Communication

Major(s)

Communication (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Arts

Admission requirements

  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 and COM 209 with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  5. 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 they have 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.

Major requirements (36 hours):

Major core (21 hours):

Note: three hours may double count in General Education requirements.

  1. Specific General Education requirement: COM 115(3).
  2. Theory and method core (9 hours): COM 209(3), 210(3), 350(3).
  3. 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.)
  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of COM 350(3). COM 495 and COM 322 are optional.
  5. Minor required (or second major).
  6. Specific Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
Complete one of the following options:
Communication Studies option (15 hours):
  1. COM 325(3) or 326(3)*
  2. 12 additional hours from: COM 206(3), 307(3), 309(3); 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3)*; 332(3), 336(3), 360(3), 379(3), 397(3)**, 405(3), 495(3), 506(3), 550(3), 566(3), 597(3)**; MED 580(3).
Intercultural Communication and Diversity option (15 hours):
  1. COM 325(3) or 326(3); 360(3), 512(3).
  2.  Six additional hours from: COM 307(3), 390(3), 397(3)**, 405(3), 495(3), 513(3), 566(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.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Communication (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Admission requirements

  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 and COM 209 with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  5. 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 they have 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.

Major requirements (36 hours):

Major core (21 hours):

Note: three hours may double count in General Education requirements.

  1. Specific General Education requirement: COM 115(3).
  2. Theory and method core (9 hours): COM 209(3), 210(3), 350(3).
  3. 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.)
  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of COM 350(3). COM 495 and COM 322 are optional.
  5. Minor required (or second major).
Complete one of the following options:
Communication Studies option (15 hours):
  1. COM 325(3) or 326(3)*.
  2. 12 additional hours from: COM 206(3), 307(3), 309(3); 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3)*; 332(3), 336(3), 360(3), 379(3), 397(3)**, 405(3), 495(3), 506(3), 550(3), 566(3), 597(3)**; MED 580(3).
Intercultural Communication and Diversity option (15 hours):
  1. COM 325(3) or 326(3); 360(3), 512(3).
  2. Six additional hours from: COM 307(3), 390(3), 397(3)**, 405(3), 495(3), 513(3), 566(3), 597(3)**.
    * If both COM 325 and 326 are taken, all six hours may count toward the 15 hour requirement.
    **With advisor approval. No more than three total hours of COM 397 or 597 may be counted toward the 36 hours required.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Minor(s)

Communication

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
  1. COM 209(3).
  2. 12 hours of COM elective courses (six hours of which must be chosen from courses numbered 300 or higher) to bring total to at least 15 hours. COM 115 or transfer equivalent cannot be used to satisfy the 12 hours of COM electives in this minor.

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 graduate program in Communication

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Communication program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.

Accelerated graduate program in Professional Studies

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Master of Professional Studies program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.