As part of the mission of Texas A&M, the Department of Communication values high impact practices for students which provide learning experiences that include, but also goes beyond, classroom instruction. As defined by the university, in high impact practices, “you will actively pose and solve problems, work collaboratively in a community of peers, experience real-world applications of knowledge, and reflect on your learning processes.” We have embedded several high impact opportunities into our undergraduate curriculum. The following detail some of the facets of being a Communication or Telecommunication Media Studies major.
Degree Options: The Department of Communication offers three degrees, The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication (COMM-BA), The Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication Media Studies (TCMS-BA), and The Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication Media Studies (TCMS-BS). Click here for a general description of each of these degrees.
Comprehensive Educational Experience: To major in Communication or Telecommunication Media Studies is to be a part of one the fastest growing liberal arts major in the country. To take courses in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M is to be taught by some of the leading scholars in the field and to learn most cutting-edge theories and practices in the fields of rhetoric, health, global media, and organizational communication. A graduate with one of our degrees will enter the workforce able to adapt to a wide variety of environments, from small-group discussion to strategic mass mediated messaging, and will enter civil life with the critical thinking skills, ethical principles, and communicative competence to make a difference not only in their communities and but on the global stage.
Diverse Course Offerings: The Department of Communication offers courses in many areas in the discipline including health communication, organizational communication, rhetoric and public affairs, leadership and civic dialogue, and strategic communication with significant focus in intercultural and international communication across each area. Access our list of COMM undergraduate courses.
Customization: The combination of three different majors, a requirement to declare a minor, the possibility of honors, and the option to choose among four certificates permits undergraduate students to develop programs of study that are tailored to their personal interests. Please contact Undergraduate Advising to learn more about how to customize your experience.
Study Abroad: We urge each COMM and TCMS student to study abroad. Two experiences that we feature include our faculty-led COMM to Italy trip and our reciprocal exchange trip to Barcelona. Previous study abroad programs have seen our faculty travel with students to Mexico, China and Brazil. However, COMM and TCMS students can also choose to study in locations across Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Central America. For more information, link to our Study Abroad page.
Communication Honors: The Department of Communication has a well-established Honors plan and strong linkages to the University honors program. Students seeking a challenge, university recognition, and a closer working relationship with our award-winning faculty can apply to be an honors student.
Certificate Programs: Certificates combine prescribed coursework with high impact experiences to provide focus in a particular area. These include the Communication and Global Media Certificate (CGMC), the Communication Leadership and Conflict Management Certificate (CLCM), the Health Communication Certificate (HCC), and the Certificate in Strategic Communication (CSC). Read more about our certificates.
Student Organizations: Texas A&M University is home to hundreds and hundreds of student organizations. There is a group for virtually every interest. The Department of Communication features three of these student organizations and clubs each of which is available for undergraduate students. These include Lambda Pi Eta (LPE), the Student Communication Association (SCA), and the Telecommunication Media Association (TMA). Preview our Student Organizations.
Undergraduate Research: Every year we host the Annual Freshman Communication Research Conference. First semester students are encouraged to ask a question about communication or media, and then working alone, with a partner or in a group of three, to select a research method, read the literature, and conduct their project. Findings are presented in poster session in an event attended by fellow students, graduate students, faculty and Deans.
Internships: Employers from across campus, across town, across the state, across the nation, and even across the world, seek COMM and TCMS majors for internships. Whether paid or unpaid, as long as the opportunity involves hands-on, supervised experience in the realm of communication or media, and is suitable as determined by the student, undergraduate students are able to earn academic credit. Contact Prof. Nancy Street to find out about internships.