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 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 two 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 in communication at the public school Texas Southern University, which is also roughly two miles from downtown Houston.
- The University of St. Thomas, a private university with a religious affiliation, has a communication minor and bachelor's and master's degree programs. The campus is situated about two miles from central Houston.
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 2017)||45,364*||10,237*||3,168*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Annual Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)|| $9,706 in-state;
| $9,173 in-state;
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)||85%*||94%*||94%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||61%*||67%*||81%*|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2016-2017)||85% full-time*||57% full-time*||85% full-time*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Starting classes in 2011)||54%*||23%*||57%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Houston (UH)
This university offers 109 undergraduate majors and minors and 105 master's degrees. 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.
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 three core communication courses with an additional three 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 three of seven 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 two required courses that explore personal relationships in society and media's impact on society. 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: organizational/corporate communication, health communication, integrated communication, advertising, journalism, media production, media studies, public relations, and interpersonal communication. Regardless of choice, all communication majors take core classes in communication law and mass communications in society.
Master of Arts in Communication
Part of the admission requirements for this program includes 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, and health 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)
The School of Communication was founded in 1975. Programs are available in speech communication, radio/TV/film, entertainment, journalism, and recording industry management.
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication
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
Students in this master's degree will explore communication topics like the theory of communication, graduate research and advanced research methods. A six-credit graduate practicum will also be required. Students will be placed in a media internship.
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 will complete classes in public speaking, mass media, ethics in media, rhetorical theory and communication theory.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Students may choose one of three concentration areas in this program: journalism and public relations, radio and television, and communication studies. The entire degree requires the completion 126 credits. Major curriculum topics include public speaking, mass communication law and an internship in communication. Coursework in the areas of concentration includes feature writing, TV production, broadcast programming and the impact of media on society.
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 minor in speech communication.