What is Communication Studies
Communication Studies students are skilled researchers, writers, speakers, problem-solvers, and leaders. Communication Studies examines the creation, transmission, and analysis of the messages we receive every day. Communication Studies students investigate communication processes as they occur within and among individuals, groups, organizations, and cultures. Our students explore interpersonal relationships, nonverbal and verbal messages, rhetoric and criticism, persuasion, and other aspects of what makes us social.
Department of Communication Studies
This internationally recognized department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Our undergraduate majors choose from five areas of emphasis: general communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, persuasive communication, and teacher certification in communication studies. The department also offers undergraduate minors focusing on general communication, health communication, leadership, and political communication. Our graduate program offers a broad set of courses in six general areas: health communication, instructional communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, rhetorical studies, and training and development. We also offer a Corporate Communication and Training graduate-level certificate program.
Nineteen full-time faculty members are active in national and international associations, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and win numerous awards for teaching excellence. Our graduate program is rated as one of the top communication M.A. programs in the nation, and our Basic Communication Course, Communication 1310, was named a Program of Excellence by the National Communication Association.
Our international reputation comes from several collaborative research projects, faculty and student exchanges, and faculty visiting scholar appointments at Russian universities including Moscow State University, Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, and The Cultural Institute of St. Petersburg, Russia; We also have collaborative relationships with the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Oxford University, England; Cambridge University, England; University of Siena, Italy; and University of Florence, Italy. The department proudly sponsors the student honor society Lambda Pi Eta, the COMM Club, and the Texas State forensics team and LBJ Debate Society.