Our program enhances skills critical for success in today’s society – the ability to speak, think, and write effectively. Employers report that the most important skills they look for in employees are the abilities to work with a team and to communicate verbally.
We not only help prepare students to be good employees, but we also help them become effective citizens with successful social relationships. Students take courses that show how communication works in health, legal, political, organizational and social settings or courses that enhance skills in interviewing, argumentation and public speaking.
We also offer classes that focus on such topics as crisis communication, humor, deception, and persuasion. Majors can study gender issues, social movements, political campaigns, race relations, and interpersonal conflict in our courses.
Courses such as Introduction to Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication, and Rhetoric and Public Life introduce students to the basic theories of human communication.
Upper level courses explore those theories in more specific contexts, such as businesses and nonprofits, crisis situations, the healthcare industry, intercultural settings, and social movements.
There are one Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and one Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees available with this major.
This degree places more of an emphasis on the humanities, with students taking foreign language/cultural studies courses and additional courses in English, History, and the arts, for example.
This degree places more of an emphasis on the social sciences, with students taking additional courses in disciplines such as Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology, as well as a basic statistics course.
Because communication is central to all areas, a degree in Communication Studies prepares graduates for a variety of careers.
We have graduates who have gone into politics and nonprofits. Some have pursued jobs in sales, management, human relations, and public relations. Some have been entrepreneurs who have built vibrant businesses, large and small.
Students have entered advanced degree programs in law, religion, college student personnel, and communication at such institutions as Duke University, University of Texas, Florida State University, Texas A&M, and University of Georgia, as well as at Southern Miss.
Enhances student understanding of communication between people with different cultural backgrounds
Offers a comprehensive study of the role of communication in political campaigns and in the general political process
Explores the communication process within organizations
Examines the research findings and persuasive strategies used in various legal contexts
Studies communication theory and practices with attention to doctor-patient interactions
Explores communication strategies for managing a crisis effectively before, during, and after an event
Investigates the rhetorical tactics that are used to create social change
Favorite Course: CMS 445: Crisis Communication
Expertise: Risk and crisis communication, organizational communication, and argumentation
Favorite Course: CMS 440: Health Communication
Expertise: Organizational health communication and risk and crisis communication
Favorite Course: CMS 403: Political Communication
Expertise: Voter identification legislation, patriotism as civic engagement, and political ideology
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Be aware of our deadlines, $40 application fee and other items on our checklist. Admission requirements vary for freshmen, transfers, prospective Honors College students and others.
Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.