Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in communication studies, 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 120 hours of coursework.

This is a comprehensive major and does not require a minor or second major.

Communication Studies (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Major requirements (60 hours):

Note: six hours may double count in General Education requirements.

  1. Specific General Education requirements: COM 115(3), 260(3).
  2. Communication Core (12 hours): COM 205(3), 209(3), 210(3), 350(3).
  3. Communication Electives (24 hours) from: COM 206(3), 307(3), 309(3), 315(3), 321(3), 322(3), 325(3), 326(3), 328(3), 332(3), 336(3), 338(3), 360(3), 368(3), 379(3), 390(3), 397(1-3), 405(3), 406(3), 408(3), 410(3), 412(3), 413(3), 423(3), 436(3), 437(3), 439(3), 450(3), 452(3), 454(3), 459(3), 466(3), 468(3), 469(3), 479(3), 494(3)*, 495(3)*, 496(3)*, 509(3), 521(3), 597(3).
  4. Secondary Area of Study (18 hours): Because of the diverse, fluid, and rapidly changing character of our networked era demands unprecedented flexibility in educational opportunities for students, students may select upper-division courses that best support their goals in consultation with an advisor. These 18 hours may be in satisfaction of Plan A or Plan B.
    1. Plan A: A concentration of at least 18 upper-division hours in a single area of study outside the discipline of communication.
    2. Plan B: A coherent combination of at least 18 upper-division hours in no more than three areas of study. No more than 9 hours of communication courses may be used to satisfy Plan B.
  5. Public Affairs Capstone Experience: COM 322(3) or COM 350(3) or COM 495(3).
  6. No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement within the Communication Studies major.
  7. Note: students majoring in Communication Studies cannot complete a minor administered within the Department of Communication.

    * May count up to a combined six hours of COM 494, 495, or 496 toward the Communication Electives.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Accelerated graduate program in Communication

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Communication program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.

Accelerated graduate program in Professional Studies

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Master of Professional Studies program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.