As we venture into the 21st Century, the role of communication continues to be a vital and integral part of the university's educational mission. Today, more than 800 students concentrate their studies within the three departments that are part of the new configuration of the University: The College of Communication. Degree programs are available in Journalism, Speech Communication, and Radio-TV-Film. The academic programs of the college exact an appropriate balance between professional training and liberal arts studies. Personal counseling and relatively small classes allow the faculty to give attention to the work of each student.
Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Journalism, Radio-Television-Film, or Speech communication. (The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of sophomore-level foreign language).
Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Speech Communication, Radio-Television-Film, or Journalism.
The College of Communication and M.J. Neeley School of Business offer a combined degree in Journalism, Radio-TV-Film, or Speech and a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). The Three-Two Program, as it is called, takes five years to complete.
Students interested in the program spend the first three years in the College of Communication completing the University Curriculum Requirements (including MATH 1283) and meeting the requirements of their major field. During the third year of study, application is made to the MBA program. To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed, or anticipate completing by the end of the third year, a minimum of 100 hours in non-business courses and finished all major requirements and core requirements. Applicants must submit the usual application materials, including scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and must present above-average academic records.
If admitted, a student enters the MBA phase of the Three-Two program in the fourth year of study at TCU. The first year of the MBA, comprising of 24 credit hours, meets the minor requirements of the undergraduate degree. After successful completion of the first year of the MBA program, the student may petition the Dean of the College of Communication to be awarded the undergraduate degree.
The following applies to all students majoring in the College of Communication with the exception of Journalism. Students who wish to pursue an additional major in the college must satisfy all degree requirements of the additional major, including courses specified in the UCR as particular to that degree and major.
Students who wish to pursue an additional degree in another college, if additional majors are permitted in that college, must complete all degree requirements for each major, including courses specified in the UCR as particular to each degree and major.
Students outside the College of Communication whose home college permits an additional major in the College of Communication must complete all degree requirements for the additional major, including courses specified in the UCR for that particular degree and major.
Journalism majors must consult with the department as to acceptable additional majors administered in or outside of the College of Communication.
Department of Journalism
(Periodical design emphasis)
Department of Radio-TV-Film
Leadership and Organizational Communication
Interpersonal and Group Communication
Business and Professional Speaking
Communication Theory and Research
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.
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 must be met by a 3 credit hour course in U.S. Historical Studies
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.
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