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Undergraduate Communication Studies Programs

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What You’ll Learn

Courses in the Department of Communication and New Media offer a broad exposure to communication theories, media writing, legal and ethical issues in communications fields, and digital media equipment. Learning from professors with experience in the communications industry, you will develop critical thinking, interpersonal and written communication, teamwork, and other skills. To complete your degree and connect your education with a career, you will gain practical experience through an internship that provides public interaction through speaking, writing and digital media.

Program Course Sample

CatalogCourse NameCredit Hours
COMM 220Digital Media Convergence3
COMM 310Digital Media Writing3
COMM 480Legal and Ethical Issues in Mass Media3

Available Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

In addition to general education and prerequisite course requirements, Communication Studies majors must complete 39 hours of coursework, which includes 15 hours of department core classes and 24 hours focused on a specific concentration in Photography, Public Relations or Video and Film. To provide you with reality-based experience, an off-campus professional internship associated with your concentration is also required.

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog

Minor in Communication Studies

Communication Studies minors must complete nine hours of department core requirements and nine additional hours of Communication Studies elective courses. An off-campus professional internship is also required.  

For a more in-depth look at minor requirements, visit our Academic Catalog


What You’ll Do

Our graduates have received professional opportunities with broadcast television networks, Sports Illustrated and other regional and national communications companies. Professionals with Communication Studies degrees often pursue careers in fields that include:

  • public relations
  • print or television news media
  • advertising and sales
  • graphic design and creative development.

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Dr. Bob Carey

Chair, Department of Communication Studies

Communication and New Media


(704) 406-3803

Campus Box: 7289

112 Communication Studies Hall

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