Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

Communication touches all aspects of our lives — from interacting in the workplace to navigating personal and professional relationships. As a communications studies major, you will master communication in all of these contexts. You have the option to specialize in one of five tracks to focus your studies as you gain experience in argument, persuasion, research and storytelling that will prepare you for careers where communication skills are key.

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A Strong Foundation

The CMS Undergraduate Program is designed to provide students a wide range of knowledge and expertise alongside practical experience in areas of their choosing.

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Students choose one of these tracks:

Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication examines the internal and external processes of organizations, including businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies. Students develop skills and expertise related to strategic communication, digital workplace technologies, collaboration and teamwork, and other aspects of communication in today’s complex organizations.

Interpersonal (Human Relations as of Fall 2024) Communication

Human Relations Communication centers on interactions in human relationships and contexts, including in families, romantic partnerships, healthcare settings and intercultural interactions. Students develop skills and expertise related to verbal and nonverbal communication focused on developing healthy relationships.

Political Communication

Political Communication focuses on communication in political environments and other public settings. Students develop skills and expertise related to speechwriting, campaign management, influence and argumentation applicable to a range of political and public contexts.

Global and Intercultural Communication

Global and Intercultural Communication focuses on the role of communication across various societal groups with the aim of understanding opinions and values across national and cultural boundaries. Students develop skills in how to use language to facilitate interactions with an array of individuals and to manage issues from a global, local and organizational context.

Strategic and Risk Communication

Strategic and Risk Communication emphasizes the growing need for effective risk strategies in today’s complex society. Students will develop skills in identifying target audiences, creating customized communication strategies, and managing risk communication properly to achieve a variety of goals.

Communication Studies Career Paths

The Communication Studies degree is extremely versatile, allowing students to move into a range of careers, such as corporate and marketing communication, sales, human resources and employee relations, healthcare advising, conflict mediation and counseling, advocacy, political campaign management, lobbying, speechwriting, community liaisons, diplomatic work, risk analysis, digital media strategy, event planning and more.

Work at organizations including:

  • Dell Technologies 
  • Deloitte 
  • Texas State Capitol
  • TikTok 
  • YETI

in positions such as:

  • Corporate Communications Analyst
  • Technical Recruiter
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Advertiser Experience Specialist
  •  Talent Acquisition Coordinator
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Life After Moody

See how Cole Hammer, CMS class of '22, uses his Communication Studies degree in his career as a professional golfer.

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