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Communication Studies

The Department of Communication studies offers you many diverse paths for learning. Our departmental culture is founded on knowledge of our discipline, as indicated by our award winning faculty, and respect for student learning depicted by our hands-on, innovative approach. Communication Studies is a vast and unique field with unlimited possibilities, and we strive to prepare our students to succeed in their careers long after their time at Tarleton State.

Choose Your Path

As a Communication Studies undergraduate student, you will have the opportunity to focus on the subject matter that interests you. Choose a concentration designed to enhance your Bachelors in Communication Studies in one of three areas:

B.A. in Communication Studies

B.S. in Communication Studies

As a well-rounded department, we also offer teacher certification in two areas: Professional and Relational Communication or Journalism and Broadcasting.

Beyond a Bachelor's

Continue your education with a graduate degree. Earn your Master of Arts in Communication Studies.

Programs and Opportunities

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The Texan Debate

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

Read about the inaugural Texan Debate!

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Annual 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.
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Research Areas

As a student in the Department of Communication Studies, you will have numerous opportunities to engage in research activities focused on subjects like: 

  • Social Media
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Rhetoric and Communication Theory
  • Social Movements
  • Gender Studies
  • Environmental communications
  • Teaching Practices
  • Student Success

and many more!