The Department of Communication has offered a wide variety of online courses for more than a decade and boasts a faculty with vast experience in delivery, instruction, methodology, and curriculum development. All of the department’s core courses (except for the practicum/internship, which does not require visits to campus) and many of our elective courses are regularly offered online.
Web-based instruction offers flexibility to working students, provides access to geographically distant students, and offers educational opportunities to individuals who are homebound for any number of reasons. Virtual classrooms - complete with streaming videos, discussion forums, wikis, blogs, and other interactive elements - give students the opportunity to become more active participants in their education. Current methodology and cutting edge technology are utilized as part of the Blackboard platform in the delivery of our courses.
You may wish to review the Department of Communication’s Online Handbook for more information about online instruction, including some of the differences between the virtual and traditional classroom.
Signing up for Online Courses
Online courses are available only to registered students. If you are interested in taking an online course but are not a registered student at UMSL, you must first apply for regular admission. Learn more about becoming a student at UMSL by following this link: http://www.umsl.edu/admissions/.
Accessing Online Courses
If you would like information on how to access the web-based courses using MyGateway, please visit one of the computer labs on campus. Alternatively, there is a comprehensive online tutorial available. Finally, the Department of Communication’s Online Handbook includes an overview of the most commonly used resources that faculty use in web-based courses.
Online Communication Courses Offered
Required Courses for a BA in Communication
1030 – Interpersonal Communication
1050 – Introduction to Mass Media
2231 – Communication in the Organizational
3330 – Research Methods I
3332 – Intercultural Communication
Elective Courses that may be applied to a BA in Communication
1000 – Effective Communication for College
1135 – Communication Theory
1150 – Introduction to Public Relations
2232 – Effective Communication in the Organization: Tools for Leadership
3150 – Crisis, Disaster and Risk Communication
3336 – Communication in Advertising
3337 – Male/Female Communication
3360 – Media and Health Communication
3361 – Interpersonal Health Communication
3370 – Social Media and Public Relations
3395 – Special Topics in Communication
3400 – Communication and Behavior
3410 – Nonverbal Communication
3500 – Dysfunctional Communication
3510 – Communication in Conflict
3520 – Communication Barriers I
3521 – Communication Barriers II
3600 –Communication and Families
3700 – Computer-Mediated Communication
4100 – Communication Campaigns