Communication Studies Undergraduate Programs
The Department of Communication Studies is concerned with human interaction and communication in all of its forms. The department offers concentrations in Communication Management and Mass Communication.
Students interested in studying communication should consult the department chair or undergraduate coordinator as well as the requirements set by the College of Arts and Sciences.
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Major in Communication Studies with Communication Management Concentration
The Communication Management concentration is designed for students interested in the general principles of communication from interpersonal relationships to the theory and practice of public dialogue. A minor is available in Communication Management for non-majors.
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Major in Communication Studies with a Mass Communication Concentration
The Mass Communication concentration allows students to specialize in journalism, broadcasting, or public relations. Minors are available in Mass Communication. A Minor is required for a degree in Mass Communication.
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Students interested in developing a concentration in mass communication may select from one of three specializations available in the department: journalism, broadcasting, or public relations. Students specializing in one of the mass communication specializations may also major or minor in communication management.
The curriculum in journalism is designed to prepare students for work with newspapers, magazines and company publications. In addition to courses in writing, reporting, and editing, the journalism program frequently offers special courses aimed at meeting the media demands of Birmingham, its people, and its publications.
Students in broadcasting prepare for professional careers in television production, news operations, or management. In addition to skills courses, students are given a strong theoretical foundation designed for both the media professional and the potential graduate student in mass communication.
Public relations is a pre-professional program designed to acquaint students with the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary for relating ideas and information to man “publics.” The program stresses writing, oral, and analytical skills.
A number of awards and scholarships are available to Communication majors. Please contact the main office in Heritage Hall for more information.