Program type:

Grad Track

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

Fast track your path to becoming a master of effective communication.
With a Bachelor's in communication studies, our students are able to master communication theories and research, enhance communication skills, and enhance preparation for a variety of different careers or for graduate study. As you progress through the Master's program, you'll use analytical, critical, qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore communication from applied and theoretical perspectives.

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Why Earn Combined Communication Studies Degrees?

The department offers a graduate Pathway program for high-achieving undergraduate students majoring in Communication Studies. This Pathway program offers the opportunity for outstanding students to advance their careers by pursuing the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a parallel and coordinated program. This combined degree program enables strong and motivated students to move more efficiently through their academic career, accelerating the timeline for earning both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. 

In this combined degree program, you'll investigate communication in aesthetic/creative, intercultural, interpersonal, legal, organizational, and political contexts. Opportunities to research gender and diversity, narrative and social change, popular media, health, sports, social influence, and other topics are available. 

The curriculum is designed to facilitate your mastery of theory and research, to develop your research capabilities, and to enhance your preparation for a variety of careers or further graduate study. This combined degree program is enhanced by opportunities to conduct research with faculty members, participate in regional and national festivals and professional conferences, and complete internships with corporations, social service organizations, and government agencies.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Multi-cultural/diversity competencies
  • Conflict management
  • Ethical communication
  • Teamwork
  • Advanced writing and documentation capabilities
  • Critically analyze and evaluate messages
  • Inclusive communication competencies
  • Conduct theory-driven research projects
  • Collaborative project management

Combined Communication Studies Degrees Highlights

Faculty members are dedicated to high-quality teaching and research, many having earned recognition for their contributions inside and outside the classroom.
Our department supports the UNT Debate Team, a student chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta national honor society, the NCA Future Pros organization and the Performance Interest Group.
You'll get to customize your degree by choosing an area of emphasis like Interpersonal/Digital/Organizational Communication, Performance Studies or Communication, Culture and Public Discourse.
You'll have opportunities to conduct research with faculty members using the Black Box Theatre and Performance Space, Communication and Social Influence Research Office, Communication Studies Library and Computer Mediated Communication Lab.
Opportunities to participate in regional and national festivals, professional conferences and internships may also be available.
Our program offers personalized student attention within a tight-knit community committed to developing the next generation of organizational, group, and community leaders.

What Can You Do With Combined Communication Studies Degrees?

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

  • Consulting
  • Corporate communication
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Non-profit administration
  • Public relations
  • Teaching

Combined Communication Studies Degrees Courses You Could Take

The Zombie as Rhetorical Figure (3 hrs)
Explores the rhetorical figure of the zombie, its cultural force, the way it is put into the service of different structural forces, and made to speak for certain causes. Attends to the zombie figure’s roots and circulation across film, television, graphic novels, other literature, and even scientific inquiry in order to track its meaning and uses.
Communication Theories of Sexuality (3 hrs)
Examines the ways in which sexuality is constituted through (public) discourses. Uses critical theories to investigate rhetorics that sustain multiple and intersecting sexual identities and gender performances, and apply to everyday experiences with popular culture. Topics addressed include the rhetorical construction and disciplining of heteronormativity, homonormativity, heterosexual and queer sexualities, as well as performances of masculinity and femininity.
Seminar in Health Communication (3 hrs)
Introduction of communication theories and approaches related to health care in interpersonal, organizational and mass communication settings.
Feminist Criticism (3 hrs)
Examination of research and theories of feminist criticism in communication studies focusing on themes, traditions and touchstones of gender communication from a critical perspective.
Race and Public Culture (3 hrs)
Studies the functionality of race in public culture. Introduction to core theoretical concepts related to critical race studies. An examination of case studies related to race, racialization and racism in public discourse in the United States.
Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)
Knowledge and skills designed to increase intercultural communication competence. Investigation into the ways in which culture interrelates with and affects communication processes. Examines affective, behavioral and cognitive processes involved in intercultural learning.

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