BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The socio-political communication degree may be easily completed in four years or eight semesters. However, the four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. Please remember that course availability are subject to change, so consult with your advisor when scheduling your classes.

Suggested course sequencing: 15 – 18 semester hours is recommended; however, many students attend summer school or transfer high school dual enrollment. You will apply for admission to the degree program after your third semester.

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.)

*Save artifacts for assessment portfolio: COM 300; COM 315; COM 322; COM 328; COM 332; COM 350; COM 360; COM 379; COM 439; COM 550; COM 580; PLS 316

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall) Fall 2018 Catalog Year

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

Second semester (spring)

Total hours16
COM 100 Introduction to Majors in Communication 1
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
General Education - Social & Behavioral Science 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education - Culture and Society - Humanities 3

Third semester (fall)

Total hours15
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory 3
General Education - Natural World 3
General Education - Public Issues 3
COM 322 Introduction to Argumentation 3

Fourth semester (spring)

Total hours15
COM 210 Communication Research Methods 3
COM 315 Advanced Speaking in Professional Settings 3
General Education - Social & Behavioral Science 3
COM 328 Persuasion 3
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 3

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours15
COM 332 Small Group Communication 3
COM 350 The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications 3
PLS 316 Political Parties, Elections and Interest Groups 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours15
COM 360 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 3
COM 379 Writing for Public Relations 3
MED 454 Media Analysis and Criticism 3
Writing II 3
Elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours15
JRN 407 Media Law 3
COM 554 Presidential Rhetoric 3
Minor elective 3
COM 550 Political Communication 3
Elective 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours14-16
COM 499 Program Assessment 0
COM 300 Professional Development in Communication 1
COM 397 Topics in Communication 1-3
COM 552 Communication Technology & Politics 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Degree plan last reviewed 06-19-2018.

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