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About Communication Studies at Young Harris College

Communication studies focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, and is the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.

Communication Studies minor requirements

To graduate with a minor in Communication Studies from YHC, you’ll take 18 hours of coursework.

Lower Division Required Courses:

9 hours

Upper Division Required Courses:

9 hours

Minor Courses

18 hours

Some of our most popular Communication Studies classes include:

COMM 1000 Introduction to Human Communication

This course provides an introduction to the basic theories, concepts, principles, and contexts of human communication. Students will learn how to reflect and think critically about communication in personal and public contexts as well as develop the skills to work with others and present and interpret information in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, organizational, small group and media content. Students will give several types of presentations including speeches and group projects.

COMM 1050 Introduction to Media Communication

An introductory survey of the mass media, incorporating the history and current states of print media (newspapers, magazines, book publishing, news services, and syndicates), electronic media (radio, television, recording, video, and film) and media support services (advertising and public relations). Particular attention is focused on the ethical and social responsibilities of the media.

COMM 2050 Communication Theory

This course is designed to provide students with a rigorous understanding of the theories used in the field of communication studies. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and student presentations, students will work with theory concerning a variety of communication areas and topics to increase their knowledge of how theory helps us to understand communication phenomena, and to learn how theory is used in research. Upon completion of this course, students will be more skilled at evaluating theories, as well as applying theoretical concepts to everyday life.