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About CMST

Diversity Panel 15Communication Studies majors have multiple interests and a passion for people. They like to think critically and creatively. They like to find solutions by working with others.  Communication Studies students study effective verbal and non-verbal communications. CMST courses cover many types of communication such as public speaking, organizational, interpersonal, persuasive and specialized types such as health, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion. Communication Studies prepares graduates for a broad range of careers such as law, public service/politics, management, sales, public health and special events.

Students in Communication Studies can expect to gain:

  • knowledge of the theoretical processes of human communication as well as practical tools to use communication to accomplish their goals
  • a broad background of communication concepts and principles
  • the ability to understand, critique, and conduct communication research
  • an understanding of communication theory
  • practical experience applying their knowledge of communication process in the program's four course core sequence focusing either on interpersonal or organizational communication
  • a faculty advisor to help choose a coherent set of courses from within the requirements, including participation in faculty research projects

A Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies will prepare you for advanced graduate study or careers in law, public service, management, sales, medicine, and education.

CMST also offers a minor in Communication Studies.


High School or Transfer Students wishing to apply:

Contact the School of Communication Studies

cmst@utk.edu