The Department of Communication at Georgia State University offers programs of instruction in journalism, film and media studies, public relations, rhetoric and speech communication, theater, international communication, and media production. The intellectual and creative energies activated by this rich range of activity make the department an ideal place to prepare for a professional career in communication or education and to undertake research that makes a difference. Students are mentored by a highly acclaimed and passionate faculty that includes Emmy- and Sundance-award winning media makers and accomplished and prolific scholars, and accomplish this work in state of the art laboratories and production facilities.
Recent faculty work addresses the central dynamics of the entertainment and information industries, and the possibilities that enhanced systems of communication might play in creating a more just and secure world:
These examples barely scratch the surface. The Department of Communication leads two interdisciplinary research teams: one organizing artistic and humanistic scholarship on new and emerging media with partners in Art, Music, and English; another concentrated on the prevention of transcultural conflict undertaken in concert with colleagues in Religious Studies, Computer Science, and Middle Eastern Studies. The Digital Arts Entertainment Laboratory, headed by Kay Beck, is one the region’s leading centers for media production. And the department also coordinates significant instructional programs in theatre and film production. Professors in these areas regularly produce films (documentary, narrative fiction, and experimental) that achieve acclaim on the film festival circuits and coordinate inventive theatrical productions that engage large local audiences.
Graduates from GSU communication programs today occupy key positions in the public relations, corporate communication, film/TV, theater, and news industries and have achieved regular recognition for their good work. As one of the nation’s leading producers of communication professionals of color, GSU degree programs in communication play a key role in diversifying the media industries
The university’s location in downtown Atlanta could not be more ideal for undertaking studies in communication. GSU is located within ten minutes of major communication centers such as CNN, Turner, Cox Enterprises, Clear Channel, Georgia Public Broadcasting, the city’s major TV news, radio outlets and public relations firms, and the region’s thriving production and post-production companies. The Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library are also nearby. Departmental partnerships with the Atlanta Film Festival, the Atlanta Press Club, CNN, and dozens of media companies that provide GSU students with internships, provide further opportunities for professional networking and career advancement.
Thank you for taking the time to fully explore the opportunities that await you at Georgia State University. Please reach out if you to learn more about these programs, or would like to visit the department or the university. Most of all, we invite you to join us in one of the world’s true communication capitals!