Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Communication Studies (Teacher Certification in Speech, Grades Seven through Twelve)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. The core courses required of all Communication Studies students are COMM 1310, COMM 2315, COMM 2330, COMM 2338, COMM 3301 and COMM 3302.
  4. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA. A GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grade below a “C”.
  5. In addition to the major and minor requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses through the College of Education. All coursework must be completed prior to EDST 4681.
  6. For transfer students, 12 semester credit hours in Communications (or equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Communications Field of Study (FOS) and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communication Studies at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list. In the case where there is no Texas State University course number equivalent to a TCCN number, an elective will be counted.
    COMM 1310Fundamentals of Human Communication3
    TCCN: SPCH 1311
    COMM 2338Public Speaking3
    TCCN: SPCH 1315
    COMM 2315Interpersonal Communication3
    TCCN: SPCH 1318
    COMM Elective3
    TCCN: SPCH 1321
    Total Hours12
  7. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  8. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements

COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
Mathematics Component Code 020 select one from:3
US 11001
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
COMM 23153
COMM 23383
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)3
COMM 23303
American History Component Code 0606
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0306
Modern Language 14104
Modern Language 14204
COMM Advanced Elective3
COMM 33013
COMM 33023
COMM 33453
CI 33253
Choose one of the following:3
CI 43323
BA ENG Literature3
Modern Language 23103
BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science3
COMM Advanced Elective3
Free Elective3
COMM 43103
Modern Language 23203
CI 43433
CI 43703
RDG 33233
EDST 46816
Free Electives3
Total Hours: 120