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Bornigia Takes Fear Out of Public Speaking

Bornigia Takes Fear Out of Public Speaking

In front of an audience, Dr. Livia Bornigia, assistant professor of communication, encourages students to own their space. After all, your audience is only going to notice something went wrong if you behave as if something is wrong. Read more

The Communication Department at the University of St. Thomas educates students from both a professional and theoretical approach, combining theories of communication with practical application. The coursework has a strong liberal arts foundation, which combines classroom education with real-world experience.

A sample of the wide variety of offerings at UST includes the following:

  • Newswriting and reporting
  • Feature writing
  • News editing
  • Public relations
  • Investigative reporting
  • Radio production
  • TV production
  • Persuasion
  • Media ethics
  • Public speaking

All communication majors are required to participate in internships. The centralized location of UST near downtown, the Texas Medical Center and the Galleria makes it ideal to pursue positions with local media, business and nonprofit organizations, including broadcast stations NBC 2, CBS 11, ABC 13 and FOX 26; Univision; Telemundo; Clear Channel radio stations; local sports teams; Shell Oil and the Children’s Museum.

Additionally, there are major-specific opportunities for communication majors through the Service-Learning Program. One such experience is the Innocence Investigations in which students participate in interviewing and investigating potentially wrongfully imprisoned Texans.

Communication, B.A.


Popular Joint Majors
Catholic Studies, Drama, English, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Philosophy and Political Science

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What can I do with this major?

Please contact the Communication Department for scholarship information.

Dr. Robin N. Williamson, Chair

Dr. Livia Bornigia 
Prof. John W. Butler
Prof. Nicole Casarez

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