School of Communication & Media

Programs / B.S. in Communication

The Bachelor of Science in Communication

The program of study in communication offers a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in one of three academic concentrations: (1) Journalism and Emerging Media, (2) Media Studies and (3)Organizational Communication.

The major requires 18 credit hours of lower division course work (1000-2000 level) comprising various offerings, both inside and outside of the communication discipline, that serve as important groundwork leading to advanced studies. Lower division offerings include basic courses in communication research, visual communication, public speaking, writing, information systems, and an introductory course relevant to the student’s selected concentration. 

All communication majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all communication courses counted toward their degree and pass the Communication entrance exam with a score of 70% or higher.  Students may take the writing test up to three times.  Students who fail to pass the grammar test in three attempts must pursue majors in other departments.

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

* Meet the School of Communication & Media Sophomore GPA Requirement. This Sophomore GPA requirement consists of combined adjusted 2.50 GPA in the following five courses:

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

* Achieve a satisfactory score on the School of Communication & Media Entrance Exam. Students may take the test no more than three times.
 

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 hours

See listing of requirements.

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

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 2020
    CSI: Communication Sources and Investigations
    3
  • COM 2033
    Visual Communication
    3
  • COM 2129
    Public Speaking
    3
  • COM 2135
    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
  • COM 2205
    Introduction to Organizational Communication
    3
    (Organizational Communication concentration)
  • COM 2230
    Introduction to Mass Communication
    3
    (Media Studies and Journalism & Emerging Media concentrations)

Upper Division Major Requirements - 36 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3435
    Communication Research Methods
    3
  • COM 4480
    Communication Theory
    3

Major Concentration

Select one of the three concentrations listed below:

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.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3325
    Intercultural Communication
    3
  • COM 3376
    Interpersonal Communication
    3
  • COM 4344
    Organizational Training and Development
    3
  • COM 4440
    Leadership Communication
    3
  • COM 4455
    Organizational Communication Audit (Capstone)
    3

Concentration electives (choose two) (6 Credit Hours)

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3345
    Group Communication
    3
  • COM 3459
    Communication and Conflict
    3
  • COM 3366
    Nonverbal Communication
    3

Upper Division Major Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

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

Media 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.


Concentration requirements (9 Credit Hours)

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3326
    Global Media Systems
    3
  • COM 4424
    Uses and Effects of Mass Media
    3
  • COM 4485
    Media Studies Capstone
    3
Technology Competency (choose one) ( 3 Credit Hours)
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3340
    Digital Media Production
    3
  • COM 3360
    Photojournalism
    3
  • PR 4405
    Digital Publication Design
    3
Writing Competency (choose one) (3 Credit Hours)
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3330
    News Reporting and Writing
    3
  • FILM 3105
    Fundamentals of Writing for Film and Television
    3
  • WRIT 3150
    Topics in Digital Rhetoric
    3
  • PR 3375
    Public Relations Writing
    3
Media Literacy (choose two) (6 Credit Hours)
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 3740
    American Popular Culture
    3
  • COM 4425
    Gender, Race and Media
    3
  • COM 4434
    Topics in Media Studies
    3
  • COM 4444
    Film and Video Structure and Process
    3
  • COM 4470
    Media Law
    3
  • FILM 3200
    Film History and Theory I
    3
  • POLS 3380
    Mass Media and Politics
    3
  • PR 3429
    Persuasion Methods and Strategies
    3

Major Electives (choose three courses for 9 credit hours, with at least 3 hours in Communication)

Select courses not chosen above. Check the course description section of the university catalog to determine prerequisites that might be needed for some courses.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 3740
    American Popular Culture
    3
  • COM 3310
    Concepts in New Media
    3
  • COM 3315
    Interviewing
    3
  • COM 3320
    Health Communication
    3
  • COM 3325
    Intercultural Communication
    3
  • COM 3330
    News Reporting and Writing
    3
  • COM 3340
    Digital Media Production
    3
  • COM 3350
    Editing for Today's Media
    3
  • COM 3360
    Photojournalism
    3
  • COM 3376
    Interpersonal Communication
    3
  • COM 3398
    Internship in Communication
    3
  • COM 4100
    Directed Applied Research
    3
  • COM 4400
    Directed Study
    3
  • COM 4420
    Advanced Media Writing
    3
  • COM 4425
    Gender, Race and Media
    3
  • COM 4430
    Media Management
    3
  • COM 4434
    Topics in Media Studies
    3
  • COM 4445
    Advanced Digital Audio Production
    3
  • COM 4450
    Advanced Digital Video Production
    3
  • COM 4444
    Film and Video Structure and Process
    3
  • COM 4470
    Media Law
    3
  • COM 4490
    Special Topics in Communication
    3
  • FILM 3105
    Fundamentals of Writing for Film and Television
    3
  • FILM 3200
    Film History and Theory I
    3
  • POLS 3380
    Mass Media and Politics
    3
  • WRIT 3150
    Topics in Digital Rhetoric
    3
  • WRIT 3160
    Argumentative Writing
    3
  • PR 3335
    Public Relations Principles
    3
  • PR 3375
    Public Relations Writing
    3
  • PR 3429
    Persuasion Methods and Strategies
    3
  • PR 4405
    Digital Publication Design
    3

Journalism and Emerging Media

Concentration requirements (15 Credit Hours)
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3330
    News Reporting and Writing
    3
  • COM 3340
    Digital Media Production
    3
  • COM 4420
    Advanced Media Writing
    3
  • COM 4470
    Media Law
    3
  • COM 4488
    Multi-Media Visions of Community (Capstone)
    3
Advanced Journalism Elective (choose two) (6 Credit Hours)
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3350
    Editing for Today's Media
    3
  • COM 3360
    Photojournalism
    3
  • COM 4300
    Topics in Journalism
    3
  • COM 4410
    Investigative Reporting
    3
  • COM 4445
    Advanced Digital Audio Production
    3
  • COM 4450
    Advanced Digital Video Production
    3

Upper Division Major Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Choose three 3000-4000 level courses from any COM and PR course not previously taken. 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 communication. 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 prerequisites for upper-division elective courses and take them as electives in lower division major requirement or free electives. Completion of Formal Minor or Certificate Program would also satisfy the Related Studies requirement.


Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)