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Department of Communication

Department of Communication

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Programs

The Department of Communication offers academic preparation and community-based experience to prepare you for a challenging, rewarding career. We offer the flexibility of traditional in-class learning, in-class/online blend, or 100 percent online coursework.

People

WCUG Radio

WCUG 88.5 FM is Columbus State University’s student-driven radio station. Operated through the Department of Communication under faculty direction, “Cougar Radio” offers a learning experience for students interested in all facets of radio broadcasting

GA Film Academy

GA Film Academy

Join Georgia's exciting $6 billion film industry working on one of the sets of the more than 250 films and TV productions shot in the State this year. As the third largest production center in the nation, Georgia boasts of a workforce with more than 100,000 people tied directly or indirectly to this growing part of the economy.

Who We Are

  • We are an academic program preparing students to compete and achieve in a competitive industry.
  • We focus on three core values: teaching, service, and research.
  • We help students build communication skills needed to succeed in their chosen professions.

Core Values

  • Faculty brings to the program academic and industry experience, and uses common industry-standard materials and approaches.
  • Faculty blends principle and theory with best practices in the classroom and in professional development.
  • Faculty models accountability and professionalism by upholding high standards of applied learning in and out of the classroom.
  • We focus on strategic service through partnerships with regional non-profits and businesses.
    1. Partners benefit from faculty and student engagement and expertise.
    2. Students benefit from opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to "in-the-moment," solution-based experience (individual and group) and from building relationships with our partners.
    3. CSU benefits from the positive public exposure and the cultivation of these non-profit and business partnerships.
  • Through this focus on strategic service, we provide more than a center for applied learning. We also contribute to quality of life, civic engagement, and economic development of the region.
  • Through an applied learning model, faculty creates interdisciplinary research opportunities which enhance student learning experiences.
  • Faculty produces literature which informs teaching in the classroom, while raising the profile of the program at the regional, national, and international levels.
  • Our research approach enhances our position in the learning community, while improving our understanding of adaptation in communication.

Dr. Doru Pop

Visiting Scholar, Dr. Doru Pop

Dr.Pop is a Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies. He is a very well known and respected film and communication scholar from one of our partner universities, Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.

Dr. Pop is a professor and lecturer in the Faculty of Theater and Television, the Cinema and Media Department at Babes Bolyai University (UBB) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. Pop received his Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD in Visual Culture and Philosophy from UBB. He was previously a Fulbright scholar at Bard College, New York (2013), where he taught a course on Romanian New Wave cinema.Dr Pop has published numerous works including, Media and Democracy (2001), Modern and Postmodern Visual Culture in Philosophy (2005) and Romanian New Wave Cinema: An Introduction (2014). He is also editor in chief of Ekphrasis academic journal and director of the Ekphrasis Research Center for Transdisciplinary Studies, at UBB.

Dr. Pop will only be offering these classes during his one semester appointment at CSU.

Media, Society and Culture
COMM 3125I (CRN 22766)
6 - 7:15 PM MW
(Prerequisites: COMM 2105, 2110, 2136 or 2137)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of contemporary media in shaping culture and society. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the course enables students to be critical media consumers, making them aware of the interrelationships between media and society. Students will learn to evaluate and discuss the cultural and social impact of media, analyze media contents, and develop their own critical perspectives.

European Film: From National Identity to Transnational Cultures
COMM 4555U (CRN 22767)
6 - 7:15 PM TR
(No prerequisites)

This course is examines the evolution of national cinemas in Europe, from early national identity to the contemporary transnational film industry culture. The course provides the students with an understanding of the most influential film schools, including German Expressionism, early Soviet cinema, French poetic realism, Italian neo-realism, Free British Cinema (the British "Kitchen Sink" school), French New Wave, Romanian New Waves and others. The course will use historical and theoretical approaches to cinema styles and film philosophies. Throughout the course students will be viewing classic films from great filmmakers of the 20th century such as Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Pedro Almodóvar, Federico Fellini, Cristi Puiu and others.