Claflin University, a historically Black educational institution in Orangeburg, South Carolina and the University of South Carolina have signed aa agreement to establish a five-year, 4+1 dual degree program. The agreement will allow undergraduate students from Claflin University to earn a bachelor’s degree at Claflin and a master of mass communications degree with a concentration in either strategic communications or multimedia journalism in the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina. Claflin students can also earn a master of library and information science degree through the partnership.
Students who plan to participate in the 4+1 program will declare their intent by the end of the fall semester of their junior year. During spring of the junior year – or the following summer – Claflin students must apply for non-degree graduate admission to the University of South Carolina Graduate School. Students who apply should have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
“We are extremely excited to have this 4+1 dual degree program for our mass communications and journalism students,” said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, president at Claflin University. “This relationship with the University of South Carolina – the flagship university in the state – provides tremendous access and opportunities for our students. Another advantage of the program is that it will eliminate a year of tuition and that creates a reduction in student debt. That’s also very important.”