School of Communication & Media

Programs / Undergraduate Programs: B.S. in Communication

Bachelor of Science in Communication

The program of study in communication offers a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in one of two academic concentrations: (1) Media and Entertainment Studies or (2) Organizational & Professional Communication.

Organizational & Professional Communication

Organizational & Professional Communication professionals study the role of communication in increasing corporate productivity and employee satisfaction. KSU is the only Georgia institution offering an undergraduate concentration in Organizational & Professional Communication. Organizational & Professional Communication students learn the skills they need to develop employee training programs, training manuals, and employee handbooks. Students also conduct communication audits at area companies to measure employee satisfaction with company communication practices. Students often intern in corporate human resources or training and development departments.

Media and Entertainment Studies

The Media and Entertainment Studies concentration helps students navigate the media-rich culture as critical thinkers and intentional media creators and users in employment and in personal life. The three competency areas-Technology, Writing, and Media Literacy-offer a focused set of knowledge gains our media studies graduates will need in an increasingly complex and converging media world. The concentration is designed to give students the freedom to personalize their studies. Students can make creative combinations of courses to suit their interests and blend knowledge and insight in interdisciplinary ways. Graduates from this concentration will be more savvy media consumers, parents, and participants in the democratic process. Career directions could include, among others: media sales, media buyer, media research, public affairs, writing and publishing, public information officer, community outreach, political advocacy, ministry, as well as communication-based jobs in local, state and federal government. Media Studies also is useful preparation for graduate study.

 

To be eligible to apply to a major in Communication, students must meet the following criteria:

* Meet the School of Communication & Media (SOCM) Sophomore GPA Requirement. This Sophomore GPA requirement consists of combined adjusted 2.75 GPA in the following five courses:

  • COM 2020
  • COM 2033
  • COM 2129
  • COM 2135
  • COM 2205 or COM 2230

* Pass the SOCM Entrance Exam with a score of 78% or highter. Students who fail to pass the grammar test in three attempts must pursue majors in other departments.

*All communication majors must earn a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in all communication courses counted toward their degree.
 

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 hours

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) - 18 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CSI: Communication Sources and Investigations
    3
  • Visual Communication
    3
  • Public Speaking
    3
  • Writing for Public Communication
    3
  • ICT 2101
    Computers and Your World
    3

Choose one of the following according to the selected concentration:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Introduction to Organizational & Professional Communication
    (Organizational & Professional Communication concentration)
    3
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
    (Media and Entertainment Studies concentration)
    3

Major Concentration

Select one of two concentrations listed below:

  • Upper Division ORGC Major Requirements - (21 hours)

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • Intercultural Communication
      3
    • Interpersonal Communication
      3
    • Communication Research Methods
      3
    • Communication Theory
      3
    • Training and Development
      3
    • Leadership Communication
      3
    • Organizational Communication Audits (Capstone)
      3

     

    Upper Division ORGC Major Electives - 6 Credit Hours; choose 2

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • Communication in Teams
      3
    • Communication and Conflict
      3
    • Health Communication
      3
    • Internship in Communication (3 hours max)
      3
    • Digital Media Production
      3
    • Digital Publication Design
      3

     

    Upper Division SOCM Electives - 9 Credit Hours; choose 3

    Choose 9 hours from any 3000-4000 level SOCM course not previously applied. Each concentration provides students a recommended list of electives for that concentration.

  • Upper Division MENT Major Requirements - (18 hours)

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • Fundamentals of Media & Entertainment Studies
      3
    • Global Media Systems
      3
    • Communication Research Methods
      3
    • Communication Theory
      3
    • Uses and Effects of Mass Media
      3
    • Media & Entertainment Studies Capstone
      3

    Technology Competency (3 hours)

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • Digital Media Production
      3

    Writing Competency (choose one) (3 Hours)

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • News Reporting and Writing
      3
    • FILM 3105
      Fundamentals of Writing for Film and Television
      3
    • WRIT 3150
      Topics in Digital Rhetoric
      3

    Media Literacy (choose two) (6 Hours)

    Entertainment Competency (choose one) (3 Hours)

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • Topics in Entertainment Studies
      3
    • Film & Video Structure & Process
      3
    • Documentary Filmmaking
      3
    • Media & Entertainment Study Tour
      3
    • MEBU 3100
      Fundamentals of the Music & Entertainment Business
      3
    • MEBU 4200
      Current Topics in the Music & Entertainment Business
      3
    • MEBU 4490
      Special Topic in the Music & Entertainment Business
      3

     


Upper Division SOCM Electives - 3 Credit Hours; choose 1

Choose 3 hours from any 3000-4000 level SOCM course not previously applied. Each concentration provides students a recommended list of electives for that concentration.


Related Studies (12 Credit Hours)

Select 12 hours of upper division course work (3000-4000 level) outside of the School of Communication and Media (SOCM). These hours do not have to be taken in a single discipline, but should relate to a particular interest or career goal. Students should determine needed prerequisites. Completion of Formal Minor or Certificate Program would also satisfy the Related Studies requirement.


Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses (1000-4000) in the university curriculum. Students must earn a grade of "D" or better.



Program Total (123 Credit Hours)