BS Four-Year Degree Plan

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
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
General Education - Humanities 3
General Education - Public Issues 3
General Education - Social & Behavioral Science 3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory 3
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 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
COM 322 Introduction to Argumentation 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
General Education - Writing II 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
COM 328 Persuasion 3
COM 332 Small Group Communication 3
COM 350 The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications 3
JRN 407 or other listed COM elective 3
PLS 316 or other listed COM elective 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM 360 or other listed COM elective 3
COM 379 Writing for Public Relations 3
COM 552 Communication Technology and Politics 3
COM 554 Presidential Rhetoric 3
MED 454 or other listed COM elective 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
COM 550 Political Communication 3
COM (or any) elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM (or any) elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
COM (or any) elective 3
Total hours15
Degree plan last reviewed 10-13-2020.

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