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  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACT or SAT test is optional for prospective students applying for Fall 2020 to join the St. Mary’s University freshmen class of 2024.

Communication Studies at St. Mary’s

The Communication Studies programs prepare graduates for success in areas such as public relations, organizational and business communication, media production, social media, law, community advocacy, politics, strategic communication, journalism and video production.

More than persuasive leaders and successful peacemakers, we want our graduates to be productive and ethical members of society.

What sets this program apart:

  • Access to and classes taught in dedicated Mac Lab
  • Experiential learning opportunities through the university newspaper and athletics broadcasting
  • Participation in internships
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Focus on the Marianist traditions of integrity and community service

Our engaged faculty offer a variety of co-curricular activities, such as academic research and publishing, a magazine launch, broadcasting opportunities, producing the campus newspaper, video production, service learning with local not-for-profits and participating in our honor society and local organizations.

Degree Plans

Our degree plans allow students to gain general skills and knowledge desired by the communications industry. Students may customize their experiences to follow tracks focused on pre-law advocacy and leadership, organizational and corporate communication, media production and writing and teaching through specific courses, such as media law, advocacy and persuasion, rhetorical criticism, persuasive writing, health communication, gender communication, public relations, crisis and disaster communication, social media, business writing, technical writing, media writing and reporting, video production, graphic design, and media production.

Advanced Communication Studies juniors and seniors may pursue a 12-hour certificate of graduate study, as a part of their undergraduate degree plan, focused on the traditions and strengths of St. Mary’s University in policy, public service, communication, and community leadership to advance the public interest in the 21st century.

Communication Studies students interested in attending graduate school may also be interested in:

Communication Studies Classes

Students study business and professional communication, interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, mass communication and intercultural communication.

The program curriculum is grounded in the theory and application of communication, including organizational, rhetorical, interpersonal, and mediated approaches.

Sample courses:

  • Graphic Design
  • Media Production
  • Persuasion and Advocacy
  • Media Law and Ethics

Find all course descriptions and requirements:

Teacher Certification

Students can choose the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Teacher Certification to become certified to teach in Texas secondary schools.

All of our teacher certification programs integrate rigorous academic training and supervised field experience with a well-rounded education. Students graduate with the tools they need to be effective educators.

We instill an appreciation for the fulfillment derived from teaching in all of our students.

Law School Options

For more information about any of these law-related programs, please see the School of Law Admission section.

Career Outcomes

Students whom have majored in Communication Studies have launched a variety of extraordinary careers with organizations such as San Antonio Spurs, Rackspace, USAA, Bromley Communications, and San Antonio Express-News as strategic communicators, web designers, public relations officers, event planners and journalists.

Learn more about the Communication Studies Program

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