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Communication Studies (CMS) is the study of communication in relationships. These relationships can range anywhere from interpersonal to organizational. CMS majors are given the skills and knowledge they need to apply to a variety of career paths. Each student is encouraged to decide what that career path may be through internships, career exploration, and interaction with faculty.

Special programs in the Department of Communication Studies include internships, the departmental honors program, and research opportunities

Declare This Major

Current UT students interested in transferring to the Moody College of Communication may submit an internal transfer application, which is open every February (for summer/fall admission) and September (for spring admission). Visit the internal transfer website for the application and the dates of our internal transfer information sessions. Students must have attended an information session within the past year before they will be allowed to apply. Information session attendance is also required before a student may meet with the Internal Transfer Advisor.

To apply, students who are not already enrolled in the Moody College must submit an online application. Students are notified of the committee's decision in late May/early June (for summer/fall admission) or early January (for spring admission). Students accepted via Internal Transfer will not be allowed to change to a different Moody major, or add a second Moody major, afterward except by special permission of the Student Deans. Students must attend an information session before they can make an advising appointment with the Internal Transfer Advisor.

Students must have an overall UT GPA of at least 2.25 and a Communication GPA of at least 2.0 in order to be considered for an internal transfer into the college. Students who want to add a second major (or change their current second major) must have 30 hours in-residence and minimum UT and Communication GPAs of 2.75. Priority is given to applicants who have already successfully completed some CMS coursework.

Students who are not already enrolled in the Moody College of Communication may only apply to the Moody College twice, and these attempts must be completed within their first four long-semesters at UT. However, no student may apply to the Moody College during his/her first semester enrolled at UT.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View degree requirements and checklists to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. For additional information, view CMS course descriptions and syllabi.

Students should understand that although CMS courses are not in a specific sequence, students are only allowed to take nine CMS hours each semester. Students must plan to be a CMS major for no less than two and a half semesters in order to complete the requirements of the degree.


Communication Studies requires that a student choose a specific track to fulfill their requirements. Each track provides a student with a coherent grouping of courses, supported by a variety of courses he or she selects to complete degree requirements. Any track chosen from these offerings prepares a student for careers in corporate work, law, politics, teaching, counseling, or any job involving interaction with people. Students can choose from Corporate Communication, Human Relations, or Political Communication.

  • Corporate Communication is a specialization in Organizational Communication that focuses on communication between and among individuals and groups in organizations, including corporate, non-profit, and governmental organizations. Organizational Communication is the study of human interaction within complex organizations, including leadership and organizational behavior. Research projects among the faculty have focused on the process of understanding the effects of power, time, and sequence on messages, and how the understanding of others and communication with them occur over information and communication technologies.
  • Human Relations is a specialization in Interpersonal Communication and focuses on interaction in a variety of human relationships and cultures. This includes both verbal and nonverbal communication, face-to-face communication, and intercultural communication.
  • Political Communication is a specialization in Rhetorical Theory and focuses on communication in public settings, including political communication, persuasion, and argumentation theory.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Communication Studies majors are typically strong leaders, inquisitive, self-motivated, outspoken, and posses strong interpersonal skills.


  • Ability to work individually and in collaborative groups
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines