Welcome and Mission

Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Communication at Lamar University!

The Department of Communication opens the door for exciting careers in advertising, broadcasting, corporate communication, film, journalism and public relations. The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. Students build a variety of communication skills in areas such as interpersonal communication, communication theory, public speaking, oral interpretation and debate, and media writing.

Each student must complete a required 30-hour departmental core curriculum of 10 courses. Students complete 24 hours of additional courses in communication for their specific career interests. In addition to quality academic instruction, Lamar students have opportunity to participate in internships in a variety of work settings across the nation. Students may also gain real-world experience on the staff of KVLU-FM 91.3 member-supported public radio, or by working with Lamar's student-run television station, LUTV, which broadcasts a variety of student-created programming on local cable. Our award-winning student newspaper, the University Press, provides excellent opportunities for journalism majors. Our alums are busy everywhere in the media!

Student organizations like the Professional Communication Association, the Lamar Advertising Federation, the Lamar University Speech Team, the Southeast Texas Association of Black Journalists, Cures-n-Smiles, Cardinal Image Architects, the Fine Arts Film Society and the Lamar Filmmakers Association provide additional opportunities to develop skills and build friendships and networks. Students are encouraged to join the Press Club of Southeast Texas, a regional association of media and public relations professionals, and to submit and present papers at regional and national communication association conferences. Please contact us to learn more about the Department of Communication at Lamar University!

Dr. Natalie Tindall
Chair, Department of Communication
Lamar University

Mission Statement

The primary goals of the Department of Communication are to help develop and nurture strong and effective communication skills in students while at the same time providing an education in the five career-based tracks which the department offers. The five communication and media-related tracks offered by the department include advertising, broadcasting, corporate communication (including public relations), film and digital imaging, and journalism. We feel it is important that students receive both theory and practical application in both the general communication classes and the classes that relate to each track.