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Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 second edition, November 2014

Communication Program

Major(s)

Communication (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Arts

Admission requirements

All majors in the Department of Communication must satisfy the following requirements before they can be admitted to the program. 

  1. Complete a minimum of 59 credit hours.
  2. Complete the General Education Foundations courses.
  3. Have a combined grade point average (Missouri State and transfer) of 2.50 or higher or have a GPA of 2.75 for the last 30 hours of courses completed before applying for admission to the degree program.
  4. Complete COM 115, COM 209, and MED 120 with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  5. Complete any additional admission requirements for selected emphasis or major.
  6. Submit application for admission and receive approval by faculty advisor and Head of the Department of Communication.

A student must meet these requirements by the time he/she has completed 90 hours of courses (Missouri State and transfer) to be admitted to the program. No waiver of these requirements will be granted except that transfer students transferring 90 hours or more will be allowed one semester to complete the departmental core courses after transferring to Missouri State.

Program requirements

Students pursuing a second option in the BA and BS Communication degree (non-comprehensive) must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours not counted as requirements on any major option. The additional major option cannot be used to satisfy the requirement of a minor or additional major. 

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements: COM 115(3), MED 120(3)
  2. Major Requirements (33 hours)
    1. Theory and Method Core (9 hours): COM 209(3), 210(3), 350(3)
    2. Communication Practices Core (9 hours): COM 205(3), 315(3); 322(3) or 328(3). (One course may not be used to satisfy both the Communication Practices Core and Option Requirements.)
    3. Program Assessment (0 hours): COM 499(0)
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of COM 350(3). COM 495 and COM 322 are optional.
    5. Choose one of the following options:
      1. Communication Studies (15 hours): COM 325(3) or 326(3)*; 12 additional hours chosen from: COM 206(3), 307(3), 309(3); 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3)*; 332(3), 336(3), 360(3), 397(3)**, 405(3), 495(3), 506(3), 550(3), 566(3), 597(3)**; MED 580(3)
      2. Ethical Leadership (15 hours): COM 325(3) or 326(3); 436(3), 513(3); PHI 341(3) or 345(3); 3 additional hours chosen from: COM 206(3), 307(3), 332(3), 336(3); 360(3) or 512(3); 405(3), 495(3), 506(3), 566(3); PHI 302(3), 342(2), 513(3); PSY 355(3), 356(3); PSY 555(1) and 556(2); PLS 319(3); REL 370(3)
      3. Health Communication (15 hours): COM 206(3); 325(3) or 326(3); 507(3), 508(3); 3 additional hours chosen from: COM 390(3), 597(3)**
      4. Intercultural Communication and Diversity (15 hours): COM 325(3) or 326(3); 360(3), 512(3); 6 additional hours chosen from: COM 307(3), 390(3), 397(3)**, 405(3), 495(3), 513(3), 566(3), 597(3)**
      5. Interpersonal Communication (15 hours): COM 325(3) or 326(3); 332(3), 405(3), 506(3); 3 additional hours chosen from: COM 307(3), 360(3), 390(3), 495(3), 511(3), 513(3), 521(3)
      6. Organizational Communication (15 hours): COM 332(3), 336(3); 360(3) or 512(3); 436(3), 597(3)**
      7. Rhetoric (15 hours): COM 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3); 397(3)** or 597(3)**; 566(3); 3 additional hours chosen from: COM 397(3)**, 495(3), 513(3), 550(3), 597(3)** 

        *If both COM 325 and 326 are taken, all 6 hours may count toward the 15 hour requirement.

        **With advisor approval. No more than 3 total hours of COM 397 or 597 may be counted toward the 33 hours required.
  3. Minor Required (or second major)
  4. Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree - see Specific Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements section of catalog
  5. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Communication (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Admission requirements

All majors in the Department of Communication must satisfy the following requirements before they can be admitted to the program. 

  1. Complete a minimum of 59 credit hours.
  2. Complete the General Education Foundations courses.
  3. Have a combined grade point average (Missouri State and transfer) of 2.50 or higher or have a GPA of 2.75 for the last 30 hours of courses completed before applying for admission to the degree program.
  4. Complete COM 115, COM 209, and MED 120 with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  5. Complete any additional admission requirements for selected emphasis or major.
  6. Submit application for admission and receive approval by faculty advisor and Head of the Department of Communication.

A student must meet these requirements by the time he/she has completed 90 hours of courses (Missouri State and transfer) to be admitted to the program. No waiver of these requirements will be granted except that transfer students transferring 90 hours or more will be allowed one semester to complete the departmental core courses after transferring to Missouri State.

Program requirements

Students pursuing a second option in the BA and BS Communication degree (non-comprehensive) must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours not counted as requirements on any major option. The additional major option cannot be used to satisfy the requirement of a minor or additional major. 

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements: COM 115(3), MED 120(3)
  2. Major Requirements (33 hours)
    1. Theory and Method Core (9 hours): COM 209(3), 210(3), 350(3)
    2. Communication Practices Core (9 hours): COM 205(3), 315(3); 322(3) or 328(3). (One course may not be used to satisfy both the Communication Practices Core and Option Requirements.)
    3. Program Assessment (0 hours): COM 499(0)
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of COM 350(3). COM 495 and COM 322 are optional.
    5. Choose one of the following options:
      1. Communication Studies (15 hours): COM 325(3) or 326(3)*; 12 additional hours chosen from: COM 206(3), 307(3), 309(3); 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3)*; 332(3), 336(3), 360(3), 397(3)**, 405(3), 495(3), 506(3), 550(3), 566(3), 597(3)**; MED 580(3)
      2. Ethical Leadership (15 hours): COM 325(3) or 326(3); 436(3), 513(3); PHI 341(3) or 345(3); 3 additional hours chosen from: COM 206(3), 307(3), 332(3), 336(3); 360(3) or 512(3); 405(3), 495(3), 506(3), 566(3); PHI 302(3), 342(2), 513(3); PSY 355(3), 356(3); PSY 555(1) and 556(2); PLS 319(3); REL 370(3)
      3. Health Communication (15 hours): COM 206(3); 325(3) or 326(3); 507(3), 508(3); 3 additional hours chosen from: COM 390(3), 597(3)**
      4. Intercultural Communication and Diversity (15 hours): COM 325(3) or 326(3); 360(3), 512(3); 6 additional hours chosen from: COM 307(3), 390(3), 397(3)**, 405(3), 495(3), 513(3), 566(3), 597(3)**
      5. Interpersonal Communication (15 hours): COM 325(3) or 326(3); 332(3), 405(3), 506(3); 3 additional hours chosen from: COM 307(3), 360(3), 390(3), 495(3), 511(3), 513(3), 521(3)
      6. Organizational Communication (15 hours): COM 332(3), 336(3); 360(3) or 512(3); 436(3), 597(3)**
      7. Rhetoric (15 hours): COM 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3); 397(3)** or 597(3)**; 566(3); 3 additional hours chosen from: COM 397(3)**, 495(3), 513(3), 550(3), 597(3)**

        * If both COM 325 and 326 are taken, all 6 hours may count toward the 15 hour requirement. 

        **With advisor approval. No more than 3 total hours of COM 397 or 597 may be counted toward the 33 hours required.
  3. Minor Required (or second major)
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Minor(s)

Communication

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
  1. COM 209(3)
  2. 12 hours of COM elective courses (6 hours of which must be chosen from courses numbered 300 or higher) to bring total hours in minor to at least 15 hours.

A minimum of 9 credit hours not counted as requirements on any Department of Communication major or other Department of Communication minor is required for the completion of any minor in the Department of Communication.

Students with a BA or BS in Communication may not select any minor with the Department of Communication to meet their minor requirement.

Students with a BS in Public Relations may select the Ethical Leadership minor in the Department of Communication to fulfill their minor requirement.

Although a minor is not required for the BS in Socio-Political Communication or the BSED in Speech and Theatre Education, students may select the Ethical Leadership minor in the Department of Communication as an optional minor.

Accelerated master's degree in communication

Eligible undergraduate majors in the School of Communication Studies may apply for early admission to the Communication program during the second semester of their junior year.  Once accepted for early admission, students will be able to take up to 10 credit hours at the 600-700 level that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degree programs (Mixed Credit).  Students must enroll in COM 701 during the fall semester of their senior year as part of the accelerated program. 

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.