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Professional and Relational Communication

Overview

Our Personal and Relational Communications (PARC) concentration will allow you to develop skills in a variety of different areas, including: 

  • Business and professional speaking;
  • Small groups;
  • Organizations;
  • Interpersonal and intercultural relationships; or
  • Families. 

Our exceptional and award-winning faculty members will aim to help you develop the competencies and skills needed to be successful in numerous industries and job types, such as nonprofit organizations, project management and much more. Choosing a concentration in PARC will allow you to take diverse communication courses, which will enable you to gain knowledge over a wide range of field related topics. 

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Alex Taylor
I transferred to Tarleton in 2014, and it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I'm so thankful that I found this university and chose to study Professional and Relational Communications. I found my passion through this program and couldn't be happier to have obtained a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies.

Alex Taylor, Communication Studies Graduate 2016

Program Objectives

  • Provide you with a generalist degree that prepares you for a career in diverse fields such as Administration, Management, Consulting and much more. 
  • Present you a wide variety of coursework options to fit your specific interests.
  • Give you the opportunity to customize your learning experience through both coursework and internships, which will provide an advantage over other candidates in post-graduation job searches.

Coursework Highlights

The PARC concentration offers courses that are designed to increase knowledge and understanding of several communication concepts, such as:

Class Number Class Name
COMM 2302 Business and Professional Speaking
COMM 3303 Debate
COMM 3304 Interpersonal Communications
COMM 3310 Communication Law
COMM 3321 Advertising
COMM 3323 Political Communication
COMM 3329 Travel & Tourism
COMM 4304 Organizational Communication

Facilities and Features

Student at computer station in Podcast room.

Podcast Rooms

The O.A. Grant (Humanities) Building is equipped with Podcast Rooms where you can improve speaking assignments and presentations by watching your practice sessions on video through the top-notch technology provided by the "mediascape". Additionally, the second and third floors both have Media Collaboration rooms, designed for students to collaborate on media related group projects.

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The Texan Debate Program

This new program will give you a forum to talk about controversial topics that are important in American Society today. Through this opportunity, you will learn to discuss sensitive subjects with civility, respect and structure. This organization is specifically designed for students enrolled in:

  • COMM 1311
  • COMM 1315
  • COMM 2302
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TSMRI Annual Conference

Attend a national social media conference. Participants travel from across the country to attend Tarleton's Texas Social Media Research Institute's (TSMRI) annual conference; where they can present research and get training on topics including:

  • Investigating generational perceptions,
  • Best practices to attract and retain followers,
  • Applications for organizations,
  • Policies,
  • Privacy and
  • Finding new ways to utilize social media.