BA Four-Year Degree Plan: Communication Studies

Suggested course sequencing: 15 semester hours is recommended; however, many students attend summer school or transfer high school dual enrollment. 

This degree program can be completed in eight semesters. (All statements in this document concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes and subject to change. Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with advisees sharing in the responsibility.)

Check out the class schedule before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the 2020-21 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
General Education - The Arts 3
General Education - Cultural Competence 3
General Education - Life Sciences 4
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
3
General Education - Social & Behavioral Science 3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
COM 205 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Skills 3
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education - Physical Sciences 3
General Education - Social & Behavioral Science 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM 210 Communication Research Methods 3
COM 315 Advanced Speaking in Professional Settings 3
General Education - Writing II 3
HST 104 World History since 1600 C.E. 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
COM 322 Introduction to Argumentation
or COM 328 Persuasion
3
COM 336 or other listed COM elective 3
Fine Arts I 3
Language I 3
Minor Elective 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM 325 Nonverbal Communication
or COM 326 Effective Listening
3
COM 350 The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications 3
Fine Arts II 3
Language II 3
Minor Elective 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
COM 332 or other listed COM elective 3
COM 405 or other listed COM elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
Language III 3
Minor Elective 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM 495 or other listed COM elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
Language IV 3
Minor Elective 3
Minor Elective 3
Total hours15
Degree plan last reviewed 10-12-2020.

This is a non-comprehensive major requiring a minor or second major.