Missouri State University

Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in communication, you must meet the below requirements to be eligible for graduation. Also, you must complete the general education program, fulfill the general baccalaureate degree requirements and complete at least 125 hours of coursework.

Both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree in communication are non-comprehensive degree programs that require the completion of a minor or second major. Visit the Courses Offered by Department page for complete course listings and descriptions.

Communication (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Arts

Program requirements

  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

Program requirements

  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