Department Information

Communication Building



The department sets, expects, and maintains high educational standards consistent with the needs of the students, region, and changing workforce. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing high-quality, innovative, and flexible educational opportunities and services in an accessible student-centered environment.

The department attempts to meet individual performance and career needs with a flexible curriculum. Students select one of the concentrations offered and confer with their advisors to plan their courses of study. These focused areas of study help to prepare students for several employment possibilities.

The concentrations of study offered in Communication are: Communication Studies, Digital Cinema and Television, Journalism (Print Journalism and Broadcast Journalism), and Strategic Communication. Students pursuing a degree in Communication must also have a minor in another discipline.

Dr. Aucoin Team Based Learning

USA students, from left, Aaron Howard, broadcast journalism major; Ayla Oden, strategic communications major; Jordan Lang, strategic communications major; and Kaylee Henry, strategic communications major; work together on a classroom assignment as Dr. Julie Estis, director of QEP, and Dr. James Aucoin, chair of communications, talk with them about their work.

TeamUSA’s “Team-Based Learning” Creating Successful Student Teams in the Classroom

Inside University of South Alabama classrooms, students are working together and earning better grades, thanks to professors who have embraced a new and increasingly popular method of learning.

For three years, faculty members have attended workshops and professional development sessions to lead team-based learning under USA’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which includes new ways to engage, share knowledge and help students retain what they’ve learned. Rather than memorizing material for a test, they are working together to apply course content to realistic situations and to solve complex problems.

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Anisa HeilmanSophomore Anisa Heilman, whose parents are deaf, has co-authored a bill under consideration in the Alabama legislature addressing deaf and hard of hearing language opportunities for children.

Seeking Change, Sophomore Co-Authors Legislation

There's a saying that goes, "Be the change you want to see in the world" Anisa Heilman is all about that.

A Sophomore at the University of South Alabama, she has co-written a bill that's being considered by the state legislature in Montgomery. Her bill addresses language opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing children under the age of 5. It's personal for Anisa, both of her parents are deaf.

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Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Department of Communication is to provide economically and ethnically diverse students with core competencies, within the context of a broad liberal arts and sciences curriculum, which will prepare them to be independent, critical thinkers who uphold the highest ethical standards as communication leaders in a global society. 

For more information about the Department of Communication Strategic Plan click here

"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” - Anthony Robbins

Statement on Diversity
The Department of Communication is committed to preparing students to work in a diverse society. As such, our classes will include lectures and activities which promote an awareness of and sensitivity towards difference of race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age and disabilities. Such an environment will contribute to the growth and development of each member of the class, as it will encourage students to embrace diversity as a positive aspect of learning and scholarships.