Communication Studies Undergraduate Program

Why major in communication studies at Missouri State?

  • You will learn through experience with internship and service-learning opportunities that promote community involvement while providing vital job skills.

  • Our program strengthens your verbal and written communication skills, which are in high demand by employers.

The primary areas of study within the communication studies program include the following:

  • Interpersonal communication and public speaking
  • Intercultural communication and health
  • Nonverbal communication and listening 
  • Small group and organizational communication
  • Interpersonal communication, family communication and gender
  • Rhetorical studies and public speaking

For a more detailed outline of the classes required for the communication studies program, please review the advising sheet.

Degree options


Customize your studies through one of two degree types.


Ease your transfer process.

Accelerated master's

Begin graduate course work as you finish your bachelor's degree.

Career options

While a degree in communication studies provides a foundation of knowledge and skills appropriate to a wide range of professions, you will need to consider carefully how you can tailor your broad education to specific jobs and industries. Internships, volunteer experience, elective courses and complementary majors or minors can play a pivotal role in your preparation for various careers.

A communication studies degree prepares you for careers in the following areas:

Arts management

Counseling and social services


Graduate study

Health care management

Human resources

Law enforcement


Marketing, advertising and public relations


Nonprofit administration.


Speech writing

Training and development

Volunteer recruitment and management


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