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About the Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies at TROY

The study of communication is fundamental to understanding how messages are interpreted through cultural, political, economic, social and psychological dimensions. That’s why variety and flexibility are found at the core of TROY’s Communication Arts degree with an emphasis in Communication Studies.

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Become a Strong Communicator

TROY’s communication studies track develops both humanistic and social scientific skills to explore how people create and share meaning. As a communication studies major, you will hone writing, research, presentation and analytical skills that are critical to your future success. You’ll also learn how to develop effective, ethical messages using traditional and emerging media and techniques. All of this is done while enhancing your own self-awareness as you learn about your individual communication strengths and weaknesses and how to improve your skills.

Opportunity Awaits

As part of learning about small group communication, you’ll be required to do field research observing small groups in a real-world setting. While learning about the history and techniques of propaganda, you’ll prepare case studies to present to classmates. Away from the classroom, you’ll be given incredible opportunities to study abroad and do internships. In an ever-changing career field, these experiences will prepare you for professional flexibility—an invaluable skill in today’s workplace.
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Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies Curriculum

While courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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Communications Arts Major

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Become a Strong Communicator

The Communication Arts major boasts a curriculum that balances academic research with creative expression and community service. As a student within TROY’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication, you’ll learn about emerging media presentation technologies. After studying conflict management, you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned through projects that serve the community.
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Careers in Communication Arts

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment within media and communication occupations is expected to grow, and the median the annual wage for media and communication occupations is higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

Faculty Profiles

 Dr. Robbyn Taylor

Dr. Robbyn Taylor

Robbyn Brooks Taylor is the director of Hall School of Journalism and Communication where she also teaches undergraduate, masters and doctoral students . She earned both her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and M.S. in Strategic Communication from Troy University and completed her Ph.D. in Communication at Regent University. Dr. Taylor specializes in mobile journalism and multimedia journalism techniques, and also works with the department's broadcast, advertising and public relations students.
 Dr. Bridgette Colaco

Dr. Bridgette Colaco

Dr. Bridgette Colaco is an assistant professor in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. She also serves as the Hall School's Graduate Studies Coordinator. She brings more than 25 years of professional and academic experience in journalism and international communications to the Hall School. Her last professional title was Assistant Editor of Hindustan Times English daily in Mumbai, India. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Arts from The University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. She has obtained an International Diploma in Advanced Journalism from the Thomson Foundation at Cardiff University, Wales where she held a Jean Rich scholarship. She is a fellow of the Business Journalism Professors program at Arizona State University.
 Dr. Amanda Diggs

Dr. Amanda Diggs

Dr. Amanda Diggs is an associate professor of communication in Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication. She also serves as the Hall School's Coordinator of Assessment. She earned her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and Social Science from Troy University, her M.A. in Communication from Auburn University and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences majoring in Pharmacy Care Systems with Communication and Socio-Behavioral emphases from Auburn University. Dr. Diggs' teaching interests are communication studies, health communication, strategic communication and cultural communication.
Stefanie East

Stefanie East

Stefanie Hicks East is a lecturer in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication, as well as the adviser for the university's student newspaper, The Tropolitan. She earned both her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and M.S. in Strategic Communication from Troy University and is working toward her Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. Ms. East worked in the media industry for nearly 20 years, most recently as the evening news anchor at Alabama News Network, the CBS and ABC affiliates for central, west, and south Alabama. While there she was awarded “Best TV News Anchor” by the Alabama Associated Press, and “Best News Series” by both the Alabama Associated Press and the Alabama Broadcaster’s Association. She began her career at WTVY in Dothan, Alabama, where she anchored and produced the morning newscast. After her news career, she transitioned into PR where she served as the director of communications for the State of Alabama's Office of Information Technology.
Dr. Shari Hoppin

Dr. Shari Hoppin

Dr. Shari Hoppin is an associate professor in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. She earned a B.A. from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. Dr. Hoppin is the author of The Dark Side of Persuasion. She has published articles and delivered conference presentations at regional, national, and international levels. Her current research interests include the philosophy of communication, persuasion and influence, and communication in health care contexts. Dr. Hoppin taught at the University of Southern California and at Florida State University before joining the faculty at Troy University. She is a member of the University’s graduate faculty and teaches in the Master of Science in Strategic Communication degree program in addition to teaching undergraduate courses. Her other professional and academic experience includes working as a reporter and editor and coordinating the Hall School’s internship program.
David "Doc" Kirby

David "Doc" Kirby

David Kirby has been a full-time lecturer for the Hall School of Journalism and Communication since 2006. He received his B.M.E. from Troy University and his M.S.E from Troy University and also holds 21 semester hours of additional graduate work in communications. Mr. Kirby specializes in broadcast journalism and communication technology, bringing decades of real-world broadcast experience to the classroom. Mr. Kirby is well-known for his radio daily book review show, his monthly column in Dixie Living magazine and his weekly half-hour interview show on the radio. Kirby works with the Troy University Jazz program in the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University. He continues to serve as a minister for the United Methodist Church, and is the Operations/Program Manager for Troy Broadcasting Corporation.

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