Introduction 3/2 B.A., B.S./MBA Program in Business


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 1,000 students concentrate their studies within one school and two departments housed in The College of Communication. Degree programs are available in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, 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.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in The Schieffer School of Journalism, Radio-Television-Film, or Communication Studies.

Students pursuing a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete a minimum of 124 semester hours, 42 of which must be advanced (30000 level or above) from TCU, with a major and a minor selected from the approved list of majors and minors. The specific number of hours required for the major and minor may be found in the appropriate section of this Bulletin.

In addition, students must complete the TCU Core Curriculum (TCU CC) described elsewhere in this Bulletin.

Foreign Language Requirement. All students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Communication must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to the completion of one of the following:

Fourth Semester College French (FREN 20063)
Fourth Semester College German (GERM 20063
Fourth Semester College Greek (GREE 20063)(Hellenistic)
Fourth Semester College Italian (ITAL 20063)
Fourth Semester College Japanese (JAPN 20063)
Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 20203)

This requirement may be satisfied by either satisfactory completion of coursework taken at or transferred to TCU or by presenting satisfactory scores on recognized standardized tests (i.e., AP, CLEP or SAT II). Required scores on standardized tests may be found in the Credit by Exam booklet available from the Office of Admissions. For languages not currently taught at TCU, six semester hours at the sophomore-level, transferred to TCU from another accredited institution, may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students may also provide evidence of competency in the non-English language by successfully completing one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 hours of credit.

Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Communication Studies, Radio-Television-Film, or the Schieffer School of Journalism.

3/2 B.A., B.S./MBA Program in Business

The College of Communication and M.J. Neeley School of Business offer a combined degree in The Schieffer School of Journalism, Radio-TV-Film, or Communication Studies 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 Core Curriculum requirements (including MATH 10283) 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.

Multiple Majors

The following applies to all students majoring in the College of Communication with the exception of The Schieffer School 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 Core Curriculum 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 Core Curriculum 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 Core Curriculum for that particular degree and major.

Majors in the Schieffer School of Journalism must consult with the department as to acceptable additional majors administered in or outside of the College of Communication.


Schieffer School of Journalism
News Editorial
-- Photojournalism emphasis
-- Newspaper/Magazine emphasis
-- Periodical design emphasis

Advertising/Public Relations
Broadcast Journalism
International Communication

Department of Radio-TV-Film

Department of Communication Studies
Leadership and Organizational Communication
Interpersonal and Group Communication
Communication Skills
Business and Professional Speaking
Public Speaking
Persuasive Speaking
Communication Theory and Research

Organization and Program

The College is organized into one school and two departments offering nine major fields of concentration. Each 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 when the student has completed 54 hours. The "Intent to Graduate" form, available from the Office of the Dean, should be filed when 88 hours of course credit have been completed.

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 Core Curriculum that apply to all University graduates.

The Core Curriculum

All majors must complete the Core Curriculum requirements as described elsewhere in this catalog. Information about the Core Curriculum can be found at the following website:

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. The College of Communication adheres to the University policy regarding transfer credit.

Pass/No Credit Policy. Students majoring in the College of Communication may take up to 9 hours as Pass/No Credit to apply towards the degree. Courses taken for the major or minor in the College of Communication MUST be taken for a letter grade.

Student Organizations

Fraternities and Sororities
Kappa Tau Alpha (Journalism Honor Society)

Student Film Association
Speech Honor Society

Professional Organizations
Society of Professional Journalists
Women in Communications, Inc.
American Advertising Federation
Public Relations Student Society of America
National Association of Black Journalists

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