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Major in Communication Studies

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. Work on a newscast in the Media Lab, shoot and edit documentary footage, and start adapting to the next generation of digital storytelling tools. 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.

Careers for communication studies majors

With a B.A. in communication studies, Furman graduates develop the tools to thrive in a variety of fields in mass media and beyond, such as advertising and marketing, politics and law, television and film, and theater arts.

A communications studies B.A. can prepare you for a career in:

  • Public relations
  • Meeting and event planning
  • Brand strategy
  • Media/social media management and strategy
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Sales

Communication studies courses: What will you study?

Media and Society

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Advanced Multimedia Storytelling

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200+
communication studies majors at Furman
24%
of our alumni are now leaders and managers in business
1st
Master of Arts in Strategic Design in the world

What our students say

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“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
    Title:

    Instructor, Communication Studies

    Selena Dickey

    Selena Dickey
    Title:

    Instructor, Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943057

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  • Alyson Farzad-Phillips
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

    Alyson Farzad-Phillips

    Alyson Farzad-Phillips
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642932219

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  • Brandon Inabinet
    Title:

    Professor, Communication Studies

    Inabinet

    Brandon Inabinet
    Title:

    Professor, Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8038370537

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  • Cynthia King
    Title:

    Professor of Communication Studies

    Cynthia King

    Cynthia King
    Title:

    Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943068

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  • Janet Kwami
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Communication Studies

    Janet Kwami

    Janet Kwami
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942304

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  • Richard Letteri
    Title:

    Professor of Communication Studies

    Richard Letteri
    Title:

    Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943170

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  • Camille Lewis
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

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    Camille Lewis
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943054

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  • John A. McArthur
    Title:

    Professor & Chair, Communication Studies

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    John A. McArthur
    Title:

    Professor & Chair, Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942315

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  • Adam Richards
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Communication Studies

    Adam Richards

    Adam Richards
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943171

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  • Mai Nou Xiong-Gum
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

    Mai Nou Xiong-Gum

    Mai Nou Xiong-Gum
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943145

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a communication studies degree?

    Communication studies prepares graduates with the tools to thrive in a variety of fields in mass media and beyond, such as advertising and marketing, politics and law, television and film, and theatre arts. Furman graduates with a B.A. in communication studies have worked as marketers, public relations practitioners, customer service representatives, human resources professionals, lawyers and members of the media, according to an Emsi report.

    What is the average salary for communication studies majors?

    Graduates with a communication studies B.A. earn an average of $45,800 a year, with potential wages of $86,8000, according to an Emsi report.

    How long does it take to earn a communication studies degree?

    The communication studies B.A. program at Furman is a four-year program.

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