Communication Studies

About the program

Communication class with female studentsThe Communication Studies major or minor is ideal for a student who is looking to build a successful career on a foundation of oral communication skills. Because this major is much more than ‘just giving speeches,’ the fields we study include interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and intercultural communication.

There are also courses in specific subjects such as legal communication, health communication, business communication, gender communication, Mass Communication and Management Communication. Students with an interest in and talent for oral communication who have majored in Communication Studies have launched a variety of extraordinary careers.

Communication Studies offers a practical study of the principles and mechanisms of human interaction: How can the student be most persuasive? How can the student become an effective, respected leader? How can the student understand, avoid, and, when necessary, resolve conflict? More than persuasive leaders and successful peacemakers, we want our graduates to be members of society who are both productive and ethical. As such, the Communication Studies program grounds its challenging course of study in the Marianist traditions of integrity and community service.

Students can pursue one of the following program options:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies – Degree Plan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Teacher Certification – Degree Plan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program – Degree Plan
  • Combined Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Master of Arts in Communication Studies – Degree Plan
  • Combined Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Master of Arts in English Literature and Language – Degree Plan
  • Minor in Communication Studies – Degree Plan
Courses and degree plan

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Requirements and Degree Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Teacher Certification Requirements and Degree Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program Requirements and Degree Plan

Combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communication Studies Requirements and Degree Plan

Minor in Communication Studies Requirements and Plan

Career Oppotunities
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Customer service
  • Writing and editing
  • Development
  • Public opinion research
  • Nonprofit, government or corporate public affairs
  • Newspaper or magazine writing/editing
  • Hospitality or tourism industry
  • Retail management
Teacher Certification option

Students interested in teaching can obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Teacher Certification. The St. Mary’s University Department of Teacher Education is committed to preparing teachers for the important role they play in our society’s future. The elementary, secondary, and all-level teacher certification programs integrate rigorous academic training and supervised field experience with a well-rounded education, thus providing our students with tools they need to be effective educators.

The Educator Preparation Program instills in our students an appreciation for the fulfillment derived from the teaching profession. This requires that St. Mary’s teacher certification candidates be committed to a profession wherein they can make a difference in the lives of young people.

Law School options

St. Mary’s has several options you should consider now to achieve your goals.

The Pre-law Program provides students with relevant information and opportunities to enhance their chances for admission to the law school of your choice.

The Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program offers advantages to motivated, talented students who plan to attend St. Mary’s School of Law and graduate in less time. This program is available to students in the following majors: Criminology, English, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Communications Studies.

The Guaranteed Law School Admission Program allows outstanding St. Mary’s graduates to receive guaranteed admission to the St. Mary’s School of Law if they meet certain conditions.

For more information about any of these law-related programs, contact Milo Colton, Ph.D., J.D. at 210-436-3519 or Sonia Garcia at sgarcia@stmarytx.edu or 210-431-2014.

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