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Communication Studies

Communication studies is a concentration within the communications degree. It 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 globalized world.

Students learn how to research topics using credible sources, develop and organize ideas and arguments, 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 studies 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 studies majors learn how to market themselves in any profession including, but not limited to human resources, health communication, business, marketing, sales, advertising, media and politics. The applied approach to curriculum and assignments gives students the practice they need to be successful in their future communication interactions and behaviors regardless of their field or discipline. 


Contact Us:

Department Chair
Lee Neibert

USC Upstate
Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies
HPAC 125
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5844
Fax: 864-503-5814
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