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What can I do with a communication degree?

Many of our students go into public relations, media, event management, fundraising, sales, .  We have students working in non-profit and private organizations, and at newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations.  Currently, our graduates hold such positions as Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Kelly, Hart and Hallman, Event Planner for Alcon, Pharmaceutical Salesperson, Tarleton State University Recruiter, and many similar career posts. 

What about internships?
Internships are advisable and available, but not required.  Especially for those interested in Journalism & Broadcasting or Public Relations & Event Management, the internship is a valuable and rewarding experience.  The internship is a pre-professional position in your area of study for which you earn up to six hours of college credit.  Tarleton's Communication Studies students have completed internships at ESPN radio, Texas Rangers, Texas Motor Speedways, Fox News (network headquarters), and many other organizations.
Will I get practical “hands-on” experience?

Absolutely. There are several ways that you can get hands-on experience and build your portfolio of print and electronic clippings, collateral materials, photography, design, awards, volunteerism, and other evidence of professional ability, packaged for presentation to potential employers. 

Journalism & Broadcasting students participate in the Texan News Service, an online newsroom publishing student stories that are picked up by media outlets around the state. 

Texan TV News is a weekly show produced by Communication Studies classes and the campus radio station provides on-air opportunities. 

Longhorn Drover is a magazine published by by the Department of Communication Studies, with communication students for the International Texas Longhorn Association, and produced . 

Public Relations & Event Management students work with on- and off-campus clients every semester, planning and producing collateral materials, fundraisers, special events, promotional campaigns, weddings, corporate events, charity galas, civic events, and other PR needs of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. 
What is the difference between a B.A. and a B.S. degree?

Not much.  A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) requires 14 hours (four semesters) of foreign language and six hours (two semesters) of world history.  The Bachelor of  Science does not.  Other than that, there is no difference.