Reinhardt Unviersity Home
RU Mobile Reinhardt on FaceBook Reinhardt on LinkedIn The Blogs of Reinhardt University

Lake Balaton

Majoring in Global Communication

Are you intellectually curious about the world around you? Are you fascinated by the newest developments in media and politics? Are you interested in sociology and the study of different cultures?

The interdisciplinary Global Communication major focuses on intercultural communication and cultural studies with special emphasis on the contemporary period of globalization and media convergence. Global Communication majors are critically engaged with traditional and emerging forms of media and their place in larger social and cultural contexts in the global environment.

As a Global Communication graduate, you will be grounded in historical traditions and social science research models so you can apply this knowledge to mass media challenges, global social issues and social/political movements. 

You will be well-prepared for graduate study in many different disciplines as well as professional fields such as law, international business, or public administration. A Global Communication degree will also open doors to a wide variety of careers in the business, professional, and public spheres-including the unexpected careers of the future.

We encourage our Global Communication majors to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad as part of your college experience.

Our majors are distinguished by their breadth of intercultural knowledge and by their strong preparation in sociology and the liberal arts, with an especially sound foundation in classical and contemporary theory and various research methods to assure that you can apply your skills to the demands of any profession.


A graduate with the skills to work in the global community:

  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Grounding in classical and contemporary social and cultural understandings and approaches
  • Ability to do independent research and writing
  • Advanced skills in writing, project design, and cultural criticism
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills for the global marketplace  


A minor in Global Communication is also available. See below.


Brooke Conger
Brooke Conger ('09) studied abroad as part of her Global Communication (formerly Media, Culture and Society) major, studying intercultural communication and sociology in Eastern Europe and Paris. "I have really enjoyed the Media, Culture and Society major. The tools I have gained helped me to research other cultures."
Sneed Collins
Sneed Collins ('09, top right) and his classmates on the train from Prague to Budapest during their Global Communication study abroad program.
Reinhardt's Communication and Sociology departments regularly collaborate to provide summer study abroad programs. The summer of 2010 led them to Berlin, Munich, Dresden and Nuremberg, Germany as well as Prague in the Czech Republic.


Bachelor of Arts in Communication (B.A.)  


Global Communication (Major)

Global Communication is an interdisciplinary degree program based in communication and the social sciences. Since globalization is redefining the concept of borders, facilitated by a convergence of media technologies, this major focuses on intercultural communication, cultural studies, and mass media in a global context. Global Communication majors cultivate strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative technology skills for research, writing, design and presentation. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities. This program, culminating in a professional internship as well as an independent thesis project, prepares students for the professional global workplace and for participation in professional and graduate programs. Main Campus only.

General Education Curriculum (48 credit hours)

Whenever possible, students should take the following courses as part of their general education core curriculum and/or general electives:

 SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology

HIS 210 World Geography

A foreign language (two semesters is recommended)


Major Required Courses (Total 33 credit hours) Total requirements 51 hours


COM 100 Communication Colloquium (each semester)

COM 201 Interpersonal Communication

COM 202 Introduction to Mass Communication and Mass Media

SOC 200 Global Social Problems or SOC 310 Social Inequality    

SSC 321 Qualitative Research Methods  

COM 340 Professional Writing and Communication

COM 360 Intercultural Communication

SOC 370 Classical Social Theory

COM 403 Theories of Media and Visual Culture

COM 407 Communication Internship

COM 450 Thesis (Capstone) Project

COM 490 Capstone Senior Seminar


COM Electives (select three; minimum of 9 credit hours)                         

Any 200-, 300- or 400-level COM course


SOC/SSC Electives (Select one; minimum of 3 credit hours)

Any 300- or 400-level SOC or SSC course


Other Major Electives (select two; minimum of 6 credit hours)   


BUS 407 International Business

BUS 430 Managing the Global Workforce

ENG: Any 300- or 400-level English course

HIS: Any 300- or 400-level History course

PED 250 History of Sport

PED 330 Sport in Contemporary Society

POL: Any 300-level Political Science course

PSY 350 Social Psychology  

SOC/SSC: Any 300- or 400-level SOC or SSC course

SPA: Any 300- or 400-level Spanish course


General Electives: 21


Total Semester Credits Required in Degree: 120