Communication - BA

Students who want to transform the world through communication can choose Communication as a major. The Bachelor of Arts in Communication teaches how to influence and persuade others through the use of language, visuals and media.  We pursue coursework that gives students a background in the processes and theories of communication as well as in the skills that are so valuable in the working world.

Coursework for incoming Freshmen begins with a dedicated first semester experience which introduces them to the breadth of the field of Communication and Media.  We welcome Transfer students, meeting them where they are and integrating them into the Communication family. All Communication majors take a core of required courses that establish a firm foundation in the field and then select additional coursework that suits their interests and needs.  Students who wish to focus their studies further, may choose to earn a certificate in Health Communication, Strategic Communication, Leadership and Conflict Management or Global Media.

COMM 203Public Speaking3
or COMM 205   or Communication for Technical Professions 
or COMM 243   or Argumentation and Debate 
Select one of the following:3
Group Communication and Discussion
Interviewing: Principles and Practice
Communication Technology Skills
Rhetorical Criticism
New Media and the Independent Voice
COMM 301Rhetoric in Western Thought 13
COMM 305Theories of Communication 13
COMM 308Research Methods in Communication 13
COMM 300-level elective6
COMM 401 to 480 elective6
COMM 100 to 499 elective 26
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 33
ENGL 203Writing about Literature 4,53
or ENGL 210   or Technical and Business Writing 
Literature in English 56
MATH 141Finite Mathematics3
or MATH 166   or Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II 
Select one of the following:3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus
Business Calculus
Engineering Mathematics I
Introduction to Logic (or higher)
American history elective6
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
Life and physical sciences elective9
Language, philosophy and culture elective 63
Creative arts elective 63
Language, philosophy and culture or Creative arts elective 63
Social and behavioral sciences elective 66
International and cultural diversity 7
Foreign language14
Minor 3,815-18
General electives 90-4
Total Semester Credit Hours120
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Should be completed by the end of junior year.

2

COMM 101 and COMM 291 are required for incoming freshmen in the First Semester of freshman year.

3

Minimum grade of C required.

4

Course satisfies a writing elective.

5

ENGL 203 will count toward the Communication requirement or the Literature in English requirement, but not both.

6

COMM course may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

7

International and Cultural Diversity courses may also be used to satisfy any other requirement.

8

Sequences approved by the College of Liberal Arts, except Communication. No more than 9 semester credit hours may be at a lower-division (100 and 200) level. A minor must be declared before a student completes 75 semester credit hours.

9

Maximum of 9 semester credit hours of any combination of military science and physical activity courses.

Included in graduation requirements are the following stipulations:

  1. A minimum of 2.0 GPR
  2. Minimum grade of C in each course applied to the major
  3. Minimum of 12 hours of upper-level COMM coursework at Texas A&M

Teaching Certification

Students desiring certification to teach communication in secondary schools of Texas may either major in communication (College of Liberal Arts) or in another field, but in either case, they must include the following courses in their degree plans:

COMM 203Public Speaking3
COMM 210Group Communication and Discussion3
COMM 243Argumentation and Debate3
COMM 301Rhetoric in Western Thought3
COMM 305Theories of Communication3
COMM 315Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 350Theories of Mediated Communication3
COMM 330Technology and Human Communication3
or COMM 340   or Communication and Popular Culture 
or COMM 435/FILM 445   or Rhetoric of Television and Film 
THAR 407Performing Literature.3
Total Semester Credit Hours27

Additional education courses are required. More complete information on the requirements for teacher certification may be found in the College of Education and Human Development section under secondary teacher certification.