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Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies offers you a unique learning experience unlike any other in the region. You will learn to analyze, critically evaluate, and develop skills in important communication practices. You will develop the intellectual resources needed to articulate your own ideas and share them with others. A major in Communication Studies offers you the knowledge and expertise that are essential to becoming a leader in a complex world.

Meet the Faculty
Major Areas of Study
Mission Statement
Vision Statement
Specific Goals
What can I do with a Communication Studies major?
Activities
Related Links

Meet the Faculty

The Department of Communication Studies is composed of four full-time faculty members and adjunct instructors with real-world experience in newspapers, public relations, marketing, and video production. As such, we are able to equip our students with the theoretical foundation they need to know the origins and premises of the field of communication and the practical experience to perform the skills they’ll need on the job.

 

Melissa BaskinMs. Melissa Baskin
Instructor of Communication Studies
ARGO Yearbook adviser
MFA 206-B
706-233-7964
mbaskin@nullshorter.edu
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Photo Not AvailableMs.  Katherine Dudley, MFA
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
MFA 201-B
706-233-7335
kdudley@nullshorter.edu

 

Photo Not AvailableMr. Charles Jones
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
MFA 201-A
706-233-7208
cwjones@nullshorter.edu

 

Dr. Bill MullenDr. William Mullen
Interim Chair, Communication Studies
Professor of Communication Studies
Lambda Pi Eta Sponsor
MFA-204
706-233-7336
bmullen@nullshorter.edu
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Major Areas of Study

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies
Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies

Concentrations

Organizational Communication
Advertising/Public Relations
Coming Soon: Digital Production

Mission Statement

The mission of the Communication Studies Department is to equip communication majors with the theoretical foundation they need to know the origins and premises of the field of communication and the practical experience to perform the skills they’ll need on the job. In keeping with the university’s academic integrity code and the beliefs of the College of Arts and Sciences, the department seeks to develop ethical men and women of disciplined, creative minds and lives that focus on leadership, service, and learning. Additionally, the department provides its majors with an intellectual foundation in the liberal arts that promotes critical thinking, civic responsibility, and Christ-like conduct.

Vision Statement

Our desire is to pursue the Lord with our all heart, soul, strength, and mind so that we go out and communicate excellence to the world (Luke 10:27; Colossians 3:23).

In pursuit of the mission, the Department of Communication Studies has set goals that the department’s majors will:

  1. Understand communication with a liberal arts emphasis
  2. Acquire and strengthen marketable skills
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills
  4. Develop proficiency in oral communication
  5. Develop proficiency in written communication

What can I do with a Communication Studies major?

Communication will be used in every career path a student chooses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a major in Communication Studies has a longer list of career opportunities than a major in engineering, biological sciences, and mathematics. In fact, Communication is the essential skill for this Information Age. A major in Communication Studies will provide students with the skills necessary to achieve success in all aspects of your life. So regardless of the field the student ultimately ends up working in, the Communication degree is the ideal foundation for achievement in that area. Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in media, teaching, ministry, service, chambers of commerce, and entertainment.

Activities

Communication Studies also sponsors Lambda Pi Eta (LPE), the National Communication Association’s official honor society which recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.  Click the LPE link below for more information.

Related Links

National Communication Association
Public Relations Student Society of America
National Lambda Pi Eta Association
Georgia Communication Association

 

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