Department of Communication and Media


Location: 100 Communication Building, Phone: (409) 880-8153

Interim Chair:  Dr. Tony DeMars, tdemars@lamar.edu

The Department of Communication and Media offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication for students interested in the study of—and careers in—advertising, broadcasting, communication studies, film studies, journalism, and public relations. 

A new student beginning study at Lamar University must meet all admission requirements of Lamar University. Transfer students or students who wish to enter the Department of Communication and Media programs by change of major must meet the same requirements or hold a minimum grade point average of 2.00 or better. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree in the department of communication requires a major GPA of 2.0 or better. Some classes individually require a C or better to pass. Those classes are identified as such in their descriptions or the pre-requisite statement for the next class in the sequence.

Programs of Study

All majors in the department must complete the basic core curriculum requirements of Lamar University as their academic foundation coursework. The student’s advisor will provide direction to the student concerning departmental requirements within the core curriculum when course choices are available to meet the university’s core curriculum requirements. Within the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Communication, students may specialize in one of the following areas:

For more information, contact the Department of Communication & Media at communication@lamar.edu or 409-880-8153

Bachelor of Science in Communication–120 hours

The bachelor’s degree program in communication prepares students for careers in advertising, broadcasting, film, journalism, or public relations and requires each student to complete a REQUIRED departmental core curriculum of ten courses (30 hours). Required classes for the departmental core curriculum include COMM 1307, 1311, 1318, 1373, and a capstone; nine hours of communication theory courses; and six hours of communication performance courses. This program serves as an appropriate curriculum for those who wish to have a career as a communication practitioner or pursue professional or graduate studies.


Communication Minor

A total of 18 hours of communication courses are required for a minor, of which nine hours must be upper level. A minimum 2.0 gpa is required of all minor courses in order to successfully earn the minor in communication.

Required courses: COMM 1307 or COMM 1311 and COMM 1318 or 1373, and 12 other COMMUNICATION hours selected by the student with the approval of the Department of Communication and Media advisor; nine of which are upper level. The chosen courses should reflect the enhancement of the student’s career plans or other life goals.