University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Communication

Communication Studies

The communication studies program provides you with the opportunity to investigate communication processes as they occur within and among individuals, groups, organizations, and societies.

You will master the knowledge and skills related to the study of the communicative self, the study of how people create and interpret meaning, and the study of the effective articulation of ideas.

In addition, you will acquire the analysis and evaluation skills necessary to be critical consumers of personal, professional, and cultural communication.

As a major in communication studies, you will be qualified for a career in a wide range of positions in the field of business, government, education, and social services.

This program allows you to pursue a degree in speech communication or a degree in organizational communication.

Speech Communication

A degree in speech communication will provide you with a theoretical background in oral rhetoric, interpersonal communication, group processes, performance studies, presentational speaking, and persuasion.

Job opportunities related to speech communication are available in training and development, media relations, public affairs, social services, speech writing for political campaigns, teaching and the education industry.

Organizational Communication

A degree in organizational communication will provide you with a theoretical background in interpersonal, group, and organizational communication theory and presentational speaking.

Job opportunities related to organizational communication are available in corporate communication, training and development, human relations, labor relations, advertising, marketing and sales, professional consulting, international business, and communication technology.

In addition to general requirements for the degree Bachelor of Arts in Communication, students take the following courses. For current course descriptions, please check the university catalog or myMav system.

COMS Majors: A minimum of 39 semester hours, 18 of which must be 3000/4000-level courses.

Speech Communication

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Technology
  • COMM 4315 - Communication Theory
  • COMS 1301 - Fundamentals of Speech
  • COMS 2304 - Group Communication Principles
  • COMS 3310 - Group Communication Theory
  • COMS 3315 - Communication for Educators
  • 3 hours from:
    • COMS 3312 - Backgrounds of Public Address
    • COMS 4302 - Modern Public Address
  • 6 hours from:
    • COMS 3321 - Oral Interpretation of Prose
    • COMS 3322 - Oral Interpretation of Texts
    • COMS 3323 - Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature
  • 6 hours of electives in the department

Organizational Communication

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Technology
  • COMS 1301 Fundamentals of Speech
  • COMS 2304 Group Communication Principles
  • COMS 2305 Business and Professional Communication
  • COMS 3309 Organizational Communication
  • COMS 4315 Business Presentations
  • 6 hours from:
    • COMS 3310 - Group Communication Theory
    • COMS 3316 - Communication in Human Relations
    • COMS 3320 - Interview Principles
  • 6 hours from:
    • COMS 4300 - Persuasive Communication
    • COMS 4315 - Business Presentations
    • COMS 4320 - Managerial Communication
    • COMS 4322 - Communication Training and Development
  • 6 hours from COMM 4000-level courses (COMM 4315 recommended)
  • 3 hours electives in the department

COMS MINORS: 18 hours, six of which must be 3000/4000-level, selected after consulting with an advisor.

For more information, contact the Communication Advising Office in Fine Arts Room 126, phone 817-272-5760.