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 201Studies in Human/Communication3
COMS 301Computer Mediated Communication3
or COMS 312 Persuasion
COMS 316 Gender Communication 3
or COMS 317 Interpersonal Communication
COMS 318GLB/Small Group Communication3
or COMS 319
COMS 401
Leadership & Conflict Management
and Conflict Management
COMS 406Nonverbal Communication3
COMS 407Communication Research Methods & Theory3
COMS 408GLB/Intercultural Communication3
COMS 414Political Communication3
Required support courses
JOUR 1307US-Mass Commun in Society3
or SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology
RTV 151Communication Technology3
or MGT 303 Business Communications
RTV 215Media Performance3
or PSY 327 Cognitive Social Psych
RTV 420Multimedia Portfolio3
or MGT 305 GLB/Principles of Management
Minimum 18 hours required in the Minor18
Additional Electives Required
Electives required to meet minimum program hours24
Total Hours120