Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communication Studies

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Bachelor of Arts, 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) 23
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
PHIL elective3
Fine Arts Course3
Foreign Language (one field) 214
Major Core
COMS 1361Public Speaking 33
COMS 2331Intro - Comm Theory & Research3
COMS 2386Interpersonal Communication 33
COMS 4381Communication Theory3
COMS Electives (Advanced)12
COMS Electives (Non-advanced)6
Minor (required)18
Total Hours120

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

First Year
Component Area II13COMS 23313
COMS 136123ENGL 130233
ENGL 130133Foreign Language 141244
Foreign Language 141144General Elective 3
HIST 130153HIST 130253
 16 16
Second Year
Component Area III4Component Area III4
COMS 238623Component Area V3
Foreign Language 231143COMS Elective3
General Elective 3Foreign Language 231243
POLS 230563POLS 230663
 16 16
Third Year
COMS Advanced Elective6COMS Advanced Elective6
Fine Arts Course3COMS 43813
PHIL Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Component Area VIII3General Advanced Electives10
Component Area IX1Minor (Advanced hours)3
COMS Elective3 
Minor (Advanced hours)6 
 13 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 BA in Communication Studies is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Competent oral and written communication.
  • Multi-cultural and diversity competencies.
  • Conflict management.
  • Ethical communication.
  • Teamwork.