Communication Studies

Communication Studies
The Communication Studies major teaches students the oral, written and visual communication skills employers desire while emphasizing argument, theory, research and collaborative work.

Students are encouraged to learn to think critically about communication in a variety of organizational, group, interpersonal and mediated contexts through coursework designed to move them toward practical engagement with real-world problems of culture, identity, conflict and technological change.

A degree in communications can lead to a variety of career paths, since the ability to effectively communicate your ideas to others is a vital part of any job. Unlike other communication programs, Texas Lutheran University combines Communication Studies with the English department in order to offer an innovative approach to the discipline. At TLU, you can study the anti-heroes of classic literature one day, and explore new approaches to social media the next. Students are also given real-world opportunities to work on projects and network with the community during their time on campus. Our communication program places an emphasis on real-world skills through the study and mastery of language. 

The Communication Studies major introduces students to the process of communicating, including the symbolic and informational nature of messages themselves and the cultural and experiential process by which people learn to share meaning in the communicative situation. The major teaches students a variety of theories of communication and insists that the students be able to apply those theories to the analysis and practice of everyday communication situations from the family to the international arena, from the Internet to the silver screen and from the corporation to the classroom. A Communication Studies major will be able to not only understand, but also to skillfully adapt to these diverse communication environments.

Major in Communication Studies for a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree

Customize your bachelor’s degree in communications with a specialization in:

  • Media Organization Management: rhetoric & leadership, professional communication, journalism
  • Entertainment Studies/Journalism: media studies, rhetoric & leadership, journalism
  • Cultural Studies: rhetoric & leadership, media studies, culture & identity
  • Nonprofit Leadership: rhetoric & leadership, professional communication, culture & identity
  • Technology & Culture: media studies, journalism, culture & identity

Minor in Communication Studies

Communication Studies Faculty

Steven Vrooman

Professor, Department Chair

Robin Bisha

Professor, Honors Director

Christopher Bollinger

Assoc. Professor

Ryan Davidson

Asst. Professor

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Careers in Communications

The department teaches students to be intelligent producers and consumers of messages. This approach gives students mental training and habits that will be beneficial to those wishing to enter the fields of:

  • Journalism
  • Media production
  • Teaching
  • Technological services
  • Law
  • Public relations
  • Publishing

Graduate Studies in Communications

Students who wish to pursue graduate studies will be prepared for most programs in the humanities, including:

  • Communication
  • Cultural studies
  • Mass communication
  • Justice studies
  • Ethnic studies
  • Gender studies
  • Ministry