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Box 43083, Lubbock, TX 79409-3083
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About the Program

This department supervises the following degree programs:

        • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
        • Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Communication Studies at Texas Tech prepares students for careers in business, industry, social service, and education. Plans are offered that allow for the study of communication skills and theories and their applications to problems in work and social settings. In addition to classroom instruction, the department sponsors cocurricular and extracurricular activity in forensics (speech and debate) and supports a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association). For advanced students, an undergraduate internship in communication studies is an option that provides an opportunity for practice in applied settings.

Requirements for the Major. Students seeking an undergraduate degree in communication studies will complete a course of study that consists of 36 hours of communication studies courses with at least 21 hours of advanced courses. The degree requires 120–124* credit hours for graduation (including core and general education courses). The department recognizes that each student has unique educational objectives and professional goals. Therefore, a flexible and individualized plan of undergraduate study is developed to be compatible with the student’s aims. A total of 12 hours toward the major must be completed in residence at Texas Tech

All students who major in communication studies must complete COMS 1301, 2300, 2301, 2302, and 3311. Students have the option to declare a concentration in one of three areas: communication and public affairs, interpersonal communication, or corporate-organizational communication. A student who declares a concentration will take 12 hours in the concentration and 9 hours of upper-level electives in communication studies. A student who chooses not to declare a concentration will take a minimum of 6 hours from each of the three concentrations plus 3 hours of a COMS elective at the junior/senior level toward the required total of 36 hours in the major. Courses in the communication and public affairs concentration include COMS 3313, 3314, 3315, 3318, 4304, 4310, and 4314. Courses in the interpersonal communication concentration include COMS 3331, 3332, 3333, 3334, 4304, and 4330. Courses in the corporate-organizational communication concentration include 3351, 3353, 3355, 3358, 3359, 4304, and 4350.

Requirements for the Minor. A minor consists of 18 hours of COMS courses, at least 6 hours of which must be completed in residence at Texas Tech. Students who minor in communication studies must complete COMS 2301 and either COMS 1300 or 2300. Of the remaining 12 hours, 9 must be in advanced courses. The other 3 hours may be COMS 1301 (recommended but not required) or an additional advanced course.

Teacher Certification. Students desiring secondary certification in communication studies must complete the following: COMS 1300, 1301, 2300, 3314, 3351, MCOM 1300, and 9 hours of electives in communication studies, all of which must be at the upper-division level. Students planning to become high school teachers should minor in secondary education. They will be required to take EDSE 4000 for their student teaching experience. The university is implementing a new teacher education program that includes a full year of student teaching (two semesters of the senior year) for students beginning their teacher education program in spring 2013 or later. Please see a College of Education advisor to complete a certification plan.

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Graduate Program

The graduate program for the master’s degree in communication studies requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework plus 6 hours of thesis. A non-thesis option requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework, a written comprehensive exam, and an oral defense. Required courses are COMS 5300, 5301, 5305, 5306, and 5307.Back to Top


Course Descriptions


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Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, Ph.D., Interim Chairperson

Professors: Olaniran, Roach, Stewart
Associate Professors: Gring, Heuman, Hughes, Langford, Punyanunt-Carter, Scholl
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