Communication Studies is a concentration
in the Speech & Theatre major
Communication Studies offers flexibility in career choices as well as the opportunity
for personal development. Courses stress developing strong interpersonal skills,
knowledge of diverse cultures, improved problem-solving abilities, and the ability
to work well in a group as both member and leader. Exciting opportunities in the program
include the Experiential Learning Scholars Program (EXL), the internship program,
and debate, which is open to all students.
The program in Communication Studies is designed to prepare students with practical,
broadly applicable life skills and knowledge. Students are taught how to interact
and react in many situations, and these skills are required in everyday life and in
every type of job. Students learn:
- Effective communication, including speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication
- Interpersonal communication
- Romantic relationship and sexual communication
- About diverse cultures and people
- How people behave in small groups
- Relationship research skills
- Advocating and debating on questions of fact, value, and policy
- Political campaign communication
- How to recognize and deal with persuasive messages
The concentration in Communication Studies requires 39 hours of coursework, and students
may choose to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
A Bachelor of Arts degree requires a foreign language proficiency equivalent to two years (12 hours) of
college-level coursework, and this must be in one language. MTSU offers foreign language
courses in Japanese, French, Spanish, Portugese, German, Arabic, and Chinese. To
meet B.A. requirements, students must select a foreign language, and take 2010 and
2020 or any course above the 2000 level. Students who are beginning a foreign language
may select either 1010/1020 or 1040 in that language, but these courses do not count
as part of the language requirement for the B.A. They will be electives.
To earn the B.A. degree, Communication Studies students must also choose a minor from
or from a list in the online catalog
A Bachelor of Science degree does not have a foreign language requirement, and students may choose any
minor which requires 15 hours or more.
Participation in campus activities like the Debate Team is encouraged. By joining
the Debate Team, students learn to apply analytical skills with research and experience
in public speaking. No experience is need to be on the Debate Team, and it is open
to all majors. For more information, contact the Debate Coach, Dr. Patrick Richey,
KUC 312, Patrick.Richey@mtsu.edu .
An internship is highly recommend. Internships allow students to apply information
from the classroom to real work situations. Internships help prepare students for
job interviews as well as give insights into what is expected in a work setting.
For information about internships, contact Dr. Kaylene Gebert by email at Kaylene.Gebert@mtsu.edu, phone: 615-898-5263, or by going to her office in the Honor's building, room 202.
Communication Studies is defined by the U. S. Department of Education as:
A program that focuses on the scientific, humanistic, and critical study of human
communication in a variety of formats, media, and contexts. Includes instruction in
the theory and practice of interpersonal, group, organizational, professional, and
intercultural communication; speaking and listening; verbal and nonverbal interaction;
rhetorical theory and criticism; performance studies; argumentation and persuasion;
technologically mediated communication; popular culture; and various contextual applications.
At MTSU, Communication Studies is a broad program that focuses on interpersonal communication, listening
and nonberbal communication, sexual communication, romantic relationship communication,
gender communication, small group communication, intercultural and diversity communication, rhetorical
theory and criticism, argumentation, and persuasion.