Communication Studies


Your future in Communication Studies

Are you a good public speaker? Do you enjoy solving problems? Are you fascinated by how people communicate? Then pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies at the University of North Texas may be for you.

Communication Studies majors examine human communicative behavior and the symbolic processes through which humans interact. Many Communication Studies graduates pursue careers in:

  • Community relations
  • Consulting
  • Law
  • Management
  • Ministry
  • Organizational administration
  • Politics
  • Teaching

What we offer

Our rigorous course work equips you with the effective communication, critical thinking and problemsolving skills needed for success in today’s marketplace. While pursuing your degree, you will investigate communication in aesthetic, health, international, interpersonal, cultural, legal, organizational and political contexts. Opportunities to research topics such as gender and diversity, narrative and social change, politics and social influence are also available.

Communication Studies faculty members are dedicated to high-quality teaching and scholarship. Many have earned recognition for their contributions inside and outside the classroom. Our faculty members have collaborated on projects for the North Texas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

We offer numerous opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience and to meet other Communication Studies majors. Our department supports the UNT Debate Team, the Mu Alpha Chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta national honor society, the NCA Future Pros and the Performance Interest Group. The Debate team is consistently recognized as one of the state’s best and has students participate in the national meet.

Communication Studies majors have completed internships with:

  • Clear Channel Communications
  • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Red Bull Communications
  • The Richards Group

The department awards several scholarships to help you pursue your education.

What to expect

Upon completion of initial requirements for the degree, your course work may explore topics such as:

  • Communication and relational development
  • Communication in groups and organizations
  • Conflict management
  • Performance composition and methods
  • Storytelling
  • Rhetoric
  • Argumentation and debate
  • Communication and gender
  • Communication and diversity
  • Intercultural communication

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.