Cliff Fortenberry, Chair
Assistant Professor (2001)
Assistant Professor (2002)
J. Mignon Kucia
Associate Professor (2003)
A major in Communication will provide opportunities to develop a variety of academic, performance and professional competencies. Areas of Communication concentration are designed to help prepare the student to function in such fields as business, law, public relations, the ministry, mass communication, government, education and industry.
A Communication degree may be a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a 40 hour major. The curriculum consists of a Communication core with a choice among seven concentrations:
|Concentration (Choose one) 18 sem. hrs.
Interpersonal and Public Communication
Generalist (either online or ADP format)
The Department also offers three degrees with the School of Business: Mass Communication and Marketing (B.S.); Sports Media and Marketing (B.S.); Public Relations and Marketing (B.S.).
The Department also offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Communication degree.
A minor is necessary in order to complete the B.A. or the B.S. degree in Communication. The Department suggests minors in Journalism, Business Administration, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre; however, other minors are acceptable.
The field of Communication is an excellent complement to majors in other fields. A minor consists of 18 hours in the Communication field. Eighteen hours are chosen in counsel with an advisor in the Department of Communication and approved by the student’s major advisor. Defined minors in Theatre and Journalism are offered as well.
The Mississippi College Players is the campus drama organization. The purposes of the club are to cultivate a taste for drama, to give as many students as possible a chance to participate in drama as a creative art and to promote cultural values through drama. Members of the Mississippi College Players may earn membership in Alpha Psi Omega, a national dramatics fraternity.
The Speech and Debate team sponsors oratory, extemporaneous speaking and oral interpretation of literature. Membership is open to anyone who is willing to participate in the activities. An invitation to become a member of Pi Kappa Delta is based upon achievements in speech and debate.
After completing 18 hours in communication with a GPA of at least 3.00, students may be invited to join Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association Honor Society.
Departmental Activities for Credit
The Individual Events and Debate Team affords students the opportunity to compete on the national collegiate level in public speaking and individual events.
Theatre Production provides opportunities for students to participate in major dramatic productions.
Radio Broadcasting offers students the opportunity to gain experience through working in broadcast stations.
To receive degree credit for these activities, the student must register for the appropriate course number. These activities are listed under Department Activity Courses.
By invitation of the Honors Council; see Honors Program section of Undergraduate Catalog.
Bachelor of Arts
Communication, Generalist Concentration, B.A. (available in online format)
Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication Concentration, B.A.
Communication, Journalism Concentration, B.A.
Communication, Mass Media Concentration, B.A.
Communication, Public Relations Concentration, B.A.
Communication, Sports Media Concentration, B.A.
Bachelor of Science
Communication, Generalist Concentration, B.S. (available in online format)
Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication Concentration, B.S.
Communication, Journalism Concentration, B.S.
Communication, Mass Media Concentration, B.S.
Communication, Public Relations Concentration, B.S.
Communication, Sports Media Concentration, B.S.
Mass Communication and Marketing, B.S.
Public Relations and Marketing, B.S.
Sports Media and Marketing, B.S.
Departmental Activity Courses