Communication Studies

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Curriculum emphasizes ethical and philosophical relationships of the individual to society.

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SMU's award-winning debate program provides solid preparation for developing the student's voice.

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Access to outstanding hands-on experiences includes working the Republican and Democratic national conventions, consulting with boards of nonprofit organizations and participating in international travel programs.

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Students can network with executives from Dallas-area companies through SMU’s PRSSA chapter.

Dallas Resources

Dallas: A communicator's paradise.

Dallas has a lot more to offer than professional sports (Go Cowboys, Mavs and Stars!), world-class shopping (NorthPark, the Galleria, the Design District and more) and restaurants for every taste (Tex-Mex, barbecue, Indian, European and more). Dallas is also a top-five media market and home to numerous Fortune 500 companies. The Division of Communication Studies works closely with an advisory board of individuals from companies and organizations such as Celanese, Kimberly-Clark, Wells Fargo Bank, Levenson & Brinker Public Relations and more.  Forbes magazine lists Dallas in the top ten of its “Best Places for Business and Careers.”  Add in the nation’s largest urban arts district, complete with world-class museums and architecture, and you have a city that is rich with opportunities for motivated communication students.

Business and internship opportunities are booming in Dallas.

Communication Studies students can network with the pros from Dallas-area companies through SMU’s PRSSA chapter. Visiting industry professionals come to campus and share stories about life in the corporate, nonprofit and political worlds, and offer advice on how to forge a communications career. Internship opportunities in Dallas are plentiful for ambitious students; recent internships have been held at Southwest Airlines, Burson-Marstellar, PepsiCo and more.

Mustangs in the community

Students can take their classroom learning beyond the campus and get “real-world” experience in the community. Debate students in the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance program mentor at-risk students in local high schools, helping them build confidence through public speaking and debate competitions. Students involved in the SMU Mustangconsulting agency work directly with boards of non-profits in Dallas.  

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Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Undergraduate Studies

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Mock Trial and Debate

Dallas Resources

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