Bachelor of Science, Major in Communication Studies

Bachelor of Science, Major in Communication Studies
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
MATH, STATS, or COSC elective3
Natural Sciences (In addition to Core)8
Major Core
COMS 1361Public Speaking 23
COMS 2331Intro - Comm Theory & Research3
COMS 2386Interpersonal Communication 23
COMS 4381Communication Theory3
Major Core
COMS Electives (Advanced)12
COMS Electives (Non-advanced)6
Minor
Minor (Required)18
Electives
General Electives10
Advanced General Electives 9
Total Hours120

Note: Minor and elective hours should be chosen with the university requirement of 42 advanced hours in mind.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II13Component Area IX1
Component Area III4Component Area III4
COMS 136123COMS 23313
ENGL 130133ENGL 130233
HIST 130143HIST 130243
 16 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IV3Component Area VIII3
COMS 238623Component Area IX3
General Elective3MATH, STAT, or COSC Elective3
Natural Sciences (In addition to Core)4Natural Sciences (In addition to Core)4
POLS 230553POLS 230643
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area V3COMS Advanced Elective6
COMS Advanced Elective6COMS 43813
General Advanced Elective3Minor (Advanced hours)6
Minor3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
COMS Elective6General Advanced Elective3
General Advanced Electives3General Electives4
Minor6General Elective3
 Minor (Advanced)3
 15 13
Total Hours: 120

Note: Minor and elective hours should be chosen with the university requirement of 42 advanced hours in mind.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Communication Studies is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Oral and written communication competencies.
  • Multi-cultural and diversity competencies.
  • Conflict management and teamwork.
  • Scientific literacy.
  • Ethical communication.