Overall employment of advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations and sales managers is expected to increase by 13 percent through 2018. College graduates with related experience, a high level of creativity, and strong communication and computer skills should have the best job opportunities Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,"Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition"

As a communication undergraduate, you will develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the processes and impact of human and media communication. The curriculum is designed to assist you in developing your ability to communicate effectively and ethically in written, verbal, and visual forms within shifting technological, socio-cultural, political, leadership and economic environments.

Choice of Concentrations

In addition to a core of communication courses, you may choose a concentration of courses in advertising and public relations, journalism, filmmaking and multimedia or human communication. Each concentration includes practical skills as well as the applied understanding necessary for career development.

Outstanding Preparation

To gain real world experience, you will be encouraged to apply for internships in commercial and not-for-profit organizations, as well as Chicago media, or in the university's division of Digital Learning and Media Design, which creates award winning national teleconferences, public affairs shows and multimedia courseware. As a communication graduate, you may enjoy a career in advertising, public relations, consulting, mentoring, customer service, sales, human resources and training, media management, media writing, public affairs or TV production/directing in network and cable systems.

Program Fact Sheet

2015 to 2017 Course Schedule Plan

Required Preparation

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended course work, please see GSU transfer guides.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree. In addition, students must earn a grade of C or better in all required communication courses. Students not receiving a C or higher are only allowed to repeat the course once.

Some required and selective courses are offered only once per academic year. Students are strongly advised to register well in advance of the start of courses, and to consult closely with their assigned advisors upon entering and while in the program to ensure individual study plans are aligned with the university schedule. No more than three credit hours of COMS 4050 may be applied to the degree. COMS 3100 should be taken in the first term.

I.    General Education Requirement (37-41 Hours)

See catalog for general education requirements.

II.   Foundation Courses (9 Hours)

The following courses can be taken at either the lower- or upper-division level:

Communication Skills (including speech, TV production and media writing) (6)

COMS 3101  Concept of Human Communication (3)

III.  Core Courses (21 Hours)

The following courses must be taken at the upper-division level:

COMS 3100  Introduction to Communication (3)

COMS 3160  Public Address and Interpretation (3)

COMS 4110  Communication Research (3)

COMS 4850  Communication Ethics (3)

MCOM 4968  Senior Seminar (3)

Select one of the following:

COMS 4705  Intercultural Communication (3)

COMS 4710  Culture and Communication (3)

COMS 4720  Communication and Identity (3)

COMS 4750  Critical Gender and Sexualities (3)

COMS 5350  Gender and Communication (3)

Select one of the following:

Writing, choose one:

ENGL  4100 Advanced Composition (3)

ENGL  4626 Technical Writing (3)

MCOM 4230 Reporting, Writing and Editing (3)

MCOM 4731 Screenwriting (3)

IV.   Concentrations (15-25 Hours)

Select one of the following four concentrations:

Advertising and Public Relations Required Courses (23-25 Hours)

MCOM 4230  Reporting, Writing and Editing (3)

MCOM 4451  Introduction to Public Relations (3)

MCOM 4361  Advertising and Society (3)

MCOM 4800  Internship (2-4)

Select one of the following:

MCOM 4210  Theory and History of a Free Press (3)

MCOM 4512  Media Communications Law (3)

Select one of the following:

MCOM 4379  Creative Strategies in Advertising and Public Relations (3)

MCOM 4715  Layout, Design and Production (3)

Select two courses from the following:

COMS 4452  Communication with Clients and Customers (3)

MCOM 4070  Media Workshop (3)

MCOM 4275  Media Planning and Management (3)

MCOM 4452  Public Relations Case Studies (3)

MST 3212     Social Media (3)


Required Courses (21 Hours)

MCOM 4230  Reporting, Writing and Editing (3)

MCOM 4361  Advertising and Society (3)

MCOM 4451  Public Relations (3)

MCOM 4800  Internship (3)

Select one of the following:

MCOM 4210  Theory and History of a Free Press (3)

MCOM 4512  Media Communications Law (3)

Select two of the following:

MCOM 4070  Media Workshop (3)

MCOM 4255  Broadcast Journalism (3)

MCOM 4260  Newswriting and Reporting (3)

MCOM 4715  Layout, Design and Production (3)

MCOM 4725  Desktop Publishing (3)

MST    3212  Social Media (3)

Filmmaking and Multimedia Required Courses (18 Hours)

Select a minimum of six classes (18 credit hours or more) from among the following selections:

ART    4544  Digital Photographic Imaging (3)

MCOM 4040  Film Seminar (3)

MCOM 4070  Media Workshop (3)

MCOM 4731  Screenwriting (3)

MCOM 4734  Video Production Editing (3)

MCOM 4735  Documentary Filmmaking (3)

MCOM 4740  Television Production (3)

MCOM 4746  Advanced Video Editing (3)

MCOM 4777  Cinematography (3)

MCOM 4800  Internship (3)

MCOM 5702  Digital Film Production (3)

Human Communications Required Courses (15 Hours)

COMS 4100  Communication Theory (3)


Select four classes, with at least one class from each of the following categories:

Business and Organizational Communication

COMS 4400  Corporate and Community Communication Systems (3)

COMS 4425  Group Communication Process and Leadership (3)

COMS 4435  Conflict Management (3)

Interpersonal Communication

COMS4130   Interpersonal Skills (3)

COMS 4125  Listening (3)

COMS4330   Intrapersonal Communication (3)

Public Communication

Select one of the following:

COMS 4160  Persuasive Theory and Practice (3)

COMS 4500  Political Communication (3)

COMS 4780  Rhetoric and Popular Culture (3)

V.   Communications Electives (6-9 Hours)

Select 6 to 9 hours of communications courses with advisor approval.

VI.  Electives (16-33 Hours)

VII. Total - 120 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.


Career Resources
Learn about careers in communication, training, and related fields by clicking on topics below. Also, please be sure to check out GSU's Office of Career Services in room A1120.

Current students: please visit MyGSU for additional resources.

Look for sites like these online:
Tips for Writing Your Resume

10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume

10 Things to Leave Off Your Resume

Pathways to Careers in Communication

New Jersey Communication Association

Writing Personal Statements & Application Letters

Survey of Communication PhDs. five years after earning their degree

Careers in the Field of Communication
Ever wonder what you can do with a degree in Communication?
Check out this list of famous people who earned their degree in Communication to find out which presidents, actors, athletes, journalists, and magazine moguls have studied communication.

marketing specialist · copywriter · account executive · sales manager · media planner · media buyer · creative director · media sales representative · public opinion researcher

Communication Education
language arts coordinator · high school speech teacher · forensic/debate coach · drama director · college or university professor · speech communication department chairperson

Electronic Media/Radio-Television Broadcasting
broadcasting station manager · director of broadcasting · film/tape librarian · community relations director · unit manager · film editor · news director · news writer · transmitter engineer · technical director · advertising sales coordinator · traffic/ continuity specialist · media buyer · market researcher · actor · announcer · disc jockey · news anchor · public relations manager · comedy writer · casting director · researcher · business manager · account executive · floor manager · talk show host

reporter · editor · newscaster · author · copywriter · script writer · publisher · news service researcher · technical writer · acquisitions editor · media interviewer · talk show host

Public Relations
publicity manager · advertising manager · marketing specialist · press agent · lobbyist · corporate public affairs specialist · account executive · development officer · fundraiser · membership recruiter · sales manager · media analyst · media planner · creative director · audience analyst · news writer · public opinion researcher

Theatre/Performing Arts/ Dramatic Arts
performing artists · script writer · producer · director · arts administrator · performing arts educator · costume designer · scenic designer · lighting designer · theatre critic · makeup artist · stage manager · model · theatre professor · casting director

Careers in Fields Related to Communication

sales representative · executive manager · personal manager · public information officer · industrial and labor relations representative · negotiator · director of corporate communication · customer service representative · newsletter editor · communication trainer · human resource manager · buyer

teacher · school counselor · educational researcher · audiovisual specialist · educational administrator · school/ university information specialist · director of college news · director of collegiate information center · educational tester · developmental officer · educational fundraiser · alumni officer · college placement officer · college admission director · college recruiter

public information officer · speech writer · legislative assistant · campaign director · research specialist · program coordinator · negotiator · lobbyist · press secretary · elected official

Health Care
health educator · school health care administrator · medical grant writer · hospital director of communication · clinic public relations director · health communication analyst · research analysis · medical training supervisor · communications manager for federal health agencies · health personnel educator · medical center publications editor · hospice manager · drug rehabilitationist · health care counselor · activities director · marketing director · health facility fundraiser

High Technology Industries
trainer for communication technologies · closed circuit television producer/ director · system analyst · technical copywriter · language specialist · speech synthesizer · cognition researcher · audio and visual computer display specialist · performance assessor

International Relations
on-air international broadcasting talent · corporate representative · translator · student tour coordinator · diplomat · foreign relations officer · host/ hostess for foreign dignitaries · foreign correspondent

public defender · corporate lawyer · district attorney · public interest lawyer · private practice lawyer · legal researcher · mediation and negotiation specialist · paralegal researcher · legal secretary · legal reporter · legal educator

Social and Human Services
Public administrator · social worker · recreational supervisor · human rights officer · community affairs liaison · park service public relations specialist · philanthropic representative · religious leader · mental counselor

Professional and Academic Associations
Communication & Media Communication Associations
The Independent Feature Project

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Women in Film Chicago

Documentary Filmmaking

Directors Guild of America

Writers Guild of America

Digital Filmmaker's Resources Site

Association for Multimedia Communication

Association for Women in Communication

International Association of Business Communicators

Journalist's Resource

Human Performance and Training Associations
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)

Chicago Chapter of American Society for Training and Development (CCASTD)

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

Information Technology Training Association (ITTA)

International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)

Chicago International Society for Performance Improvement (CISPI)

Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT)

Academic Associations
National Communication Association (NCA)

International Communication Association (ICA)

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Southern States Communication Association (SSCA)

Western States Communication Association (WSCA)

Eastern Communication Association (ECA)

World Communication Association (WCA)

American Communication Association (ACA)

University Film and Video Association

Broadcast Education Association

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

Pop Culture & American Culture Associations

Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS)

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG)

Association for Cultural Studies

International Listening Association

Advising Information

Advertising and Public Relations, Human Communication and Journalism concentrations 

Debbie James
Assistant Professor (A-F)

Jayne Goode (G-L)
Assistant Professor

Yevette Brown (M-R)
Associate Professor

Lara Stache (S-Z)

Filmmaking and Multimedia concentration

Dan Nearing (A-L)

Sang Hoon Lee (M-Z)
Associate Professor