Houston Communication Programs
Individuals wanting to study communication have numerous options in Houston, TX, and the surrounding area. Find out about the required courses for programs at three universities, and then look over a table of facts and figures about each school. Information about a couple of other area colleges is included as well.
- Students interested in attending a large, public, research university with undergraduate and graduate options in communication can consider the University of Houston, which is located around five miles from the city center. The school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the field as well as multiple minor options.
- Those looking to attend a historically black institution can find bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a minor program in communication at the public school Texas Southern University, which is also roughly five miles from downtown Houston.
- The University of St. Thomas, a private university with a religious affiliation, has communication bachelor's and master's degree programs. The campus is situated about three miles from central Houston.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Mass Communication Studies
- Speech Communications and Rhetoric
Comparison of Schools
The tuition costs and enrollment numbers vary a great deal among the profiled universities. Use this table to compare these and other factors that might affect your education decision.
|University of Houston||Texas Southern University||University of St. Thomas|
|School Type||Public, 4-year university||Public, 4-year university||Private, non-profit, 4-year university|
|Total Enrollment (in 2014)||40,914*||9,233*||3,448*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Annual Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|| $8,759 in-state;
| $8,726 in-state;
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014)||83%*||96%*||94%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||63%*||52%*||79%*|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2013-2014)||86% full-time*||53% full-time*||88% full-time*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Starting classes in 2008)||48%*||16%*||52%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Houston (UH)
Students can find UH's communication programs at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, which is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Of the 13 colleges that make up UH, this college is the largest.
Minor in Corporate Communication
This program teaches communication techniques that are valuable in corporate, nonprofit, and public service work settings. Students in this minor must complete 2 core communication courses with an additional 12 COMM electives required.
Minor in Health Communication
Students who want to complete this program must earn 18 credits. Classes in mass communications, communication philosophies, and health communication are required. Students then choose 3 of 6 approved elective courses, which may cover health practitioner-patient communication, healthcare media platforms, and emergency communication techniques.
Minor in Interpersonal Communication
The courses included in this program may help students learn to communicate with individuals and groups of people. All students complete 2 required courses that explore personal relationships in society and persuasive communication and influence. Students must also complete 12 additional hours from a set of possible elective choices.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
This program offers a wealth of concentration options: advertising, corporate communication, health communication, integrated communication, interpersonal communication, journalism, media production, media studies, and public relations. Regardless of choice, all communication majors take core classes in mass communications in society, communication philosophies, research methods, and communication law.
Master of Arts in Communication
Part of the admission requirements for this program include having a bachelor's degree in the student's chosen communication specialty or at least 18 college credits in the field. Students can pick from concentrations in mass communication studies, public relations studies, health communication studies, and speech communication. Additionally, students choose between a thesis and a non-thesis option; the thesis option requires 30 credits of coursework, while the non-thesis option requires 36 credits and a comprehensive exam.
Texas Southern University (TSU)
TSU is made up of 10 colleges and schools. The School of Communication houses programs in speech communication, entertainment, journalism, and telecommunications. All students enrolled in programs in the communication school are required to complete internships.
Minor in Communicative Arts and Sciences
Of the 22 credits needed to complete this minor, 16 come from required courses taken by all students in this program. These classes may cover ways of improving communication abilities, public speaking, and personal relations. The remaining 6 credits are earned through approved elective courses.
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication
Students must earn 120 credits to complete this program. All communication students complete core classes that cover communication principles, writing, and computer skills. Some of the required speech communication classes may teach students about communication between different cultures, healthcare communication distribution, and influential communication.
Master of Arts in Communication
Among other admission requirements, at least 21 college credits related to speech communication or mass communication are necessary to be eligible for this program. Students can opt to concentrate in 5 different areas of concentration ranging from 33 to 36 credit hours required. Students also choose between a thesis and a non-thesis option.
University of St. Thomas (UST)
UST is the only Catholic university in Houston. It's divided into 4 schools, including the School of Arts and Sciences. This school contains the Communication Department where students can find communications programs. All students in this department are required to complete internships.
Minor in Communication
Completion of 18 credits is necessary to earn this minor. All students in this program must complete 2 classes in public speaking and mass media. The program also gives students the option to choose 1 of the following 3 classes: rhetorical dimensions of the media, media ethics, and communication theory. An additional 9 credits of communication electives round out the program requirements.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Students choose 1 of 3 concentration areas in this program: communication studies, radio/TV, or journalism/public relations. No matter which concentration area is chosen, students must complete 18 credits of core classes in areas of rhetoric, personal communication, mass media fundamentals, and communication principles. Students in the communication studies track may also learn about group communication, media in society, influential communication, and debate. A total of 126 credits is necessary to complete this program.
Master in Liberal Arts - Communication
Admission into this program requires that applicants have a bachelor's degree in any field. Students who complete a research paper or project must complete 30 credits to earn this degree, while those who don't complete a paper or project must complete 36 credits. The concentration area requires at least 18 credits of coursework. For the communication concentration, these credits may be earned through classes like media morals, legal aspects of mass communication, and silent communication.
There are a few other options for communication programs in Houston and nearby. At the Central College campus of Houston Community College, students can earn an associate's degree in various communication specialties. Also in town is UH - Downtown, and 26 miles southeast of the city center is UH - Clear Lake; both schools award bachelor's degrees in communication. Lastly, Houston Baptist University, about 15 miles southwest of downtown, has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication program.