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B.A. in Communication Studies

Overview

Faculty and staff in Communication Studies are dedicated to educational and societal development of students, in a progressive, relaxed atmosphere of learning and mentoring. Students who choose to major in Communication Studies may select from a variety of minors toy complement their career aspirations, and students who choose to major in other fields will be able to choose Communication Studies as a minor. There are three different concentration options to choose from in our program. These concentrations include:

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Many of our graduates go into fields related to their major concentration, such as:

  • Public Relations 
  • Media Relations 
  • Event Management 
  • Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations 
  • Social Media Communication 

We currently have graduates of our program who hold positions in various communication fields, at big name companies such as the Kelly-Hart Law Firm and Alcon. 

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Internships

Students are advised to complete internships, however they are not required for this degree. In addition to the rewarding experience an internship offers, students can earn up to six hours of college credit upon completion of an internship position. Our students completed internships with well-known organizations, such as: 

  • ESPN Radio 
  • Texas Rangers Baseball 
  • Texas Motor Speedway 
  • Fox News Network Headquarters

And many more! 

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Real Experience

There are several opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience, which will help them build their portfolios for presentation to potential employers. These opportunities include:

  • The Texan News Service
  • Texan TV News
  • Longhorn Drover
  • Classroom projects that incorporate working with on- and off-campus clients 
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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

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Program Objectives

  • Students will graduate with the investigative skills and hands-on experience that employers demand.
  • Students will gain real-world experience participating in public relations and event management activities for profit and non-profit organizations throughout Central Texas.
  • Students will have the knowledge to pursue a career in such diverse fields as administration, management, and consulting.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
COMM 2325 Event Coordination 
COMM 3305 Environmental Communication
COMM 3310 Communication Law
COMM 3321 Advertising
COMM 4301 Media Management
ENGL 3309 Technical Writing and Document Design
ENGL 4312 Writing for Electronic Mediums
PHIL 3301 Ethics in the Professions

Facilities and Features

Podcast rooms

Podcast Rooms

The O.A. Grant (Humanities) Building is equipped with Podcast Rooms where students can improve presentations by watching their practice sessions through the top-notch technology provided by the “mediascape”. In addition to the Podcast Rooms, the second and third floors of the building have Media Collaboration rooms, designed for students to meet and work on media related group projects. 

Media Convergence Lab

Media Convergence Lab

This state-of-the-art facility enables students to gain hands-on experience in both news gathering and broadcasting. In this unique 'learning lab' environment, the Media Convergence Lab allows students to work together in real-world situations to meet daily newscast deadlines, compile and edit news stories, as well as produce both radio and TV broadcasts on a regular basis.

Public Relations and Event Management Lab

Public Relations and Event Management Lab

This facility is specifically for Public Relations and Event Managment (PREM) majors. From start to finish, events can be put together with careful attention to detail, management of all contingencies, and handled with expert communication plans. From writing press releases to creating budgets to executing perfectly coordinated campaigns for real-world clients, students receive hands-on experience and education.