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Clemson University Communication Student.jpgThe history of Clemson University’s Department of Communication dates back to the 1980s when Communication courses were taught in the Departments of English and Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts. A Department of Speech and Communications was created in 1995 in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, a new college created after a comprehensive university reorganization that same year. In the early 2000s, the department was renamed the Department of Communication Studies and, over the next 15 years, the department added new faculty, launched a new undergraduate degree in sports communication, opened a Social Media Listening Center, reinvigorated the debate program, and launched a new master’s degree program. During an academic college reorganization in 2016, the newly renamed Department of Communication joined the new College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.

Housed in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, the Department of Communication offers three academic degree programs: a BA in Communication, a BA in Sports Communication, and an MA in Communication, Technology and Society. The department also offers a graduate certificate in Health Communication, minors in Communication and Sports Communication, and serves the university through two introductory general education communication courses that serve over 3,000 students each year. The department is affiliated with Clemson University’s Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute, a multi-disciplinary platform for the academic study of sport sciences across the University, and houses the Charles Campbell Professorship in Sports Communication. The department is also home to several facilities and co-curricular activities including WSBF 88.1 FM, The Tigernewspaper, Tigervision TV network, Social Media Listening Center, Communication Center and Research Lab, a nationally and internationally-recognized debate team, and student study abroad programs. Approximately 40 faculty (14 tenured/tenure-track, 17 full-time non-tenure-track, and several adjunct faculty), 325 undergraduate majors, 300 undergraduate minors, 20 graduate students (nearly all on funded assistantships), and three staff members study and work across the department’s programs and engage through its facilities and co-curricular initiatives. More information about our department may be found at: www.clemson.edu/communication.

Vision

The Department of Communication at Clemson University aspires to be a national leader at the undergraduate and graduate levels among public research universities in the discipline of Communication.

Mission

The Department of Communication at Clemson University is committed to providing students with a theoretically-grounded communication curriculum featuring personalized educational opportunities that emphasize students’ strengths and interests and motivate students to embrace innovative technologies. Faculty members with expertise in health communication, sports communication, strategic communication, and media and technology studies are dedicated to developing students’ critical thinking, ethical judgment, and decision-making skills with the intent of empowering students to positively contribute to our ever-evolving social world.

Goals

The Department of Communication at Clemson University aims to prepare its students, the communication discipline, and its faculty and staff by:

  1. Generating high quality, creative, and innovative scholarship
  2. Fostering engaged learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students
  3. Delivering high-impact undergraduate and graduate education experiences
  4. Nurturing a positive culture indicative of an outstanding place to learn and work; and
  5. Communicating and promoting its vision, mission, activities, and successes to internal and external audiences and stakeholders.