Degree Requirements

B.S., Major in Communication

Core Requirements:

101 Survey of Mass Communications
103 Graphic Design
110 Media Writing 1
250 Media Law and Ethics
315 Persuasion
410 Theories of Human Communication

Choose an emphasis area: 

Please see SC Course Catalog for a complete and updated listing of General Education courses.   


Emphasis in Communication Studies

203 Interpersonal Communication
208 Critical Thinking and Argumentation
217 Advanced Presentational Speaking
215 Intercultural Communication
315 Family Communication 
340 Communicating Teamwork, Leadership, Group Communication
350 Communicating Pop Culture
395 Communication Research Methods
400 Communicating Law, Social Unrest, and Political Change
420 Recreating Image: Religion, Sports, Organizations and Politics
450 Communicating in Contemporary Social Issues

Course Descriptions
Academic Four-Year Plan


Emphasis in Convergent Journalism:

111 Radio Production
114 Video Field Production
201 Media Writing 2
205 Introduction to Photography
206 Digital Photography
214 Video News Production
221 Newspaper Experience (minimum 2 hours)
223 Yearbook Experience (minimum 2 hours)
231 Radio Experience (minimum 1 hour)
233 Television Experience (minimum 1 hour)
312 Visual Storytelling
321 Convergent News Experience (minimum 4 hours)
345 Desktop Publishing

Course Descriptions
Academic Four-Year Plan


Emphasis in Film Studies and Production:

114 Video Field Production
205 Introduction to Photography or 206 Digital Photography
211 Introduction to the Cinema
214 Video News Production
246 History of Television
248 History of the Cinema
312 Visual Storytelling
348 Western Cinema
349 Asian Cinema
399 Screenwriting
454 Senior Project in Film

Course Descriptions
Academic Four-Year Plan


Emphasis in General Communication:

27-credit hours: selected from within the Division in coordination with a Communication/Computer Science with advisor approval.

6-additional hours: selected from within the Communication/Computer Science Division or external to the Division with advisor approval.

Course Descriptions
Academic Four-Year Plan


Emphasis in New Media:

In Communication:

114 Video Field Production
201 Media Writing 2
206 Digital Photography
345 Desktop Publishing
346 Multimedia Authoring for CD ROM and the Web

In Computer Science and Digital Arts:

211 Basic Information and Web Site Design

Choose one of the following:
In Communication:

320 Advanced Web Site Design: Graphic Techniques or

In Computer Science and Digital Arts:

321 Advanced Web Site Design: Dynamic Sites; Interactivity

An additional six hours from within the communication/computer science division or external to the division with advisor approval. See the other emphases and suggested coursework.

Cognate requirements:
In English:

340 Language: Structure and Meaning
360 Advanced Composition

Course Descriptions
Academic Four-Year Plan


Emphasis in Professional Communication:

In Communication:

345 Desktop Publishing (3 hrs)
203 Interpersonal Communication OR
215 Intercultural Communication (3 hrs) 
205 Introduction to Photography OR
206 Digital Photography OR
114 Video Field Production (3 hrs)
317 Advanced Presentational Speaking (3 hrs)
294 Public Relations (3 hrs)
417 Organizational Communication (3 hrs)

In Computer Science and Digital Arts:

211 Basic Information and Web Site Design

In English:

360 Advanced Composition (3 hrs)
340 Language: Structure and Meaning (3 hrs)
420 Professional Writing (3 hrs)
plus 3 hrs/one course from:
330 Creative Writing: Short Story
337 Creative Writing: Poetry
348 Creative Writing: Novella
445 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
447 Creative Writing: Genre Fiction

Students who choose professional communication as an emphasis should select a minor. The minor will allow the student to develop expertise in a career area. The minors will allow them to select a specialty such as medical communication, science communication, political communication, athletic communication, etc. Student will also be encouraged to enrollments in as many experiences areas as possible, such as English journal, Collegian student newspaper, Moundbuilder yearbook, serving as communication or publicity chair for campus organization, interning in the Communications Office, etc.

Course Descriptions
Academic Four-Year Plan


Emphasis in Radio and Television Production and Performance:

111 Radio Production
114 Video Field Production
201 Media Writing 2
202 Oral Storytelling
214 Video News Production
231 Radio Experience (minimum three hours)
233 TV Experience (minimum three hours)
246 History of Television
248 History of the Cinema or 211 Introduction to the Cinema
312 Visual Storytelling

An additional three hours from within the communication/computer science division or external to the division with advisor approval. See the other emphases and suggested coursework.

Course Descriptions
Academic Four-Year Plan


Suggested additional coursework for all emphasis areas:

In Communication:

104 Software Lab
210 Business Communications
211 Introduction to the Cinema
213 Journalism Projects
294 Public Relations
341 Radio Management
343 Television Management
348 International Cinema: Western Culture
349 International Cinema: Asian Culture
394 Marketing
421 Journalism Management

In English:

420 Business and Administrative Communication

In History:

132 American History since 1865
331 19th Century U.S. History

In Psychology:

219 Social Psychology
328 Organizational Behavior

In Theatre:

234 The Expressive Voice
Communication