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College of Information and Communications

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Mass Communications

Know you want a career in communications but aren't sure which part? That's OK. We'll help you identify your strengths and focus your interests. Our students gain broad insight into the communications industry and learn to recognize and analyze the media’s role in our society. They graduate with a deep intellectual understanding of the elements at work in the media today and are well rounded and media literate.


You'll be prepared to work in the news business, public relations, advertising or head to graduate or law school. Our graduates do all of this and more, showing the depth of our program in the classroom and on the job.

Capstone Experience

You'll cap off your studies by taking two high-level courses in media ethics and criticism, honing your critical thinking skills and ability to analyze situations independently.


You'll have the opportunity to land internships in all communications fields, building on the broad range of classes you can choose from. Recent experiences include students working at daily newspapers and broadcast TV stations. And these are just some of the many opportunities for our students.


You'll learn the basics of the communication industry, and you'll have the ability to choose from classes in all other journalism fields, including print, broadcast, advertising, public relations and visual communications. Learn more about the classes you will take as a mass communications student in the university's academic bulletin.


Students learn from seasoned pros like Dr. Andrea Tanner, a former TV reporter and anchor who specializes in how the media can be used to change health behaviors. And they learn how to do the right thing from Dr. Shannon Bowen, who prepares them to make ethical decisions in the workplace. Classes also have a long list of outside experts who help guide students to success.

The Next Step

When you schedule a visit to our campus, be sure to tell the Visitor Center that you want to take advantage of our 9:30 a.m. Wednesday or Friday informational sessions.

Apply today to become a Gamecock.