SC State Inaugurates Communications Major

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In response to student demand, the Department of English and Modern Languages is offering a new major in communications with concentrations in journalism and broadcasting this fall. The new major is greatly expanding the popular minors in journalism and broadcasting that have existed since 1996.


As mainstream media fades and new social media networking sites emerge, the communications major sheds light on issues that influence our community, nation and the world.  “Communications is a very popular field of study. Journalism, broadcasting and public relations have been developed as science, arts and craft. Thousands of people are working now in these media related fields, and they are growing with the ever changing media technologies,” said Dr. Shafiqur Rahman, program coordinator for the communications major.


Rahman is spearheading the development of the communications major at SC State. While working at Alcorn State University, a Historically Black College and University in Alcorn, Miss., Rahman initiated and coordinated the communications major there.


In any field, networking is utilized to promote the ongoing growth and stability of a profession. The communications major will provide students with internship opportunities across the state of S.C. “We would seek cooperation and help from all local media in Orangeburg, Columbia and Charleston to support our practicum and internship programs. I believe SC State’s communications majors and local media would all benefit from this mutual cooperation,” says Rahman.


“It is important that all SC State academic programs reflect student demand,” said Dr. Ghussan Greene, chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages. “Communications is an ever-changing medium, and it is our duty to prepare students and to place them with experts who are focused on assuring that they receive the fundamentals for succeeding in the communications field,” she continued.


In addition to numerous state and out of state internships, SC State’s communications majors will have ample opportunities to work with various on-campus entities such as the University’s 80,000 watt public radio station, WSSB-FM; SC State’s award-winning student newspaper, The Collegian; the Office of University Relations and Marketing; the Communications Program’s Electronic Newspaper and Video labs;as well as the Office of Sports Information. 


For additional information about the communications major, students should contact Dr. Ghussan Greene, via email at ggreene@scsu.edu, or via telephone at (803)536-8808; or contact Dr. Shafiqur Rahman at srahman@scsu.edu, or via telephone at (803) 536-8787.