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Support the Promise of Communications & Information Studies

The College of Mass Communications and Information Studies was created in 2002, allying the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Library and Information Science. The college embraces our ability to know where and how to store and find information, how to analyze and synthesize it and how to deliver it across today's infinitely broad communications spectrum.  

Hallmarks and Rankings

  • Cocky's Reading Express is a successful literacy outreach collaborative among SLIS, the SC Center for Children's Books and Literacy and USC Student Government.
  • "When Media Matters: Service and Learning in Malawi" is an award-winning course in student philanthropy.
  • SLIS is nationally ranked in school libraries and is in the top 15 overall.InterCom magazine, the semiannual alumni publication produced by students in the J-school, is a three-time winner of industry publications awards. 

About Journalism and Mass Communications

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) is one of the oldest in the country, founded at USC in 1923. The school's programs span the breadth of communications disciplines from traditional media to the increasing range of digital possibilities, visual and textual, informative and persuasive, at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our faculty are both scholars and professionals translating their extensive experience to the school's classrooms, laboratories and studios. More than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled. The program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

About Library and Information Science

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is one of the nation's most distinguished schools of library and information science education. It has dramatically expanded its academic and community outreach programs to match the rapidly evolving information landscapes. Long a highly regarded professional program for librarians and media specialists, we have added undergraduate and doctoral programs. A leader in distributed learning with classes on campus and online across the state and across the country, the school is a literacy champion through the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy and Cocky's Reading Express reaching children and schools across the state.

College Priorities

Your philanthropic support for the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies will equip us for challenges of the 21st century. It will provide students with endowed scholarships and fellowships, unrestricted gifts resulting in program enhancements, help to ensure continued recruitment of excellent faculty, and turn capital projects into completed facilities.

  • New building- Funding to outfit the new School of Journalism and Mass Communications building. The 55,000 square-foot state-of-the-art building will have flexible work and study spaces that will help to create an innovative approach to journalism education. Opening August 2015.
  • Student scholarships- Increase much-needed financial aid and scholarships for students. Every scholarship improves the odds that a student can graduate on time and stand one step closer to fulfilling a dream.
  • Childhood literacy- Have an impact on community literacy in South Carolina by supporting our childhood literacy programs. The benefit is not only to the students who receive financial aid, but to our state as a whole through Cocky's Reading Express and programs of the Augusta Baker Chair for Childhood Literacy.
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