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The communication department prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers in an ever-evolving, connected global society. Students enjoy emphasis areas as diverse as sports communication, communication and the law, and public relations. They develop an integrated skill set in oral, visual and written communication and learn how to present information and interact in a digital communication environment. Department faculty have expertise in diverse areas of human communication and the scholarship they pursue challenges and educates students at both abstract and applied levels.

Nursing and public health sciences are two of the hottest career fields in America today. Nurses are the backbone of the medical profession, and those serving in health sciences help people live stronger, healthier and happier lives by serving in health education or administration or going into a variety of medical fields. The baby boomer generation represents the largest population segment in the country, and as that generation continues to age and retire, hospital systems and other organizations race to find enough employees to meet the demands this generation places on the health care industry. Advances in medical technology and treatment are causing people to live longer as well, which keeps both fields constantly in search of highly educated students.

Nearly one-third of your life is spent playing. Recreational activities are just as necessary as sleeping or eating. Students and faculty in the parks, recreation and tourism management department study these recreational activities. They study fun, learn how to manage recreational activities, take an active role in the environment and preform scientific studies on tourism and its effects on local, regional and national economies. These are but a few of the academic avenues this exciting department offers its students.

The political science department allows you to explore theories concerning politics, global affairs, political theory, public administration and public policy. Political science students gain a versatile set of skills they can apply in careers ranging from law and business to careers in federal, state and local governments. Many faculty members have served as diplomats, advisors to governors and strategists for congressional and gubernatorial campaigns; their range of scholarly expertise is on display in research and in the classroom.

What do these programs have in common? They impact us all individually, but they also have global implications. The environment; health and wellness; human, political and social behavior; and our collective means of communication can be the keys to a better life for individuals, families and communities around the globe.

The psychology department specializes in human factors psychology and industrial-organizatinal psychology. Its students enjoy careers in human services, management, education, health, sports and many other fields that require an in-depth understanding of human behavior. They are mentored and taught by a faculty conducting psychological research in these industries and many more. This department is focused on exploring the mind, behavior and the many links between them.

In the sociology and anthropology department, faculty and students explore issues related to poverty, race, gender, criminal justice, marriage, culture and developing societies. This department includes a multidisciplinary faculty from four academic traditions: sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and social work. The department plays a central role in the university because it is situated squarley at the crossroads of the natural and behavioral sciences with emphases on incorporating empirical methods and gaining knowledge of human systems development across cultures.

Our programs in youth, family and community studies conduct research and provide public service related to everyday life in families and neighborhoods -- understanding both are necessary for the healthy development of children and youth. Graduates come away with an understanding of how development affects individuals, famliies and the community. Faculty in this department instill a desire in its students to strengthen ties between families and communities so that their youngest members can have the best start in life

Quality Students, Quality Programs

Our students are a diverse group of individuals with a desire to improve the quality of life for others. They come from across the state, the nation and the world, and many of our students participate in Calhoun Honors College, the university's honors program. With great students and the exemplary faculty and staff who guide them, our programs have amassed many honors and allow students to engage in variety of unique programs.

  • Powered by Radian6 software, the Department of Communication's Social Media Listening Center provides a platform to listen, measure and engage in over 150 million sources of social media conversations across the Web by capturing publicly available data from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, online communities and mainstream news outlets.
  • The National League for Nursing has named Clemson University’s School of Nursing a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, one of the highest honors in the nursing education field.
  • The parks, recreation and tourism management program has been accredited through the National Recreation and Park Association for more than 35 years and is recognized as one of the nation’s top programs.
  • Students in the Department of Political Science can not only choose to participate as delegates in Model U.N., they often travel nationally and internationally to compete against other collegiate delegations. They can also lead a high school U.N. forum at Clemson.
  • The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology allows students in the Department of Psychology to research human behavior in a variety of contexts.
  • The American Association of Colleges and Universities named the Department of Public Health Sciences as one of 15 exemplary undergraduate programs in public health.
  • The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers numerous study-abroad opportunities in Dominica, Peru and the Czech Republic for students who want to explore issues related to culture, community and environmental sustainability.
  • Some of the largest research initiatives conducted by the youth, family and community studies department's Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life include adolescent dating violence studies, bullying prevention and campus-wide suicide prevention.