The Journal of Communication ranked UMSL’s faculty fifth in the nation for scholarly activity among all universities offering communication degrees.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is a strong yet flexible degree plan. Students are furnished with a background in communication theory and research. The communication degree program may be tailored to meet personal, professional or academic goals via the selection of elective course work in such areas as interpersonal, organizational and mass communication, public relations, research methods and special topics courses.
Students may elect to emphasize one or more of these components by selecting elective communication courses on the topic. Alternatively, students may seek a more balanced program by completing communication classes in several different areas. In addition, the undergraduate program provides a stout foundation for those seeking to pursue graduate work.
Since almost all faculty members are engaged actively in research, students benefit from first-hand knowledge not currently offered at other institutions. Many faculty members have been recognized for excellence or innovation in teaching. No other program in the St. Louis area offers a mainstream, quantitative behavioral science approach to the study of communication.
The faculty members who teach and conduct research in the Department of Communication have earned their degrees from some of the most respected institutions in the discipline. Nearly all faculty members actively pursue research agendas, involve students in their research and share their findings in the classes they teach. Although faculty members will typically publish their research in academic journals, students often learn the results before the study is published or presented at national, international or regional conferences.
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The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Founded in 1963, we enroll nearly 17,000 students, and we are home to more than 1,400 faculty members.