The Media Lab
Our Media Lab is one of the busiest places in Furman Hall. Communication Studies students have access to our broadcast studio, editing bays, camera equipment, podcast kits, and technology to capture those hard to reach shots like gimbals, iPhone mounting kits, and drones.
The lab is a fully functional broadcast studio, complete with integrated cameras and lights on a tricaster switching system. Many of our shows, podcasts, and digital storis are produced in the studio, our equipment is also portable, allowing Furman, Greenville, and the world to shine in our productions. Our drones fly high above the Furman lake every week, but you might also find them on a MayX trip to Ghana or capturing an event in downtown Greenville.
The Media Lab is the home of our television studio, in which students produce a regular newscast that airs on the campus cable network. Our students also routinely create sports reports, documentaries, PSAs, advertisements, and other forms of digital media.
Students have a number of ways to get involved in the communication studies department.
Student Advisory Board
Because our major is large and robust, we rely on student input to make our programs vibrant and current. Our student advisory board is a select group of juniors and seniors who work with the faculty on programming, make suggestions about curriculum, and celebrate student achievements.
Lambda Pi Eta
Furman is home to the Nu Theta Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society in communication studies. Students are selected for membership based on coursework, grade point average, and commitment to the academic field of study.
Furman University News Channel (FUNC)
FUNC is a television club that presents a weekly campus newscast. As a student, you can be engaged in all phases of the television broadcast, from research to anchoring. Contact us for information on joining the club.
The Media Corps
Our media lab often received requests for freelance work from around the community. Students can join our media corps and work directly with clients to produce video projects ready to be aired on television or online. Contact us for information on getting involved.
Furman University Debate Team
Our debate team is an active student group jointly organized under the Communication Studies department and the student government. We offer a forum for students to engage in both friendly and competitive intellectual debate in weekly meetings, campus cultural life programs, and intercollegiate debate tournaments.
We encourage all levels of participation, whether your interest is competitive debate, public speaking, or just discussing the issues of the day over coffee. We do not expect students to have any previous experience in speech or debate, only an eagerness to learn and a willingness to consider new perspectives on controversial issues.