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Dr. Christopher Gearhart
The philosophy of the department of Communication studies is to align students educational experiences with real-world, hands-on experiences. Our students intern at such facilities at the Rough Creek Lodge in Granbury and the Hico Film Festival. Many students obtain professional-quality skills through writing for, editing, and presenting via the Texan News Service. We have a great time and enjoy what we do in the Department of Communication Studies, and we hope that you will too!

Dr. Christopher Gearhart, Department Chair

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


Beyond a Bachelor's

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

Programs and Opportunities

Tarleton Students Assist With Rebuilding Damaged Homes

Crisis Communication

Comm 4085-Crisis Communication, a course designed and taught by Dr. Cessna Winslow, features a disaster-relief service-learning project.

With resources, training, and supervision provided by Samaritan’s Purse, 2018 and 2019 students rebuilt several homes. Students toured the area and met with residents, first responders, and others affected by the Category 4 hurricane that ravished the Texas Gulf Coast in August 2017. When they returned to Tarleton, the students use photography, video, social media, and essays to share their experiences and showcase them toward the end of the semester.

The course will be offered again in Spring 2021.  

Group of students in professional attire network.

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!