Career Opportunities

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communications
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Relations
  • Training and Development
  • Technical Writer


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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is intended to expose students to mainstream communication research and theory while allowing the student to emphasize his or her specific area of interest. After completing the core requirements, students may tailor their course selection to meet their personal aspirations and career goals. Selecting Communication as a major is recommended for students interested in interdisciplinary fields such as organizational communication, mass communication, information science, public relations, marketing, advertising, training and development, as well as other fields heavily influenced by the need for effective communication strategies and skills.

The goals of the program are to help students learn to communicate competently and effectively in a variety of contexts and mediums. In addition, students are able to develop a strong foundation in the theory and research underlying effective communication. At the conclusion of the program, students are able to demonstrate their competence through the internship and practicum requirements.

The Communication BA requires a minimum of 36 semester hours in Communication courses. At least 18 of these must be taken at UMSL. In addition, at least 12 semester hours of the Communication courses completed must be numbered 3000-4999. The college's foreign language requirement may be taken in any language.

Core Course Requirements (18 hours)
COMM 1030 Interpersonal Communication I 3
COMM 1050 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COMM 2231 Communication in the Organization 3
COMM 3330 Research Methods in Communication I 3
COMM 3332 Intercultural Communication 3
COMM 4920 or COMM 4950 Practicum in Applied Communication or Internship in Applied Communication 3

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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