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Overview

You love being around people, especially hearing their stories and helping them write their next chapter. You definitely get a thrill out of seeing others reach their goals and objectives. You also like to hear opinions you don’t agree with, and you’re open to having your mind changed.

You also like organizing and leading groups. In fact, you find yourself taking charge even when no one asks you to do that.

If this describes you, then the communication degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU’s School of Communication faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career in a wide variety of communication fields or pursue the next step in your academic career.

 

Major Description  

 

As a communication major at NGU, you will spend much of your time practicing communicating face to face, in groups, in organizations, and across cultures. You will learn to lead, to negotiate, to manage conflict, and even to flirt!

You will become a competent communicator:

  • Effective – You will learn how to accomplish your goals using the power of your words.
  • Appropriate – You will learn to adjust your methods according to relational exigencies.
  • Self-Monitored – You will learn to read a situation and adjust accordingly.
  • Empathetic – You will learn to truly see others.
  • Committed – You will be challenged to be incarnational, people-focused, and compassionate.
  • Flexible – You will learn to communicate in a wide variety of contexts.

When you graduate, you will have all the skills necessary for your personal, spiritual, and social life; your professional calling; and/or the next step in your academic career.

Ultimately, the communication degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of careers in the field of communication.

 

Curriculum  

 

The curriculum for the communication degree at NGU is based on skills and contexts. Half of the curriculum covers communication in general terms, as well as understanding its theories, practices, and history. The second half focuses on specific contexts in which communication plays the key role. Both halves are designed to be eminently practical and provide opportunities for real-world practice.

Faculty Strengths  

 

The School of Communication faculty are working professionals. Besides holding advanced degrees in their field, college members have real-world experience in such fields as argumentation and rhetoric, public relations, broadcast, and journalism. 

Most importantly, the faculty is passionate about helping students understand how and why the Christian worldview is so central to the art of effective communication. The school seeks to both teach and model how to successfully integrate faith and learning within the broader field of communication and within the student’s individual calling.

Tracks / Concentrations

 

Some course options allow the broadcast media major to choose either audio or video production assignments.

 

Minors

 

At NGU, we offer minors to complement your major. Each minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours, which in some cases may even be used to meet the elective requirements for your major. View the full list of minors.

Electives  

 

  • Argumentation and Persuasion
  • Health Communication and Media
  • Influence and Communication
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Media Audience Research
  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Public Relations Campaigns and Cases
  • Social Media Management
  • Writing for Public Relations

Success

Future

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES  

 

  • Business Leader
  • Educator
  • Event Planner
  • Fundraiser
  • Journalist
  • Media Planner
  • Politician
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Speechwriter  

POSTGRADUATE STUDIES  

 

  • Charleston School of Law
  • Clemson University
  • Mercer University
  • Purdue University
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of South Carolina  

Potential Employers

 

  • Bon Secours Health System
  • Brains on Fire
  • Denny’s Corporate Headquarters
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce
  • Michelin North America Headquarters
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Spartanburg Community College
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
  • “The Greenville News"
  • University of South Carolina

 

Learning Experience



Events

 

Communication majors may be invited to participate in a wide variety of campus events, including debates, contests, and showcases. Communication skills are best sharpened in real-world scenarios, and the School of Communication offers students the opportunity to use their skills in front of their peers across the campus in a variety of ways.

 

Internships

 

Communication students will also participate in an internship at a wide variety of businesses, nonprofits, or other opportunities. Students are encouraged to pursue internships on the national and international levels, as well. More than 200 organizations have hosted NGU students for internship experience, and many have gained employment with their internship organizations before they graduate.

 

Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society

 

Communication majors who meet the admission requirements will be invited to join Lambda Pi Eta, where they have the opportunity to serve both NGU and off-campus communities in a variety of ways.

 

Student Media

 

Communication majors can choose to participate in a variety of the school’s media platforms. The Vision and Vision Online provide opportunities to write, photograph, or design. The Vibe and Vision-48 News give students the chance to broadcast on radio or television. Students can also help produce NGU sports broadcasts.

Courses & Resources

Example Course Sequence  

 

Year 1

English Composition and Rhetoric (3 credit hours)
English Composition and Literature (3 credit hours)
Old Testament Survey or New Testament Survey (3 credit hours)
Christian Worldview (3 credit hours)
Communication for Life (3 credit hours)
History course (3 credit hours)
Natural science course (4 credit hours)
Mathematics course (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Information Technology (3 credit hours)
Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness (2 credit hours)
First-Year Experience or Freshman Honors Seminar (1 to 2 credit hours)<

(Note: In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel, for each semester of full-time enrollment, and Cultural Events, for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment. Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings support NGU’s mission of educating the whole person — both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.)

English course (3 credit hours)
Natural science course (4 credit hours)
Fine arts course (3 credit hours)
Foreign language course (3 credit hours)
Interpersonal Communication (3 credit hours)
Oral Communication (3 credit hours)
Foreign language course (3 credit hours)
Communication Strategies (3 credit hours)
Cross Cultural Communication (3 credit hours)
Open elective (3 credit hours)  

(Note: In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel, for each semester of full-time enrollment, and Cultural Events, for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment. Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings support NGU’s mission of educating the whole person — both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.)

Social science course (3 credit hours)
Foreign language course (3 credit hours)
Interactive Communication (3 credit hours)
Small Group Communication (3 credit hours)
Foreign language course (3 credit hours)
Communication electives (9 credit hours)
Open electives (9 credit hours)

(Note: In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel, for each semester of full-time enrollment, and Cultural Events, for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment. Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings support NGU’s mission of educating the whole person — both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Communication Theory (3 credit hours)
Communication Research (3 credit hours)
Communication electives (6 credit hours)
Communication Internship (3 credit hours)
Communication Seminar (3 credit hours)
Open electives (6 credit hours)  

(Note: In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel, for each semester of full-time enrollment, and Cultural Events, for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment. Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings support NGU’s mission of educating the whole person — both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.)

Program Objectives  

 

  • Possess a firm theoretical foundation of the communication field
  • Understand the role of communication in the formation of thoughts, networks, and culture
  • Develop critical thinking skills in order to analyze scholarship in the field.
  • Conduct introductory communication research.
  • Possess strong spiritual, moral, and ethical values, with a commitment to uphold such values in the world of professional communication.

 

Resources  

 

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