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Degree Programs

The Department of Communication Studies offers undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with three emphases: Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Persuasive Communication. We also offer a variety of minors, including Leadership Communication, Political Communication, and Health Communication. Please scroll down to learn more.

List of Communication Studies courses

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Areas of Specialization

General Communication Studies
Courses emphasize creating, understanding, interpreting, and evaluating messages. This area of specialization concentrates on providing students with a variety of courses from several specializations.

Interpersonal Communication
This concentration of courses is appropriate for students seeking careers in business, nonprofit organizations, sales, public relations, customer service, counseling, and hospitality services (e.g. travel or hotel industry). This specialization focuses on the power building and maintaining positive of relationships.

Organizational Communication
Courses focus on communication flow within contemporary business, public service, nonprofit, and corporate organizations. This specialization prepares students for communication careers in a variety of business and organizational settings.

Persuasive Communication
Emphasizes study in rhetoric, public address, and argumentation. This concentration is appropriate for students planning careers in business and industry, nonprofit organization, sales and marketing, the ministry, law, and politics.

Teacher Certification in Communication Studies
Students seeking secondary teacher certification are required to take courses that prepare them to teach a variety of communication courses. These courses include interpretive reading, argumentation and debate, methods of teaching communication studies, directed communication studies and theatre activities, and a choice of many others.

The Texas State Communication Studies course catalog includes all major and minor requirements.
Click here to view the most current course catalog.
If you would like to contact an Academic Advisor please call the College of Fine Arts & Communication Advising Center at 512-245-1932 or visit their website at http://advising.finearts.txstate.edu/


Minor in Communication Studies

Communication Studies (general)
Courses in this minor are directed toward developing and improving communication effectiveness. Courses emphasize creating, understanding, interpreting, and evaluating messages. In addition to COMM 1310, the minor consists of 18 semester hours to be taken from the Communication Studies Department.

Why would you consider a minor in Communication Studies?

A Communication Studies minor can extend or complement your major.
Employers want to hire college graduates who communicate effectively, lead and work well in groups and teams, and have the ability to work with diverse groups of people.

A Communication Studies minor will help you stand out among others in your chosen profession.
A minor in communication can help with the presentational and research aspects of all careers. Many jobs require reports and frequent written and/or oral exchanges and the opportunity to work and lead effective, diverse groups. A minor in communication will develop these skills. Employers in all fields seek effective communicators.

A Communication Studies minor can balance your major.
Another reason to select a Communication minor is to do something completely different, either to achieve personal balance, fulfill some other need, or enhance an important skill.  Communication skills help you gain valuable understanding and abilities.


Health Communication

A minor in Health Communication includes a unique blend of theory, research, and application. The study of health communication can contribute to disease prevention and health promotion in areas such as provider-patient communication, patient-family communication, public health messages and campaigns, health in mass media, public health, and technology and health.
The required courses include:

  • COMM 4326 – Health Communication
  • MC 4382P – Heath Communication Concepts

The minor is interdisciplinary and requires 21 hours including courses from the Department of Communication Studies, the School of Health Administration, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Department of Psychology.

If a student elects a minor either in Communication Studies or in Health Communication, no COMM or HA course may count both for a major and a minor.Refer to the appropriate catalogue year and consult with your academic advisor for the specific course requirements to complete this minor.


Leadership

A minor in Leadership Studies is designed for students who want to enhance their major by taking courses that will increase their skill and understanding of leading others. This is an interdisciplinary minor requiring 21 hours, including courses from the departments of Communication Studies, Management, Agriculture, Philosophy, Aerospace Studies, Psychology, and Health Administration.

The required courses include:

  • COMM 4347  - Leadership and Communication
  • COMM 3330 – Nonverbal Communication
  • PHIL 3322 – Business and Professional Ethics

If a student elects a minor in Leadership Studies, no COMM or other course from the listed disciplines may count both for a major and a minor. Refer to the appropriate catalogue year and consult with your academic advisor for the specific course requirements to complete this minor.

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Political Communication

A minor in Political Communication addresses a variety of theories, principles, and skills related to the political communication process. The minor is designed for students interested in law, politics, public administration, public policy, or other professions related to issues and ideas in a political communication context.

A minor in Political Communication requires 24 hours, which includes 12 hours from the Department of Communication Studies and 12 hours from the selected courses from the Department of Political Science. The required course is COMM 4345 – Political Communication.

If a student elects to minor in either communication studies or political science, no COMM or POSI course may count both for a major and a minor. Refer to the appropriate catalogue year and consult with your academic advisor for the specific course requirements to complete this minor.

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