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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.

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

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.

Photo from Atlanta Jewish Film Festival website

Georgia’s film and entertainment industry takes center stage at Department of Communication Speaker Series

The economic impact of Georgia’s film industry was $9.5 billion last year, and the state is the No. 1 feature film production location in the world. Where does Georgia’s film and entertainment industry go from here?

Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment for Georgia, answers this question and more as the keynote speaker at the Department of Communication’s speaker series program Tuesday, Oct. 17. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. It is free to CSU students and the community.

Last year, Georgia was the site of 320 film and television productions, according to www.georgia.org and www.bizjournals.com. Productions included Marvel movies, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

Thomas is a native of Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film and earned a master’s degree in film studies from Georgia State University. She also studied cinema at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Thomas returned to Atlanta in 1992 and joined what is now the office of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment in the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The speaker series began in September 2014. The Department of Communication brings topics of interest and leading public relations, business and media professionals to Columbus to share their knowledge and experiences with students and the community. Past speakers include Dan Amos, Aflac chairman and CEO; former WSB-TV anchor Monica Kaufman; CNN anchor/reporter Martin Savidge; and Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the Georgia Film Academy.

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsors this fall’s program. WRBL TV 3 and WTVM News Leader 9 are media partners. PMB Broadcasting provides a $1,000 scholarship to a communication student as part of the speaker series.

More information is available by calling 706-507-8614.

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