The study and practice of communication builds essential competencies in understanding and using language, sharing ideas and experiences and enrolling others in possibilities for personal/communal growth and excellence in the workplace.
Communication courses provide majors with a broad base of knowledge and application to develop creative and critical thinking processes, which shape messages to impact others in a multitude of social and work environments. Faculty prepare students for professional employment or graduate studies.
Courses and internships, along with participation in extracurricular opportunities, prepare students for a broad range of careers in communication such as in mass media industries, public relations in numerous fields, event planning, education, business, cultural & performance organizations, political science, government and speech pathology.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- Gather, interpret, analyze and produce oral and written communication.
- Apply the understanding of language and media formats with skills in speaking, listening, voice production, audience analysis, message/campaign development, storytelling, performance of literature, persuasion & negotiation, interviewing & reporting, small group dynamics, problem-solving and decision-making.
- Develop commitments and apply faith in learning, leading and serving, along with their mastery knowledge of mass media tools and speech communication skills, to the workplace and in civic engagement.
- Research socially relevant issues, listen to diverse voices, connect to people, make visible marginalized communities and support processes of negotiation and collaboration.
- Conduct ethnographic or journalistic field research.
- Gather voices and stories of people, communities or events.
- Use critical and creative thinking frameworks to ethically and relationally analyze, interpret, build and present communication and mass media materials.
The Communication Emphasis Internship Program permits communication majors to gain experience in a range of careers. Internships are available in radio and television, public relations, newspaper and magazine publishing and speech pathology. Charleston Southern University communication graduates are prepared to be successful practitioners serving and leading with a moral and ethical grounding in a complex and diverse world.
Communication students have thrived in public relations, radio and television internships at local businesses including: Azalea Magazine, Charleston County Aviation Authority, Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston Riverdogs, Chick-fil-A, City of Goose Creek, Drayton Hall, Fox 24/MyTV Charleston, Greater Summerville/Dorchester County – Chamber of Commerce, Journey Church, Metanoia Community Development Corporation, Middleton Place, Town of Moncks Corner, RSVP Events and PR, Santee Cooper, South Carolina Stingrays, The Summer House, Trident Health System, Trident United Way.