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|
- Able to effectively and correctly apply a broad range of communication theories in a variety of contexts
- Logical and critical thinkers who can evaluate and interpret data effectively to become mindful (critical) media/information consumers
- Aware of differences across groups in order to adapt communication strategies and to facilitate perspective taking including intercultural competence and global awareness among others
- Able to analyze and apply appropriate interpersonal skills relevant to a wide variety of situations and audiences
- Able to produce high quality communication, be able to adapt it to a variety of professional environments, and evolve with changing technologies
Sample Four Year Plan
|INTDSC 10031||1||EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3|
|ENGL 1100||3||EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|CORE - Mathematics Proficiency||3||EXPLORE - Humanits and Fine Arts||3|
|CORE - US History & Government||3||EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|COMM 1030||3||COMM 2231||3|
|EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3||EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|CORE - Information Literacy||3||EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|Foreign Language 1001||5||Foreign Language 1002||5|
|COMM 2235||3||COMM 2332||3|
|ENGL 3100||3||COMM 3000+ level elective||6|
|Foreign Language 2101||3||Elective or minor||9|
|Elective or minor||3|
|Cultural Diversity Course||3|
|COMM Elective||6||COMM 4950 or 4920||3|
|Elective or minor||9||COMM Elective||3|
|Elective or minor||10|
|Total Hours: 120|
INTDSC 1003 is required only for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 college credits.
Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.