University Bulletin 2016-17

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Communication

Department of Communication web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/communication/index.html

The purpose of the Department of Communication is to provide students with core competencies, within the context of a broad liberal arts and sciences curriculum, which will prepare them to be independent, critical thinkers who uphold the highest ethical standards as communication leaders in a global society.

Given this purpose, the Department attempts to meet individual performance and career needs with a flexible curriculum. Students select one of the concentrations offered and confer with their advisors to plan their courses of study. These focused areas of study help prepare students for a variety of careers in the communication field.

The concentrations of study offered in Communication are: Communication Studies, Digital Cinema and Television, Journalism (Multimedia Journalism and Broadcast Journalism), and Strategic Communication. Students pursuing a degree in Communication also must have a minor in another discipline.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

Honors in Communication

The Communication Departmental Honors program offers undergraduate students an opportunity to prepare for a graduate program or professional career. Students in this program will use their communication skills to develop a formal research project.
To be awarded Department honors in communication, students must:

  1. Complete the standard requirements for the major in communication.
  2. Have an overall institutional GPA of 3.5 or higher (University requirement).
  3. Have a minimum 3.5 GPA in all communication courses (Department requirement).
  4. Complete a communication research methods course (CA 300, mass communication concentrations or CA 424, communication studies concentration) with an earned grade of "B" or higher. This course may be counted toward the communication degree and toward 3 hours of upper division credit.
  5. Complete a minimum of 3 credit hours, and no more than 6 credit hours in the Senior Honors Project, CA 499. Students receiving honors in communication will be required to take a minimum  of 48 hours in communication (including CA 110, Public Speaking).
  6. Successfully defend the final research project during an oral presentation to a faculty committee. It is recommended that the student present a summary of the project during the Department's colloquium series and/or another appropriate public forum.

Application procedure - Students must:

  1. Have earned an overall institutional GPA of 3.5 or higher and a minimum 3.5 GPA in all communication courses.
  2. Apply by April 1 of their junior year.
  3. Receive agreement of a tenure-track faculty member of the Communication Department to serve as mentor, and obtain a letter of recommendation from that faculty member.
  4. Receive permission of the Department Chair.

Course Listing

Faculty Listing

Communication Faculty
Aucoin, James L. Communication Arts Professor BA, University of Missouri-KC
MA, University of Colorado-Boulder
PHD, University of Missouri-Columb
Bush, Nadia K. Communication Arts Senior Instructor BA, University of South Alabama
MA, University of South Alabama
Dardeau, Genevieve M. Communication Arts Senior Instructor BA, Auburn University
MA, Florida State University
Glover, Joseph L. Communication Arts Assistant Professor BA, University of Miami
MA, University of Florida
PHD, University of Florida
Hossain, Mohammad D. Communication Arts Assistant Professor BA, University of Dhaka
MA, University of Dhaka
PHD, Southern Illinois U-Carbondale
Huling, Nekita D. Communication Arts Instructor BA, Alabama State University
MA, University of Alabama
Long Anderson, Mia C. Communication Arts Assistant Professor ABJ, University of Georgia
MS, University of Tennessee-Knox
PHD, University of Alabama
Mark, Patricia F. Communication Arts Associate Professor BA, University of South Alabama
MBA, University of South Alabama
PHD, University of Southern Miss
Moody, Reginald F. Communication Arts Associate Professor BA, University of South Alabama
MA, University of South Alabama
PHD, University of Southern Miss
Rigsby, Katherine B. Communication Arts Instructor BA, University of South Alabama
MA, University of South Alabama
Rockwell, Steven C. Communication Arts Associate Professor BA, University of South Alabama
MA, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Sheffield, Jessica L. Communication Arts Assistant Professor BA, University of Alabama-Huntsv
MA, Pennsylvania State University
PHD, Pennsylvania State University
Sparks, Megan S. Communication Arts Senior Instructor BA, University of South Alabama
MA, University of South Alabama
Taylor, April D. Communication Arts Assistant Professor BS, University of Southern Miss
MS, University of Southern Miss
PHD, University of South Alabama
Ward, Richard L. Communication Arts Associate Professor BA, University of Southern CA
MS, University of Southern Miss
PHD, University of Texas- Austin