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Communication studies is a concentration within the communications degree. A concentration in communication studies provides students with a deep
understanding of the centrality of communication in personal, professional,
civic and global contexts. Faculty members draw on their professional
expertise in cultural, intercultural, interpersonal and organizational
communication as well as rhetoric to help students learn practical, analytical
and critical thinking skills as they engage in an increasingly diverse and
Students learn how to
research topics using credible sources, develop and organize ideas, tailor
effective messages for a variety of audiences, and effectively deliver written
and oral presentations. In addition to providing conflict management and problem-solving
skills, the curriculum includes courses designed to help students analyze
organizational, public, interpersonal and cultural communication; argue
convincingly; and respond constructively, respectfully and ethically.
Communication courses encourage students to become responsible communicators,
critical thinkers and engaged participants in creating a just, environmentally
conscious and equitable society. Several courses explore how race, class,
gender and sexuality shape experiences and perceptions of difference in
organizations, the environment and national/international public communication.
A communication studies concentration provides a competitive advantage in professional and/or
academic careers. Employers consistently rank oral and written communication
skills, critical thinking and the ability to work with diverse populations as
the most desired characteristics for future employees. Communication concentrations learn how to market themselves in any profession
including human resources, health communication, business, marketing,
advertising, media and politics.
Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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