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 choose one of three tracks within the Communication Studies degree program:

Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication examines processes internal and external to various organizations, including businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies. Students develop skills and expertise related to new communication technologies and strategic aspects of communication in today’s complex organizations.

Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication centers on interaction in a variety of human relationships and contexts, including families, healthcare settings, and intercultural interactions. Students develop skills and expertise related to verbal and nonverbal communication focused on the development of 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.

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

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