School of Communication & Media

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 Communication.

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:

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

* 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 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
  • 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 and Entertainment Studies concentration)

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 two concentrations listed below:

Organizational Communication

Concentration requirements (15 Credit Hours)

  • 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 - 6 Credit Hours; choose 2

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

 

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.

Media and Entertainment Studies

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
  • JOUR 3340
    Digital Media Production
    3
  • PR 4405
    Digital Publication Design
    3
Writing Competency (choose one) (3 Credit Hours)
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • JOUR 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
  • JOUR 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 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.

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • COM 3315
      Interviewing
      3
    • COM 3320
      Health Communication
      3
    • COM 3325
      Intercultural Communication
      3
    • COM 3350
      Editing for Today's Media
      3
    • COM 3376
      Interpersonal Communication
      3
    • COM 3398
      Internship in Communication
      3
    • COM 4100
      Directed Applied Research
      3
    • COM 4400
      Directed Study
      3
    • COM 4425
      Gender, Race and Media
      3
    • COM 4430
      Media Management
      3
    • COM 4434
      Topics in Media Studies
      3
    • COM 4444
      Film and Video Structure and Process
      3
    • COM 4490
      Special Topics in Communication
      3
    • JOUR 3310
      Concepts in New Media
      3
    • JOUR 3330
      News Reporting and Writing
      3
    • JOUR 3340
      Digital Media Production
      3
    • JOUR 3360
      Photojournalism
      3
    • JOUR 4412
      Sports Reporting
      3
    • JOUR 4420
      Advanced Media Writing
      3
    • JOUR 4445
      Advanced Digital Audio Production
      3
    • JOUR 4450
      Video News Production
      3
    • JOUR 4470
      Media Law
      3
    • PR 3335
      Public Relations Principles
      3
    • PR 3355
      Public Relations Cases
      3
    • PR 3375
      Public Relations Writing
      3
    • PR 3429
      Persuasion Methods and Strategies
      3
    • PR 4405
      Digital Publication Design
      3
    • AMST 3740
      American Popular Culture
      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

     

    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)