Theatre Make-up as one of the modules in Drama and Theatre A
Theatre Make-up in Drama and Theatre Arts
Obtaining a degree with great success
Obtaining a degree with great success
Sculptures on campus made by BA Fine Arts students
Sculptures on campus made by BA Fine Arts students
Communication Science

Communication Science Home Page

Welcome to the webpage of the Department of Communication Science!

With approximately 8000 undergraduate and 45 postgraduate students registered for the modules of the Department, the Department of Communication Science is one of the largest departments of the University of the Free State.

The Department of Communication Science owes its existence to the Department of Press Science which was founded at the University of the Orange Free State in 1971. After having gone through a few phases of growth, the name was changed in 2009 to the Department of Communication Science. The communication discipline has its roots in the study of rhetoric, journalism, sociology, psychology and philosophy, and is therefore necessarily interdisciplinary in nature.

The Department of Communication Science is phasing in new undergraduate and postgraduate courses with the aim to meet the demands of the industry. The Department’s approach with regard to the new degrees in the Programme of Communication Professions, is underpinned by inter alia the following principles: 

  • the content must be significant to Communication Science as a proud, recognised and organised field of knowledge;
  • the content must be interesting, relevant and useful to advance the personal development of each student; and
  • the teaching aims and learning outcomes must make a meaningful contribution to the growth and development of a democratic society in Africa and lead to a formal, work-related qualification.

Communication science includes journalism and media studies (including new media) as well as corporate and marketing communication. Prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students can enroll for one of the above-mentioned focus areas in full knowledge that they will be equipped adequately for appropriate employment opportunities upon completion of their studies. Note that in South Africa the qualification B.A. (Communication Science): Corporate and Marketing Communication is only offered at the University of the Free State.

The decision to specialise at postgraduate level in the mother discipline, communication science, enables a person to make a contribution in many societal fields as a well-rounded communication practitioner.

The Department of Communication Science offers the following courses: 

  • B.A. (Communication Science): Corporate and Marketing Communication
  • B.A. (Communication Science): Media Studies and Journalism
  • B.A. Hons. (Communication Science)
  • B.A. Hons. (Communication Science): Media Studies and Journalism
  • B.A. Hons. (Communication Science): Corporate and Marketing Communication 
  • M.A. (Communication Science) 
  • M.A. (Communication Science): Media Studies and Journalism
  • M.A. (Communication Science): Corporate and Marketing Communication
  • Ph.D

The Department is also home of Communitas, a nationally accredited academic journal for Community Communication and Information Impact. The Journal is published annually.

Prof. Johann (JC) De Wet
+27-(0)51 4012867
dewetjc@ufs.ac.za  
 

Last updated: 01 August 2012 10:12