Communication - BA

Students who want to transform the world through communication choose the Bachelor of Arts in Communication as a major. The Bachelor of Arts in Communication teaches how to influence and persuade others through the use of language, visual images and other media.  This is a major that affords a broad based, Liberal Arts education that draws from coursework from across the College of Liberal Arts, and from across the Texas A&M University.  In the Communication major, we pursue coursework giving students a background in the processes and theories of communication as well as in the marketable 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 of Media while also involving them in small groups and acquainting them with Texas A&M University, our resources and our opportunities.  We also 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, Global Media, Social Media, or Diversity and Social Justice.

With over a thousand students in the major, there is not one particular career path that they all choose.  Many go into careers in public relations, advertising, sales, promotions and marketing. Others work in leadership positions in corporations, or in political, religious or social non-profits.  Still others work in tactics of communication such as spokespersons, event managers, market influencers, graphic designers or digital specialists. Other popular options are careers in sports, social media, international business, and health.

All B.A. COMM students choose a minor.  A minor area of study fits within the 120 hours required for the degree and helps to further define and focus the student's interests.  When making a choice of majors, remember that one can major in Communication and minor in a related area or in a widely divergent area.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
COMM 100-499 1,2 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences  
Finite Mathematics  
Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
Foreign language 3 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ENGL 203
Writing about Literature 4
or Technical and Business Writing
3
Select one of the following: 2 3
Group Communication and Discussion  
Interviewing: Principles and Practice  
Communication Technology Skills  
Rhetorical Criticism  
Difficult Dialogues on Power, Privilege, and Difference  
New Media and the Independent Voice  
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Introduction to Logic  
Foreign language 3 4
Language, philosophy and culture 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 2 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Creative arts 5 3
Foreign language 3 3
Social and behavioral sciences 5 3
Literature directed elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
COMM 300-level 2 3
Foreign language 3 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
COMM 301 Rhetoric in Western Thought 2 3
COMM 308 Research Methods in Communication 2 3
American history 3
Minor 6 3
Minor 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
COMM 305 Theories of Communication 2 3
COMM 300-level 2 3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
COMM 100-499 2 2
COMM 401 to 480 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 5 3
Social and behavioral sciences 5 3
Minor 6 3
General elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
COMM 401 to 480 2 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 6 3
Minor 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

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.