What is Communication Studies?
Communication (COMM) studies is the study of human communication at large. With a degree in communication studies, our students are able to master communication theories and research, enhance communication skills, and enhance preparation for a variety of different careers or for graduate study.
There are three areas of study:
Interpersonal, digital & organizational communication examines the impact of communication theory in multiple contexts. It explores how human and digital communication influences cultures, groups, and individuals. It also teaches effective communication in different types of organizations.
Communication, Culture, and Public Discourse examines how communication is influential in the formation and growth of every culture. It explores the power of communication in terms of persuasion, public advocacy, public address, and public policy.
Performance studies examines how performance is central to the development of human beings and cultures. We are always performing different roles, and performance is a tool used to communicate different messages.
Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours, 42 of which must be advanced, and as well as fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences section of the undergraduate catalog. Students wishing to major in Communication Studies should consult an advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office, General Academic Building Room 220.
Supplemental Information for BA with a Major in Communication Studies
Students planning to declare a major in Communication Studies are admitted as pre-majors (PCOM) and must:
- complete all of the courses listed for the pre-major with a grade of "C" or better in each course;
- complete at least 30 hours of college credit (courses listed below count toward that 30 hours); and
- have a UNT grade point average of 2.50 or higher.
Courses required for the pre-major: English composition 1, English composition 2, COMM 1010, COMM 2020, COMM 2060, and COMM 2140. When all requirements for the pre-major have been satisfied, the student may declare Communication Studies (COMM) as a major.
The major in Communication Studies requires a total of 39 semester credit hours (including COMM courses in the pre-major and 3 hours of COMM 3010).
9 hours distributed, with one course taken from each group:
- Group A: COMM 3620 or 3720 or 3920 or 4420
- Group B: COMM 3340 or 4140 or 4240 or 4340
- Group C: COMM 3260 or 3760 or 3860 or 4360
3 hours of Capstone, COMM 4810
Students majoring in Communication Studies are required to have a minimum grade of "C" in all COMM courses to graduate. Students must observe prerequisites for each COMM course. If a student registered for a course has not completed prerequisites for the course with a grade of "C" or better, the student is subject to being dropped from the course without notice. Prerequisites are listed with individual course descriptions.
Because of the high demand for many COMM courses, students who miss the first class day without prior consent of the instructor are subject to being dropped from the course so that other students may be added. Although it is strongly discouraged, It is the student's responsibility to secure prior consent of the instructor if absence on the first day of class is necessary.
A student who has completed 90 hours with a minimum GPA of 3.50 is eligible to write a Senior Honors Thesis. Students who elect this option are expected to complete their theses in the course of a single semester.
Minor in Communication Studies
The minor in Communication Studies requires a total of 18 semester hours, 6 of which must be in upper-level hours. Minors must observe the system of prerequisites for upper-level courses.
Common Courses that fulfill Upper-Level Prerequisites
Comm 2020: Interpersonal Communication is the prereq for all advanced Comm Courses that end in a 20 something (i.e. Comm 3920, 4220, 4829). Comm 2020 also meets Social and Behavioral Science Core requirement
Comm 2140: Advocating in Public is the prereq for all advanced Comm Courses that end in a 40 something (i.e. Comm 4340, 3340, 4849). Comm 2140 also meets Discovery Core requirement
Comm 2060: Performance of Literature is the prereq for all advanced Comm Courses that end in a 60 something (i.e. Comm 3865, 4060, 4869). Comm 2020 also meets the Creative Arts Core requirement
Departmental advisors are available for consultations on the minor in communication studies.
Students who expect to teach Speech Communication in secondary schools must complete the departmental major plus certification standards required by the College of Education at UNT.
Advanced students may be selected to participate in communication internships. Interns work in positions that allow them to develop communication skills in professional contexts.
Marketable skills for this degree include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas, that are valued by employers, and are primary or complementary to the major. The marketable skills goal was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers. UNT's marketable skills were faculty-developed and approved by employers or discipline-specific agencies, e.g., internship providers, chambers of commerce, workforce development boards, and other workforce-related entities. For information on these marketable skills - https://vpaa.unt.edu/thecb/class.