B.A. Communication Studies

Students in the program enter law school after completing their third year of undergraduate study. Students' first year of law school will complete the final 30 hours of the undergraduate program. Listed are the requirements for the Nelson Wolff Early Law Admission with a B.A. in Speech Communication.

St. Mary’s University Core 1
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection:Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice:Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community & Civilization3
School of Humanities and Social Sciences School Specific Core
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition 23
Rhetoric and Composition
Select one of the following:
Mathematical Logic for the Humanities
Mathematical Topics in the Social Sciences
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus for Business
Calculus I
Foreign Languages6
Select one of the following:
6 hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year
6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit
History/Social Science3
Any HS courses
Fundamentals of Business Enterprise
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Adjudication of Social Issues
Introductory Macroeconomic Theory
Introductory Microeconomic Theory
Organizational Behavior
American National Government
Texas State & Local Government
Introduction to Global Affairs
General Psychology
Human Factors
Introductory Sociology
Social Issues
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Perspectives and Themes in Social Science
Select one of the following:
General Biology for Non-Majors
General Biology for Non-Majors
Food & Nutrition I
Food & Nutrition II
Preparatory Chemistry
Chem Concepts & Applications
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
General Geology
Geology of Earth Resources
Geology of Energy Resources
Intro. Environmental Science
Physics Concepts & Application
Modern Astronomy
General Physics I
General Physics II
Select one of the following:
Advanced Theology TH 33XX/43XX
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Fine Arts3
Select one course from AR, DM, MU
Select any EN 23XX literature course
Communication Studies Major Courses
CM 1351Introduction to Communication Studies3
CM 3352Survey of Communication Theory3
CM 4350Senior Capstone in Communication Studies3
CM 4394Communication Research Methods3
CM 5390Internship in Communication Studies3
or CM 5391 Internship in Communication Studies
Select five advanced Communication Studies Courses SE 33XX/43XX from the following:15
Interpersonal Communication
Cases in Organizational Communication
Business Writing
Group Communication
Topics in Communication Theory
Survey of Mass Communication
Gender Communication
Health Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Special Studies in Communication
Organizational Communication
Persuasion and Advocacy
Special Topics in Communication Studies
Select five elective courses from any discipline: Sociology, Criminology, Political Science, Economics, or International Relations, or any minor.3
Law Courses
LW 6201Legal Research & Writing I2
LW 6280Property II2
LW 6275Torts II2
LW 6311Property I3
LW 6341Criminal Law3
LW 6375Torts I3
LW 6440Constitutional Law4
LW 6477Federal Civil Procedure I4
LW 6601Legal Research & Writing II2
LW 6641Contracts II2
LW 6741Contracts I3
Proficiency in Information Technology and Information Literacy
For this major, this requirement will be completed with CM 4350.
Total Semester Hours123

This is a recommended degree plan subject to changes. Please meet with your adviser on a regular basis.

First Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 13XX 3History/Social Science3
CM 13413Mathematics3
EN 13113Foreign Language3
Foreign Language3CM 13513
ND 01010 
 15 15
Second Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
CM 33523Advanced Communication Studies Course3
Advanced Communication Studies Course3Advanced Communication Studies Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 23XX3SMC 43013
SMC 23XX3Fine Arts3
Advanced Theology3CM 43503
CM 43943CM 53903
Advanced Communication Studies Course3Advanced Communication Studies Course3
General Elective3 
 18 15
Fourth Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
LW 63113LW 62802
LW 64774LW 66412
LW 67413LW 62752
LW 63753LW 64404
LW 62012LW 63413
 LW 66012
 15 15
Total Semester Hours 123