The Undergraduate Program in Communication Studies

What is Communication Studies?

Communication Studies (CMS) is the study of communication in relationships. These relationships can range anywhere from interpersonal to organizational. CMS majors are given the skills and knowledge they need to apply to a great variety of career paths. Each student is encouraged to decide what that career path may be through internships, career exploration, and interaction with faculty.

Students are asked to choose from three different tracks within CMS:

Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication is a specialization in Organizational Communication that focuses on communication between and among individuals and groups in organizations, including corporate, non-profit, and governmental organizations.   Organizational Communication is the study of human interaction within complex organizations – including leadership and organizational behavior. Research projects among the faculty have focused on the process of understanding the effect of power, time, and sequence on messages, and how the understanding of others and communication with them occur over information and communication technologies.

Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication focuses on interaction in a variety of human relationships and cultures. This includes both verbal and nonverbal communication, face-to-face communication, and intercultural communication.

Political Communication

Political Communication is a specialization in Rhetorical Theory and focuses on communication in public settings, including political communication, persuasion, and argumentation theory.

Learn more about our degree requirements on the Moody College web site.

Communication Studies Minor for Non-Communication Majors

The minor in Communication Studies will afford undergraduate students across the University the opportunity to increase their skills in communication, particularly in the areas of organizational, interpersonal, and rhetorical communication. In addition, students will study the foundations of public speaking, verbal and non-verbal communication, and intercultural communication as well as learn techniques to approach ethical dilemmas within the field of communication.

Learn more about a minor in communication studies.

Prospective Students

Freshman and external transfer student admission decisions are made solely by the Office of Admissions. Please visit Be a Longhorn for more information about the University and its admissions procedures.

Current UT students who wish to transfer into or add a second major in Communication Studies must fill out the College of Communication Internal Transfer Application.

Potential Careers

  • Corporate work
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Counseling
  • Any position involving interaction with people

The Department also oversees the University of Texas debate and individual events programs.

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