9.10. Communication Studies

Programs offered:
B.A. in Communication Studies
B.A. in Communication Studies (Media Studies track)
B.A. in Communication Studies (Public Relations track)
B.A. in Communication Studies (Rhetoric and Public Discourse track)
B.A.L.S. in Communication Studies
Minor in Communication Studies (TU)
Minor in Communication Studies (ADP)

The program in Communication and Rhetoric Studies[15] prepares students to become critically reflective citizens and practitioners in professions, including journalism, public relations, law, politics, broadcasting, advertising, public service, corporate communications and publishing. Students learn to perform effectively as ethical communicators – as speakers, writers, readers and researchers who know how to examine and engage audiences, from local to global situations. Majors acquire theories, research methods and practices for producing as well as judging communication of all kinds – written, spoken, visual and multi-media. The program encourages students to understand messages, audiences and media as shaped by social, historical, political, economic and cultural conditions.

Students have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in a communication field of their choice through an internship. A leading center for the communications industry, Atlanta provides excellent opportunities for students to explore career options and apply their skills.

There are two ways a student can complete the major – with a track or without a track (general major). Students have the option of pursuing the major with a track in one of these three areas: Media Studies, Public Relations, and Rhetoric and Public Discourse.

The track in Media Studies provides students with an understanding of the media environment both domestically and internationally. Students will examine the forces shaping the creation of media texts, learn to critically analyze these texts, explore the role and impact of social media and will develop an appreciation of the way the media shape their understanding of the world.

The track in Public Relations provides students with a solid foundation in the area of Public Relations. Students will receive an introduction to the field and learn critical skills such as writing and planning. Advanced courses will delve into major theories in Public Relations and campaign building in order to provide an understanding of how critical processes in PR can best be developed and implemented. Throughout the program, students will work with actual clients across the Atlanta region to provide a real-world experience and contacts.

The track in Rhetoric and Public Discourse provides students with an understanding of the theories and practices of rhetoric and cultural studies. From its ancient to contemporary articulations, the field of rhetoric prepares citizens to engage and persuade audiences on matters of public concern, cultural value, and social change. Students will learn to apply rhetoric to produce as well as critique arguments on public issues for specific audiences, purposes, and situations. This track enables students to investigate the critical interplay of language, power, identity, and community in public discourse. Courses focus on rhetorics of public participation and advocacy in politics, social movements and protests, and the emerging digital publics of social media.

B.A. in Communication Studies (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    COM 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    COM 105 Introduction to Communication Research Methods
    COM 110 Public Speaking
    COM 120 Introduction to Media Studies
  2. Completion of two of the following courses, at least one must bear the COM designation:
    COM 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    COM 310 Public Relations Writing
    COM 320 Persuasive Writing
    NPM 265 Nonprofit Communication
    WRI 200 Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 230 Creative Writing
    WRI 231 Biography and Autobiography
    WRI 290 Special Topics in Writing
    WRI 331 Writing Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction
    WRI 400 Advanced Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 490 Advanced Special Topics in Writing
  3. Completion of four of the following courses (at least two, not including internships, must be at the 400-level):
    COM 200 Independent Study in Communication and Rhetoric
    COM 220 Intercultural Communication
    COM 250 Digital Storytelling
    COM 270 Principles of Public Relations
    COM 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication
    COM 290 Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 330 Social Media Theories and Impact
    COM 350 Just Food? The Cultural Rhetorics and Politics of Consumption
    COM 360 Social Media Strategy and Analytics
    COM 380 Feminist Media Studies
    COM 400 Advanced Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 410 Public Relations Theory and Research
    COM 420 Media, Culture, and Society
    COM 430 Race and Representation in the Media
    COM 440 Public Relations Campaigns
    COM 450 Crisis Communication
    COM 460 Rhetorical Theories of Emotion and Affect
    COM 470 Globalization and the Media
    COM 480 Rhetoric of Human Rights
    COM 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies
  4. Additional requirements and things to note:
    • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    • All majors must also complete a TU minor course of study to connect their field to a related body of knowledge and to enhance career possibilities. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and skills through this required minor in such areas as studio art, philosophy, psychology, business administration, politics and international studies.
    • At least one of the courses meeting the writing requirement must have a COM designation.
    • At least one 400-level COM course (excluding COM 495) must be taken at Oglethorpe.
    • At most, one course contributing to the major can be counted toward a minor or a second major in another discipline.
    • If a third writing course is taken, it will count toward one of the five electives in section 3 (above).
    • Though COM 495 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies maybe taken more than once, a maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied to the major. Any additional semester hours earned from COM 495 will be applied to general electives.

B.A. in Communication Studies (Media Studies track) (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    COM 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    COM 105 Introduction to Communication Research Methods
    COM 110 Public Speaking
    COM 120 Introduction to Media Studies
  2. Completion of two of the following courses, at least one must bear a COM designation:
    COM 240 Introduction to Newswriting
    COM 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    COM 310 Public Relations Writing
    COM 320 Persuasive Writing
    NPM 265 Nonprofit Communication
    WRI 200 Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 230 Creative Writing
    WRI 231 Biography and Autobiography
    WRI 290 Special Topics in Writing
    WRI 331 Writing Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction
    WRI 400 Advanced Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 490 Advanced Special Topics in Writing
  3. Completion of four of the following courses (at least two, not including internships, must be at the 400-level):
    COM 200 Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 220 Intercultural Communication
    COM 250 Digital Storytelling
    COM 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication
    COM 290 Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 330 Social Media Theories and Impact
    COM 360 Social Media Strategy and Analytics
    COM 380 Feminist Media Studies
    COM 400 Advanced Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 420 Media, Culture, and Society
    COM 430 Race and Representation in the Media
    COM 470 Globalization and the Media
    COM 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies
  4. Additional requirements and things to note:
    • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    • All majors must also complete a TU minor course of study to connect their field to a related body of knowledge and to enhance career possibilities. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and skills through this required minor in such areas as studio art, philosophy, psychology, business administration, politics and international studies.
    • At least one of the courses meeting the writing requirement must have a COM designation.
    • At least one 400-level COM course (excluding COM 495) must be taken at Oglethorpe.
    • At most, one course contributing to the major can be counted toward a minor or a second major in another discipline.
    • If a third writing course is taken, it will count toward one of the five electives in section 3 (above).
    • Though COM 495 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies maybe taken more than once, a maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied to the major. Any additional semester hours earned from COM 495 will be applied to general electives.

B.A. in Communication Studies (Public Relations Track) (see Sec. 8.5.1. For a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    COM 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    COM 105 Introduction to Communication Research Methods
    COM 110 Public Speaking
    COM 120 Introduction to Media Studies
    COM 270 Principles of Public Relations
    COM 310 Public Relations Writing
    COM 410 Public Relations Theory and Research
  2. Completion of one of the following:
    COM 240 Introduction to Newswriting
    COM 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    COM 320 Persuasive Writing
    NPM 265 Nonprofit Communications
    WRI 200 Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 230 Creative Writing
    WRI 231 Biography and Autobiography
    WRI 290 Special Topics in Writing
    WRI 331 Writing Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction
    WRI 400 Advanced Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 490 Advanced Special Topics in Writing
  3. Completion of two of the following courses (at least one, not including internships, must be at the 400-level):
    COM 200 Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 220 Intercultural Communication
    COM 290 Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 330 Social Media Theories and Impact
    COM 360 Social Media Strategy and Analytics
    COM 400 Advanced Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 440 Public Relations Campaigns
    COM 450 Crisis Communication
    COM 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies
  4. Additional requirements and things to note:
    • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    • All majors must also complete a TU minor course of study to connect their field to a related body of knowledge and to enhance career possibilities. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and skills through this required minor in such areas as studio art, philosophy, psychology, business administration, politics and international studies.
    • At least one of the courses meeting the writing requirement must have a COM designation.
    • At least one 400-level COM course (excluding COM 495) must be taken at Oglethorpe.
    • At most, one course contributing to the major can be counted toward a minor or a second major in another discipline.
    • If a third writing course is taken, it will count toward one of the four electives in section 3 (above).
    • Though COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies may be taken more than once, a maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied to the major. Any additional semester hours earned from COM 495 will be applied to general electives.

B.A. in Communication Studies (Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track) (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    COM 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    COM 105 Introduction to Communication Research Methods
    COM 110 Public Speaking
    COM 120 Introduction to Media Studies
    COM 320 Persuasive Writing
  2. Completion of one of the following courses:
    COM 240 Introduction to Newswriting
    COM 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    COM 310 Public Relations Writing
    NPM 265 Nonprofit Communication
    WRI 200 Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 230 Creative Writing
    WRI 231 Biography and Autobiography
    WRI 290 Special Topics in Writing
    WRI 331 Writing Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction
    WRI 400 Advanced Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 490 Advanced Special Topics in Writing
  3. Completion of four of the following (at least two, not including internships, must be at the 400-level):
    COM 200 Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 220 Intercultural Communication
    COM 290 Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 330 Social Media Theories and Impact
    COM 360 Social Media Strategy and Analytics
    COM 400 Advanced Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 440 Public Relations Campaigns
    COM 450 Crisis Communication
    COM 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies
  4. Additional requirements and things to note:
    • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    • All majors must also complete a TU minor course of study to connect their field to a related body of knowledge and to enhance career possibilities. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and skills through this required minor in such areas as studio art, philosophy, psychology, business administration, politics and international studies.
    • At least one of the courses meeting the writing requirement must have a COM designation.
    • At least one 400-level COM course (excluding COM 495) must be taken at Oglethorpe.
    • At most, one course contributing to the major can be counted toward a minor or a second major in another discipline.
    • If a third writing course is taken, it will count toward one of the five electives in section 3 (above).
    • Though COM 495 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies maybe taken more than once, a maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied to the major. Any additional semester hours earned from COM 495 will be applied to general electives.

B.A.L.S. in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (see Sec. 8.5.2. for a complete list of B.A.L.S. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    COM 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    COM 105 Introduction to Communication Research Methods
    COM 110 Public Speaking
    COM 120 Introduction to Media Studies
  2. Completion of two of the following courses:
    COM 240 Introduction to Newswriting
    COM 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    COM 310 Public Relations Writing
    COM 320 Persuasive Writing
    NPM 265 Nonprofit Communication
    WRI 230 Creative Writing
    WRI 290 Special Topics in Writing
    WRI 490 Advanced Special Topics in Writing
  3. Completion of four of the following courses (at least two, not including internships, must be at the 400-level):
    COM 200 Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 220 Intercultural Communication
    COM 250 Digital Storytelling
    COM 270 Principles of Public Relations
    COM 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication
    COM 290 Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 330 Social Media Theories and Impact
    COM 350 Just Food? The Cultural Rhetorics and Politics of Consumption
    COM 360 Social Media Strategy and Analytics
    COM 380 Feminist Media Studies
    COM 400 Advanced Independent Study in Communication Studies
    COM 410 Public Relations Theory and Research
    COM 420 Media, Culture, and Society
    COM 430 Race and Representation in the Media
    COM 440 Public Relations Campaigns
    COM 450 Crisis Communication
    COM 460 Rhetorical Theories of Emotion and Affect
    COM 470 Globalization and the Media
    COM 480 Rhetoric of Human Rights
    COM 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
    COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies
  4. Completion of a single foreign language at the 102-level.
  5. Additional requirements and things to note:
    • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major
    • All majors must also complete an ADP minor course of study to connect their field to a related body of knowledge.
    • At least one of the courses meeting the writing requirement must have a COM designation.
    • At least one 400-level COM course (excluding COM 495) must be taken at Oglethorpe.
    • At most, one course contributing to the major can be counted toward a minor or a second major in another discipline.
    • Though COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies maybe taken more than once, a maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied to the major. Any additional semester hours earned from COM 495 will be applied to general electives.

Minor in Communication Studies (TU)

    1. Completion of all of the following courses:
      COM 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
      COM 120 Introduction to Media Studies
    2. Completion of one of the following courses:
      COM 240 Introduction to Newswriting
      COM 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
      COM 310 Public Relations Writing
      COM 320 Persuasive Writing
      NPM 265 Nonprofit Communication
    3. Completion of two of the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 400-level.
      COM 105 Introduction to Communication Research Methods
      COM 110 Public Speaking
      COM 220 Intercultural Communication
      COM 250 Digital Storytelling
      COM 270 Principles of Public Relations
      COM 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication
      COM 290 Special Topics in Communication Studies
      COM 330 Social Media Theories and Impact
      COM 350 Just Food? The Cultural Rhetorics and Politics of Consumption
      COM 360 Social Media Strategy and Analytics
      COM 380 Feminist Media Studies
      COM 400 Advanced Independent Study in Communication Studies
      COM 410 Public Relations Theory and Research
      COM 420 Media, Culture, and Society
      COM 430 Race and Representation in the Media
      COM 440 Public Relations Campaigns
      COM 450 Crisis Communication
      COM 460 Rhetorical Theories of Emotion and Affect
      COM 470 Globalization and the Media
      COM 480 Rhetoric of Human Rights
      COM 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
      COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies
    4.  Additional requirements and things to note:
      At least three of the courses contributing to the minor must be taken at Oglethorpe.

Minor in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (ADP)

    1. Completion of all of the following courses:
      COM 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
      COM 120 Introduction to Media Studies
    2. Completion of one of the following courses:
      COM 240 Introduction to Newswriting
      COM 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
      COM 310 Public Relations Writing
      COM 320 Persuasive Writing
      NPM 265 Nonprofit Communication
    3. Completion of two of the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 400-level.
      COM 105 Introduction to Communication Research Methods
      COM 110 Public Speaking
      COM 220 Intercultural Communication
      COM 250 Digital Storytelling
      COM 270 Principles of Public Relations
      COM 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication
      COM 290 Special Topics in Communication Studies
      COM 330 Social Media Theories and Impact
      COM 350 Just Food? The Cultural Rhetorics and Politics of Consumption
      COM 360 Social Media Strategy and Analytics
      COM 380 Feminist Media Studies
      COM 400 Advanced Independent Study in Communication Studies
      COM 410 Public Relations Theory and Research
      COM 420 Media, Culture, and Society
      COM 430 Race and Representation in the Media
      COM 440 Public Relations Campaigns
      COM 450 Crisis Communication
      COM 460 Rhetorical Theories of Emotion and Affect
      COM 470 Globalization and the Media
      COM 480 Rhetoric of Human Rights
      COM 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
      COM 495 Internship in Communication Studies
    4.  Additional requirements and things to note:
      At least three of the courses contributing to the minor must be taken at Oglethorpe.

 

[15] A new Communication Studies program with both new track options and a general/trackless option has replaced the previous Communication and Rhetoric Studies program. These curricular changes are pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). See Sec. 2.5. and Sec. 3.2.