Communication Studies B.A./B.S.

The Communication Studies program is designed as an area of study to apply scholarly communication research for a variety of careers and personal goals in an interconnected world.

Two general goals of the program for graduates are:

1. Each graduate will be the most communicatively informed person in every communication situation they find themselves in, such as understanding others verbally and nonverbally in professional and personal situations.

2. Each graduate will be the most effective communicator verbally and nonverbally in each communication situation they find themselves in, such as professional and personal contexts. Furthermore, an essential part of effective communication is the ability to communicate strategically verbally and nonverbally to accomplish one’s goals.

The program is designed around better understanding human communication in the general areas of study: Public Speaking, Nonverbal Communication, Business Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. Communication Studies prepares graduates for careers in positions such as human resources, sales, communication consultant, teaching, event planning, politics, corporate trainer, law, management, public relations, professional presenter, business, graduate school, and theological speaker to mention a few. The certification program for teacher education is comprehensive. It is a flexible major that can accommodate a variety of interests and career goals. A Minor in Communication Studies is also offered. For Questions Contact: Dr. John Ballotti (John.Ballotti@tamuc.edu) Program Director or

Dr. Stephen Furlich (Stephen.Furlich@tamuc.edu)

For course descriptions please refer to the university online undergraduate course catalogue. http://catalog.tamuc.edu/undergrad/colleges-and-departments/humanities-social-sciences-arts/literature-languages/communication_studies/

A graduate in Communication Studies should possess: The ability to understand and apply the skills necessary for success:

  1. Students will be able to communicate effectively using verbal, nonverbal or computer-mediated modalities.
  2. Students will understand gender communication differences and communicate effectively with both sexes.
  3. Critically evaluate ways of thinking.
  4. Students will learn the effective methods for desirable outcomes in small group decision making.
  5. Students will be able to apply knowledge of the interconnectedness of global dynamics in the 21st century.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the interconnectedness of global dynamics (issues, process, trends, and systems).
  7. Understand communication research and theory and how it is integrated into practice.
  8. Debate important issues.
  9. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the interconnectedness of global dynamics (issues, process, trends, and systems).
  10. Understand communication research and theory and how it is integrated into practice.
Core Curriculum Courses42
See the Core Curriculum Requirements
Required courses in the major
COMS 1311Studies in Human/Communication 3
COMS 1321Business/Professional Speaking3
or COMS 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
COMS 407Communication Research Methods & Theory3
Plus 18 hours from:18
Computer Mediated Communication
Persuasion
Gender Communication
Interpersonal Communication
GLB/Small Group Communication
Leadership & Conflict Management
Nonverbal Communication
GLB/Intercultural Communication
Political Communication
Mass Communication in Society
Mass Communication in Society
Public Relations Principles
Media Performance
Social Media
Social Media
Required support courses
Choose 9 hours from:9
Audio-Visual Communication
Basic Media Production
Advertising Principles
Podcast Production
Digital Music Production
Digital Audio Production
Advertising Campaigns
Public Relations Campaigns
Broadcast & Digital Journalism
Multimedia Portfolio
Minimum 18 hours required in the Minor18
Electives required to meet minimum program hours24
Total Hours120

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all courses in this Major .