Communication Studies

Communication Studies Undergraduate Program

Degree Requirements

1.    Complete a minimum of 120 hours

2.    Complete the University Core Curriculum (42 hours) with a grade equivalent to "C" or better in each course

3.    Complete a minimum of 42 upper-division hours

4.    Complete the Communication Studies Core (18hrs) during your tenure at UT Tyler. These courses include: CMST 1311, CMST 1315, CMST 2310, CMST 2318, CMST 4315, and CMST 4320

5.    Choose one upper division research methods course (3hours) from CMST 3310 or CMST 3311

6.    Complete 18 upper-division hours within the Communication Studies program

7.    Complete a minor of at least 18hours

8.    Complete at least 24 of the last 30 semester credit hours in residence at UT Tyler

9.    A minimum grade of “C” in all Communication Studies courses


University Core Curriculum (42hrs)

Required Core Communication Courses (18hrs) 

CMST 1311 Introduction to Communication Studies
CMST 1315 Introduction to Public Speaking
CMST 2310 Introduction to Research Methods
CMST 2318 Interpersonal Communication
CMST 4315 Organizational Communication
CMST 4320              Communication Theory


Choice Core Communication Courses (3hrs)   

CMST 3310 Quantitative Research Methods
CMST 3311              Qualitative Research Methods


Additional Communication Studies Courses (18hrs)

CMST 2313 Global Health Communication
CMST 2320 Nonverbal Communication
CMST 2335 Argumentation and Debate
CMST 3314 Patient Provider Communication
CMST 3315 Lying and Deception
CMST 3321 Small Group Communication
CMST 3324 Public Health Communication
CMST 3325 Persuasive Communication
CMST 3340 Speech Activities
CMST 3345 Crisis Communication
CMST 3350 Risk Communication
CMST 3355 Communication and Personal Relationships
CMST 4160 Special Topics
CMST 4199-4699     Independent Study
CMST 4260 Special Topics
CMST 4310 Family Communication
CMST 4319 Interpersonal Health Communication
CMST 4326 Advanced Public Speaking
CMST 4327 Contemporary Rhetoric
CMST 4330 Interviewing
CMST 4331 Intercultural Communication
CMST 4333 Religious Communication
CMST4334 Political Communication
CMST 4344 Media Ecology
CMST 4360 Topics in Communication
CMST 4370 Undergraduate Internship Program


Electives sufficient to meet university requirements.

Minor: At least 18 hrs. in any single related discipline to be chosen in consultation with the student's major advisor. The Communication Studies program offers a minor in the field or in Health Communication

B.A. Option: Twelve to 14 hours of an approved foreign language: The student may also complete this requirement by passing a written examination approved by the foreign language faculty.

B.S. Option: Six hours of mathematics, science, economics, geography and/or computer science, in addition to those otherwise counted as lower-division preparation. These six hours may be taken at the lower- or upper-division.

As always, be sure to visit the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office and your faculty advisor within the program.