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Department of Communication

About the Department

The world needs skilled communicators who can cut through the cluttered media landscape, be heard, set new ideas in motion, and lead in making effective changes. At Columbus State University, you'll be part of an interdisciplinary communication program that blends traditional learning with public-private partnerships that help deliver hands-on experience for students.

In addition to certificate programs, the department offers bachelor, associate, and nexus degree options. All programs can be completed entirely in-class, online, or through a hybrid format.

Join a community of creative learners/leaders – budding filmmakers, broadcasters, social media influencers, and public relations professionals. Our instructors will help you every step of the way through one-on-one learning opportunities and professional mentorships.

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Create Your Future

The Department of Communication offers a number of degrees and minors. Explore your options here.

Department Degree Programs
Program Type Programs Available
Nexus Film Production Nexus
Bachelor's Communication (B.A.) 1
Master's Communication (M.A.) 2 3
Minors Communication, Film Production
Undergraduate Certificates Film Production Certificate


  1. Online option is available for Communication Studies track.
  2. Creative Services Management track is hybrid with online and low-residency requirement courses.
  3. Strategic Communication Management track is 100% online.

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Beyond the Classroom

At Columbus State University, you'll have opportunities to enhance your education in our degree programs by participating in organizations, events, and more.


Georgia 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.

WCUG Cougar 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.

Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Center - The Non-Profit and Civic Engagement (NPACE) Center is the Department of Communication’s bridge to non-profit organizations in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. Through the center, we bring non-profit organizations together with our experienced faculty to discuss the needs of each organization and what support and resources the Department of Communication can provide through its service-learning courses. Once the need or problem is identified, the faculty members match each non-profit organization together with a student intern or group working in one of their courses in order to meet the needs of the non-profit organization.

Flat Rock Studio - Flat Rock Studio is a film and television production campus encompassing almost 80 gated and fenced acres and includes state-of-the-art facilities without the hustle and traffic of urban areas. Located in Columbus, Georgia, the studio is accessible by a quick commercial or private flight or a 65-minute drive from the Atlanta Airport. Flat Rock houses two adaptable sound stages, two workshops, set design/storage area and ample adjoining production suites, offices and workstations in a single 180,000 square foot facility. Combined with a substantial backlot and outdoor setting for additional filming needs, your Flat Rock production is self-contained, efficient and private.

WRBL News Bureau - WRBL is the CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Columbus, Georgia, serving the Chattahoochee Valley of west-central Georgia and east-central Alabama. This station is a part of the Nexstar Media Group, with studios located on 13th Avenue in Columbus.


"A Night for the Stars" - This is our department‘s annual event to celebrate our amazing students and to enjoy a year-in-review. We also announce scholarship recipients, induct students into our communication honor society, and give out exciting door prizes. (Our 2025 date for our annual event has not yet been decided)

Scholarships - Department of Communication offers several scholarship opportunities. Please click the link below for applications.

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Cougar Film Festival - An annual celebration of film and video work by CSU students. With awards in multiple categories this festival is one of the premiere events that showcase our students talents to the community. The festival continues to grow each year with new categories and new community partners. This festival gives students the opportunity to showcase their work in the community and to potentially become award winning filmmakers. This is CSU‘s only student-led annual film festival. Follow us on Instagram for more information @thesocietyflimclub

Learn From the Best

The Department of Communication is home to many accomplished faculty members. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. Thanks to a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in our art degree programs.


Dr. Danna Gibson
Professor & Department Chair


Dr. Benjamin Baker
Assistant Professor


Adam Bova
Assistant Professor


Nili Cimand
Assistant Professor


Kisun Kim
Assistant Professor


Tiffany McBride
Assistant Professor


Dr. Youngrak Park
Associate Professor


Dr. Ramesh Rao
Professor & Graduate Coordinator


Christopher Robinson
Senior Lecturer

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Columbus State University offers students a number of scholarships each year. Learn more about available scholarships.


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