(Periodical design emphasis)
Department of Radio-TV-Film
Leadership and Organizational Communication
Interpersonal and Group Communication
Business and Professional Speaking
Communication Theory and Research
Organization and Program
The College is organized into three departments offering nine major fields of concentration. The departments provide professional training in vocational fields for students planning careers and serious advocational training for those who wish to attain artistic ability without professional intent.
Requirements for Graduation
Students should request a degree plan from the Office of the Dean at the end of the sophomore or the beginning of the junior year. The "Intent to Graduate" form, available from the Office of the Dean, should be completed no later than a semester preceding expected graduation.
Approval of the department chairman is required in contract form for all non-traditional courses, i.e., special problems, independent study, research problems, etc.
Beyond the studies specified for each major, the bachelor's degree is built on the 47-semester-hour University Curriculum Requirements that apply to all University graduates.
The University Curriculum Requirements (UCR)
I. Foundations: 9 credit hours
A. The Writing Requirement: 6 credit hours and the Writing Emphasis Experience
1. Writing Workshop: 6 credit hoursB. Mathematics: 3 credit hours
2. Writing Emphasis Experience
1. Religion Studies: 3 credit hours minimumD. Language and Literature: 6 credit hours minimum, 9 hours maximum
2. Historical Studies: 3 credit hour minimum
3. Critical Inquiry: 3 credit hours minimum
4. Fine Arts: 3 credit hours minimum
1. Foreign Language: 6 credit hours minimum
2. Oral Communication and Literature: 6 credit hours minimum
a. Oral Communication: 3 credit hours minimum
b. Literature: 3 credit hours minimum
Note: No more than 6 hours may be taken in a given department.
III. Physical Education: 2 credit hours
Note: At least one credit hour must be a Health Concepts Course
Transfer Credit. Students wishing to take courses at another institution, following their admission to Texas Christian University, must secure approval through the Office of the Dean of the College of Communication before enrolling in them.
Pass/No Credit Policy. Courses applied toward any major in the College of Communication may not be taken on the P/NC basis.
Dual Degree Program with the Universidad de Las Americas (Puebla, Mexico)
The purpose of this program is to allow students from UDLA in Puebla Mexico and students from TCU in Fort Worth to earn dual degrees through a shared program of both institutes. Students enrolled in these universities will take courses at both the home and host institutions to fulfill the requirements toward a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, which will be awarded concurrently from both institutions. The B.S./B.A. degree from TCU is awarded in the following degree plans: Radio-Television-Film, International Communication (Journalism) and Speech Communication. The B.A. in Communication Science is the degree awarded by UDLA upon completion of the program. Approval from the Office of the Dean of Communication is required before enrolling into this program.
BA or BS in Int'l Comm, RTVF, or SPCO from TCU and BA in Comm Science from UDLA2.5 GPA (must maintain a 2.5 to complete program) Good Standing Language Proficiency (Brigham Young written/Oral Screening)
Licenciatura from UDLA in Communication Sciences and a BA or BS in Int'l Comm, RTVF, or SPCO from TCU. (May pursue a minor in Journalism from TCU.) UDLA students are NOT eligible for BA from UDLA: admissions: 8.5 GPA, good standing, and language proficiency (TOEFL 550/Oral Screening)
General Requirements (All Students)
1.Students are advised to spend the 3rd - 6th semester at host institution. The last 2 semesters must be taken at home campus.
2.All TCU students must fulfill TCU's UCR and UDLA students must complete UDLA's general studies requirement. These requirements may be satisfied at either institution.
3.Visiting students must complete a minimum of 60 hours (TCU) OF 16 COURSES (UDLA) IN MAJOR (with grade of C or better), minor, or UCR/Gen Studies for dual degree.
4.124 semester hours at TCU is equal to 248 unidades at UDLA.
5.As required by the home institution, UDLA students earning the Licenciature, must complete community service and write a thesis. TCU students earning a BA from UDLA are not required to do community service or write a thesis.
6.Students are eligible for Honors as stipulated at host institution.
1. For BA in Communication Science from UDLA,TCU students must pass the minimum number of hours required by UDLA for appropriate degree.
1.Must take 60 semester hours at TCU in major, minor, or UCR
2.Upon completion of program at UDLA, students will satisfy minimum number of semester hours required by BA or BS at TCU.
3.Students must satisfy requirements stipulated by degree plan chosen.
Fraternities and Sororities
Kappa Tau Alpha (Journalism Honor Society)
Speech Honor Society
Society of Professional Journalists
Women in Communications, Inc.
American Advertising Federation
Public Relations Student Society of America
National Association of Black Journalists