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About Communication Studies at Young Harris College

Communication Studies is one of several Humanities degrees offered at YHC. At its foundation, communication 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.

The Humanities majors are all built on the same liberal arts core. Communication Studies also includes research skills training as well as offering a variety of interpersonal, media-focused, rhetorical, and critical analysis courses.

Communication Studies degree requirements

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from YHC, you’ll take 120 hours of coursework.

General Education:

31 hours


50 hours, including two PALS (Physically Active Life Skills) courses

Program courses:

39 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 2050 Communication Theory

Provides students with a rigorous understanding of theories used in communication studies to increase knowledge of how theory helps us understand communication phenomena.

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.

“My favorite thing about teaching relational communication at YHC is seeing students learn and grow. Having small classes means I can see the turning point when students go from 0 to ‘I get it!’”

Dr. Jennifer S. Hallett
Dr. Jennifer S. Hallett Professor of Communication Studies, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Director of Academic Advising, and Co-Faculty Athletics Representative – Humanities

Communication Studies as a minor

The Communication Studies minor at Young Harris College offers students from various disciplines the chance to explore the world of media. This unique opportunity opens up new opportunities in the world of communication.