Communication BA

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

Required Courses
COMM 1030Interpersonal Communication I (MOTR COMM 120)3
COMM 1050Introduction to Mass Communication3
COMM 2231Communication in the Organization3
COMM 2332Intercultural Communication3
COMM 2235Professional Communication3
COMM 3330Research Methods in Communication I3
COMM 4920Practicum in Applied Communication3
or COMM 4950 Internship in Applied Communication
Total Hours21

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
ENGL 11003EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3EXPLORE - Humanits and Fine Arts3
CORE - US History & Government3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
COMM 10303COMM 22313
COMM 10503 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
CORE - Information Literacy3EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
Foreign Language 10015Foreign Language 10025
COMM 22353COMM 23323
 14 14
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 31003COMM 3000+ level elective6
Foreign Language 21013Elective or minor9
Elective or minor3 
COMM 33303 
Cultural Diversity Course3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM Elective6COMM 4950 or 49203
Elective or minor9COMM Elective3
  Elective or minor10
 15 16
Total Hours: 120

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.