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 Communication.
Organizational 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 Communication. Organizational 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 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:
* Pass the SOCM Entrance Exam with a score of 70% 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 “C” or better in all communication courses counted toward their degree.
Choose one of the following according to the selected concentration:
Select one of two concentrations listed below:
Concentration requirements (15 Credit Hours)
Concentration electives - 6 Credit Hours; choose 2
Upper Division Elective Courses - 9 Credit Hours; choose 3
Choose 9 hours from any 3000-4000 level SOCM course not previously taken. Each concentration provides students a recommended list of electives for that concentration.
Concentration requirements (9 Credit Hours)
Major Electives (choose three courses for 9 credit hours, with at least 6 hours in SOCM)
Select courses not chosen above. Check the course description section of the university catalog to determine prerequisites that might be needed for some courses.
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.
Any courses (1000-4000) in the university curriculum. Students must earn a grade of "D" or better.