Telecommunication Media Studies - BA

The Department of Communication offers two degrees in Telecommunication Media Studies.  The Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication Media Studies is similar in structure to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication.  The B.A. in TCMS features a broad, liberal arts approach to media topics supported by classwork from across the College of Liberal Arts and beyond.   The B.A. in TCMS requires study in Communication Technology skills, Technology and Communication, Media History and Media Theory and then branches out to permit choices among a number of TCMS electives. The B.S. in TCMS, however, takes a quantitative focus to the study of media and requires study in Communication Technology skills, Technology and Communication, Media Theory, Media Law or Money Power and Communication, Media Audiences and Media Industries.  With this many specified courses, the student has a more structured approach to studying media and thereby slightly fewer options for selection among TCMS electives.  Both B.A. and B.S. students seem to find the path they take to lead to satisfying outcomes! 

The Telecommunication Media Studies major provides students with tools for understanding the media and their roles in social life theoretically, historically and critically. The degree allows students to choose a broadly based communication and media studies major or a more specialized study of telecommunication and quantitative systems. Students can choose Communication courses that address media industries, law and policy, technology and society, media audiences, processes, and effects, and the theory, history, and criticism of media, culture, and communication.

A degree in Telecommunication Media Studies is useful in a broad variety of careers, including media and telecommunication industries, as well as media-related positions in business, government, non-profit organizations, and higher education. The curriculum is designed to educate citizens for a productive future in a changing world. Our students may become broadcasters, producers, film makers, digital media specialists, industry leaders, government regulators, spokespeople, politicians, writers, artists, activists, and informed citizens.

Both the B.A. students and the B.S. students will select a minor.  They have the option to select a certificate in Global Media, Health Communication, Leadership & Conflict Management, Social Media, Strategic Communication or our new certificate in Diversity and Social Justice.

The BA and BS are both available. The BA is a more flexible, liberal arts media-oriented degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
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 1 4
Telecommunication elective 2,3 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
COMM 230/JOUR 230 Communication Technology Skills 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Writing about Literature 4  
Technical and Business Writing  
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Introduction to Logic  
Foreign language 1 4
Language, philosophy and culture 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
COMM 330 Technology and Human Communication 3
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
Creative arts 5 3
Foreign language 1 3
Literature directed elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Foreign language 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 4 3
Telecommunication elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
COMM 308 Research Methods in Communication 3
COMM 360 Cultural History of the Media 3
American history 3
Minor 6 3
Minor 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
COMM 350 Theories of Mediated Communication 3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 6 3
Telecommunication elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
COMM 401 to 480 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 5 3
Social and behavioral sciences 5 3
Minor 6 3
Telecommunication elective 3 2
General elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
COMM 401 to 480 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.

Students take 21 credit hours of the required program core courses and 12 credit hours of telecommunication elective courses for a total of 33 credit hours. At least 12 credits must be at the upper-division level. At least 12 credits must be taken in residence at Texas A&M University. Minimum grade of C in each course. No more than 3 credit hours of COMM 484; no more than 6 credit hours of COMM 485.

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.