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BA in Communication

Communication and Emerging Media

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About the B.A. in Communication

The Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Communication is a liberal arts degree designed to enhance understanding of communication processes and develop oral, written and visual communication skills. Students majoring in communication examine communication processes in interpersonal, small group and public settings, within organizations and cultures, and in the mass media.

For questions about this degree program, students should contact their advisor or Dr. Ben Triana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The degree program is designed to be flexible enough to provide the student with the necessary background to pursue graduate studies, including journalism, speech communication, student personnel services and law, or to pursue diverse professions such as media, business, social and human services, the ministry, education, government, and politics.

For students wishing a more specialized degree in journalism, the first courses leading to that degree may be taken at UofSC Aiken in coordination with nationally-accredited School of Journalism and Mass Communications on the Columbia campus. The number of courses which can be taken at UofSC Aiken depends on the area of specialty: public relations, advertising, print journalism (newspapers and magazines), or electronic journalism (television and radio).

Core Classes

  • Comm A190: Intro to Communication
  • COMM A241: Public Speaking
  • COMM A320: Research Methods in Communication
  • COMM A332: Writing Across the Media
  • COMM A352: Media and Culture
  • COMM A376: Visual Communication
  • COMM A385: Group Communication
  • COMM A450: Intercultural Communication
  • COMM A497 OR A499: Capstone

Technological Literacy in Communication

The Department of Communication covers the use of presentation software in COMM 241 and COMM 353. Students receive advanced work in visual communication computing in COMM 376 and COMM 476.

Degree Requirements

Applied Speech Communication Requirement

Students seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete an applied course in speech communication as part of the general education requirements. The following two courses are considered applied speech communication courses: COMM 201 and 241. Some majors may require a specific course, so students should consult the requirements for each major.

General Education Humanities Requirement

Certain communication classes will meet the general education humanities requirement. These classes are designated by the last two digits of the course number and end in the 50s and 60s. For example, COMM 351: Persuasive Communication will meet the requirement, but COMM 385: Group Communication will not.

View the program requirements for the BA in Communication