Strategic Communication

(BS, MS)

The Strategic Communication major prepares students to think and act as professionals and ethical citizens in a global community. It also helps students develop competencies that prepare them for professional employment and advanced studies. The goal of the Department is to create skilled professional communicators who understand their social, legal and ethical responsibility in a rapidly changing media landscape that connects societies around the world. A rigorous curriculum challenges students to not only communicate to diverse audiences in a free society through critical thinking, analytical writing and compelling presentation but also evaluate its effectiveness.

Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication

The Bachelor of Science with a major in strategic communication requires 124 hours with 40 hours in strategic communication. All strategic communication majors must complete the two gateway courses STCO 23113 (Advertising) and STCO 23123 (Public Relations) with a C (2.0) or higher and have a combined 2.5 GPA and must have completed MATH 10043 or INSC 20153 (or equivalent) with a C- or higher before enrolling in other required courses for the major. Strategic communication majors also must complete STCO 11103; STCO 16103; STCO 32403, STCO 35503, STCO 46403 or STCO 47403; STCO 45413 or STCO 47533; STCO 31423, 35413, 36403, or 41423; STCO 40901; STCO 48813, STCO 48823 or STCO 48833. No course applied to the student’s major or associated requirement may be taken on a pass/no-credit basis. All skills courses must be taken sequentially. A minor or second major in a discipline selected by the student and approved by a strategic communication adviser must be completed. Students must fulfill the requirements as prescribed by the department in which the minor or second major is taken. As an alternative, an area of emphasis consisting of 18 hours in a discipline selected by the student and approved by a strategic communication adviser may be completed.

Master of Science in Strategic Communication

This degree is designed for working strategic communication professionals seeking to broaden their understanding of strategic communication theories and skills in strategy, research, storytelling, new media and leadership. Students will take a blend of advertising and public relations courses that enable them to compete in today’s digital and global world.

An applicant who does not meet the admission requirements must take up to 15 semester hours of undergraduate journalism, advertising, or public relations courses that will not count toward the graduate degree. The Department of Strategic Communication graduate faculty will determine the number of semester hours needed.

The Master of Science in Strategic Communication require 36 hours.

All Strategic Communication graduate students take the following core courses: STCO 50123, STCO 50183, STCO 60113, STCO 60133, STCO 60123, and STCO 60183

Students may select up to 18 hours of strategic communication courses that best fit their career needs. With special permission from the graduate director, up to 6 approved graduate hours may be taken outside the Department of Strategic Communication.

Students may choose one of two tracks for graduation.
The project track requires 33 hours of coursework and 3 hours of project. For TCU Certified Public Communicator graduates, and with permission from the graduate director, the project track requires 27 hours of coursework and 3 hours of project. The project is completed during the semester prior to graduation. Students who do a project apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in their graduate coursework to solve an applied, contemporary problem or issue.

The thesis track requires 30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis. For TCU Certified Public Communicator graduates, and with permission from the graduate director, the thesis track requires 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis. The thesis takes two semesters to complete and involves a research project. Graduate students who are thinking of going on to earn a Ph.D. typically elect for the thesis track.