Texas Tech University

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Texas Tech University's Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies degree is offered by the College of Media and Communication. Communication Studies offers a highly flexible degree. It is uniquely suited to foster career success in a diverse, global, rapidly changing, information-based society. Our economic landscape is undergoing fundamental change as we shift to the new global economy. This shift has important implications for graduates. Recent research shows that you will have multiple careers in your lifetime. It is essential that you possess transferable job skills. A degree in Communication Studies can provide those skills.

Program Overview

Communication Studies focuses on the development of highly sought-after and transferrable skills that include:

  • Communication (oral and written)
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Negotiation

Communication Studies produces well-rounded individuals. It is concerned not just with your career success but with success in all aspects of your life: personal, professional, and public. At the personal level, Communication Studies seeks to improve your personal relationships through classes in interpersonal, family, relational, and nonverbal communication. At the professional level, Communication Studies enhances your effectiveness in the workplace through classes in organizational, small group, and intercultural communication. And at the public level, Communication Studies promotes strong civic engagement through classes in rhetoric, public speaking, and argumentation and debate.

Application Process

  1. Navigate to ApplyTexas and start an application. During the application, select Texas Tech University and then select one of our majors. Selecting one of our majors through this application will automatically put you into this college once you have been admitted to Texas Tech. A list of the six majors to choose from is below.
    • Advertising
    • Communication Studies
    • Journalism
    • Electronic Media and Communications
    • Media Strategies
    • Public Relations
  2. The Application Fee Texas Tech requires a $75.00, non-refundable application fee. You can pay this fee here. There is a fee waiver students can apply for that covers the entire $75.00. For specific information on how to apply and what documents are needed, head to TTU's admissions page. For a very brief summary of who qualifies, see below.

    To qualify, an applicant must be a United States Citizen, permanent resident, or a student identified under Senate Bill 1528 (79th Legislature, 2005) as a resident of Texas. International applicants do not qualify for this fee waiver. Students seeking a post baccalaureate undergraduate degree do not qualify for this waiver.
  3. Official Transcripts Please request official transcripts from all of your high schools and/or colleges and have them sent to Texas Tech at the following address:
    PO Box 45015, West Hall, Academic Records, Room 103
    Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-5015

    If you are asked for an email address instead, use registrar@ttu.edu.
  4. Official SAT or ACT Scores Texas Tech also requires at least one of these test scores to be submitted as well. The scores may be submitted vua the following links.

Program Requirements

  • Communication Literacy (CL) after Fall 2017
  • 33 hours of COMS courses
  • 120 total hours
  • 12 hours in major

Most courses are offered online; however, some courses must be taken at a local college or university. Please see an advisor for clarification.

The following courses are required for students pursuing this degree.

Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies
Course Name
COMS 1310 Fundamentals of Communication
COMS 2300 Public Speaking
COMS 3302 Communication Research
COMS 3301 OR COMS 3310 Communication Theory or Rhetoric in Western Thought

Program Requirements 2017-2018 (Waco Only)

Course Descriptions

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