Communication Studies

Pathway to Experience, Innovation, and Community Engagement through Communication

Communication Studies is a diverse, interdisciplinary major that allows students to focus on multiple approaches to communication. The USCB Communication Studies program helps graduates poise themselves for a vast job market by advancing their verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills, combined with technical skills in public relations and media production. The program engages students in practical application of these skills through experiential learning. A degree in communication studies can help an individual craft the art of communication through high impact learning in and out of the classroom.  Innovative faculty guide students to venture forward in expanding themselves through participation in first-hand projects that focus on real-world experience. Community engagement ranges from going to local historical sites for storytelling projects to doing extensive research on campaign tactics for local non-profit organizations to going out into the field with a camera. Communication Studies students will find themselves thinking innovatively to problem solve in all aspects of their lives, no matter what pathway a student chooses. Finally, students will dive into many communities from friendships to workplaces, and find themselves immersed in what it truly means to be a part of something bigger than themselves through the power of communication.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the University of South Carolina Beaufort's baccalaureate in Communication Studies program is to provide its students with a broad understanding of fundamental communication theories, principles, and practices within communication contexts such as interpersonal, groups, organizations, cultures, and the mass media and in the history and scholarship of the communication studies discipline. As a core of liberal arts education, the communication studies major enhances essential communication skills and fosters critical, self-reflective communicators who are effective members of society. The program will prepare graduates both for professional careers related to communication and graduate programs in communication studies.

Program Goals

  • Meet demands of regional students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in communication studies
  • Foster a fundamental understanding of the communication process
  • Provide students with knowledge of the key communication principles, theories and research/scholarship that results in students becoming self-reflective, competent, ethical communicators; critical consumers of communication in a variety of contexts; a global perspective and critical reading/thinking skills
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain experience and knowledge in conducting communication studies research/scholarship
  • Provide opportunities for students to practice oral communication skills, both speaking and listening
  • Prepare students to contribute to their future education and work environments

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Everyday Adventures of Communication Studies Students

For more information on the Communication Studies major, contact:

Dr. Brett Borton, Associate Professor -
Dr. Jayne Violette, Professor -
Dr. Caroline Sawyer, Associate Professor -

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