What is a communication studies degree?

Ideas have power, and today that power is amplified by the media. Leaders and innovators need to understand how an expanding world is communicating – and gain the insight to make a significant impact.

Why pursue communication studies at Furman?

We’re all about connections – not only connecting students to faculty in a supportive liberal arts and sciences environment, but also connecting them to technology and practical experience. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

Engaged learning takes our students beyond the classroom. See how international media covers politics and sports during a semester abroad. Explore internships in a growing media market ranked in the top 10 in the Southeast. Follow your interests with an independent research project in anything from broadcasting history to future software applications. And apply your new critical thinking and analytical skills to every facet of your life. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

Communication studies courses: What will you study?

The following are examples of course from the media studies track and rhetoric & advocacy track, respectively:

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    communication studies majors at Furman
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    of our alumni are now leaders and managers in business
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    Master of Arts in Strategic Design in the world
What our students say
“I chose to be a communication studies major because I feel like this major uses all of my strong points to connect to people. My voice matters.”
– Cole Neely ’21

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s communication studies faculty represents decades of study and real-world expertise.

Selena Dickey

Instructor, Communication Studies

Alyson Farzad-Phillips

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Brandon Inabinet

Professor, Communication Studies

Cynthia King

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence; Professor of Communication Studies

Janet Kwami

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Richard Letteri

Professor of Communication Studies

Camille Lewis

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

John A. McArthur

Professor & Chair, Communication Studies

Adam Richards

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Mai Nou Xiong-Gum

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Mary Sturgill

Media Specialist/Instructor

Nigel Robertson

Journalist in Residence
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