Students majoring in communication must complete a minimum of 36 credit-hours in communication courses. Students may complete either a general communication degree or they may select one of four different emphasis areas as a focus for their studies: Interpersonal Communication, Mass Communication, Applied Visual Communication, or Strategic Communication. To complete the degree with one of these emphases, the student must complete the 21 credit-hour core and at least 15 hours of electives from within the selected emphasis area. In addition, the skills and knowledge applied in the required Practicum/Internship should be consistent with the selected emphasis area. Students seeking a general communication degree must complete the 21 credit-hour core and can select elective courses from any combination of the emphasis areas.
General Education Requirements
Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. The college's foreign language requirement may be taken in any language. Communication courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
At least 18 credit hours must be taken at UMSL. Furthermore, at least 12 credit hours of the communication courses completed must be numbered 3000-4999 for students seeking a general communication degree, as well as for students pursuing an emphasis area. All students must earn a C or better in each of the required core courses of the major and maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all of the courses applied to the communication degree.
|COMM 1030||Interpersonal Communication I (MOTR COMM 120)||3|
|COMM 1050||Introduction to Mass Communication||3|
|COMM 2231||Communication in the Organization||3|
|COMM 2332||Intercultural Communication||3|
|COMM 2235||Professional Communication||3|
|COMM 3330||Research Methods in Communication I||3|
|COMM 4920||Practicum in Applied Communication||3|
|or COMM 4950||Internship in Applied Communication|
Emphasis Area Requirements
The Mass Communication emphasis area focuses on the effects of mass media and the processes through which users create, distribute, and interpret these messages. 15 credits are needed.
Up to six credit hours of Special Topics Courses, Directed Readings courses, and Supervised Research courses offered by the Communication and Media Department can be applied to the emphasis area if the specific topic of the course is relevant to the emphasis area.
|Choose five of the following courses:|
|Introduction to Cinema|
|Introduction to Health Communication|
|Media Law and Regulation|
|Global Media Systems and Trends|
|Advanced Health Communication|
|Seminar in Fundamental Communication Theory|
|Seminar in Fundamental Mass Communication Theory|