In survey after survey, effective communication is listed by employers as one of the most important attributes any prospective employee might have.
The Department of Communication offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students who major in Communication may choose one of three specialization areas: Organizational and Leadership Communication, Public and Media Communication, or Texas State Teacher Certification in Speech Communication.
Areas of specialization in the Communication degree:
Organizational and Leadership Communication - This major enables students to study the processes used to analyze the communication needs of organizations and social interaction, including the design of training to improve communication in the organization and corporate settings. The study of leadership communication examines the ways in which theory, technology, and practice can be used (or abused), and the ways in which leaders have performed and can perform at optimum levels - inspiring, empowering, managing and creating - in corporations, government and non-governmental organizations.
Public and Media Communication - This major area reflects the trend in which organizations have merged the functions of public relations, advertising, marketing communication, fund-raising, recruitment, lobbying, and related endeavors. Public communication is the study of how to strategically communicate information to many segments of society, including consumers, government officials, community organizations, employees, investors and the media. Students will learn how to frame messages and communication strategies in ways that mutually benefit their organizations and the public. This major prepares students to deal with an organization's reputation, its role as an advocate, and its use of persusasive communication. All organizations, public and private, must maintain effective relationships with a wide variety of groups and individuals. These relationships require thoughtful use of print and spoken word.
Teacher Certification in Speech Communication - Students desiring secondary certification to teach speech communication in Texas may major in communication and complete the reequirements for high school teaching fields.
Courses - Click to view a list of courses available through the Department of Communication.
Co-curricular Activities In addition to classroom instruction, the department sponsors extracurricular activities in forensics (speech and debate) through the Student Speaker Bureau. Students may audition for positions, and scholarships are available. Students also attend various communication conferences.
Beyond the Classroom Speech students participate in Student Speaker Bureau, a performance and competition group. The Yellow Jacket, HPU's award-winning student newspaper, provides opportunities for students to strengthen their writing, editing, and design skills.
Honors Program Communication majors may choose to apply for admission to the Academy of Freedom multidisciplinary honors program. Providing an innovative approach to the academic program, the Academy enables students to combine their specialized major with coursework grounded in an understanding of the American free enterprise system. Through advanced study in such areas political science, history, psychology, and sociology, students gain a better understanding of their role in today's society. Challenging projects enable students to hone their research and writing skills for further study in graduate school.
Scholarships Scholarships are available specifically for students in the Department of Communication. Additional scholarships, grants, and loans are available through the university’s financial aid program
For more information, contact
Dr. Julie Welker, Professor of Communication
1000 Fisk Street
Brownwood, TX 76801
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Phone - 325-649-8508
Mrs. Kim Bryant, Associate Professor of Communication
1000 Fisk Street
Brownwood, TX 76801
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Phone - 325-649-8113