Communications Program

The Speech Program is focused on human communication with the capacity to inform and motivate others.  This emphasis on influence produces students who go on to become successful lawyers, teachers, business people, politicians and productive members of society.  Through the study of instrumental human symbolic interaction the individual becomes comfortable in interpersonal settings, proficient in public discourse and able to guide groups toward shared goals.

We enjoy working with complexity in the world and ask some of the fundamental questions about being a human being and what our impact can be in everyday life, professional settings, and the possibility for change in the world through communication. We have award winning faculty who enjoy serving in leadership roles at the national level, regularly giving presentations at the regional and national level, and enjoy conducting research, often coordinating with students. 

Our program combines traditional communication theory and connection with media that puts students in a competitive position to face the challenges of today’s evolving workplace in both complexity and the technological demands that impact communication at every level.

The department offers a co-curricular Speech and Debate program that trains TAMUK students, with or without prior experience, to engage students from other universities in communicative events.  All travel expenses are covered as our students learn and share with future colleagues around the country.

Why Study Communication?

Students who study communication are in a good position to be valued, hired, and to make a difference.

What Should a Graduate with a Communication Degree Know, Understand, and Be Able Do?

  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions

  • Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts

  • Engage in communication inquiry

  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context

  • Critically analyze messages

  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy)

  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices

  • Utilize communication to embrace difference

  • Influence public discourse

What Can You Do with a Communication Degree?

Best Jobs for Communications Majors by Salary Potential (Payscale Survey)

Students interested in a promising Communications degree can find two (2) tracks to choose from:

  1. Teaching Certification track

  2. General track (Bachelor's of Arts - Communications Speech)
    *All courses listed in the example degree plan should be found in the undergraduate catalog of 2016-2017:  Catalog of Courses

Professional Organizations

National Communication Association (NCA)

Western States Communication Association (WSCA)

Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA)

Southern States Communication Association (SSCA)

International Communication Association (ICA)

TAMUK Speech and Debate Team

Our collegiate Speech and Debate Team competes at the state, regional, and national level. Students who participate in Forensics have an opportunity to compete in one of the strongest divisions in the country. We also have a Pi Kappa Delta Chapter which is the oldest national collegiate forensic organization in the United States and an honor society. Members who participate in PKD have opportunities for service on campus and in the community, national recognition for academics, professional connections for networking, and opportunities for competition at the national level. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact our Director of Forensics- Dr. Lana McDonnell at

Social Media

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Forensics Links

Pi Kappa Delta (PKD)

Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA)

National Forensic Association (NFA)

American Forensic Association (AFA)

College Forensics Tournament Calendar and Resources

This page was last updated on: February 20, 2017