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Concentrations

Communication students concentrate their studies in one of three areas: Communication studies, mass media or public relations. In addition to shared core communication coursework, students will develop a specialization in their chosen concentration through classes and internships dedicated to expanding their knowledge of the field and preparing them for career opportunities. 

  • Communication Studies¬†
    The communication studies concentration enables students to understand the centrality and complexity of communication in personal, professional and civic life as well as encourages them to engage in ethical human communication and become a critical consumer of knowledge and information. Courses reflect a variety of disciplines in the field of communication including organizational communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, small group and rhetoric. 

  • Mass Media
    The mass media curriculum encourages students to become critical producers and consumers of mass communication. Students explore the function and history of mass media in society while developing the skills for production using traditional print and broadcast journalistic practices as well as new media technologies.

  • Public Relations
    The public relations concentration uses the study and application of traditional and emerging industry tools and strategies for effective communication and relationship building between organizations and their publics. Students produce publicity and informational materials, develop and implement public relations campaigns and acquire hands-on experience within this rapidly expanding field through work with real-world clients within the local community.
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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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