• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $349.70
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $930.00

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.

Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. The college's foreign language requirement may be taken in any language. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in Communication courses. At least 18 of these must be taken at UMSL. Furthermore, at least 12 semester hours of the Communication courses completed must be numbered 3000-4999. All students must complete the required courses and earn a C or better in all communication courses applied to the degree.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Courses

Core
  • COMM 1030Interpersonal Communication I3 Credits

    Introduction to the theories of interpersonal communication. Emphasis on basic principles involved in one-to-one interactions.

  • COMM 1050Introduction to Mass Communication3 Credits

    Introduction to oral, print, and electronic media of communication, including emerging digital formats. The course covers the major theories of mass communication effects as well as the social, organizational, economic, political, and technological factors that shape the creation and reception of mass media messages.

  • COMM 2231Communication in the Organization3 Credits

    Course integrates communication theories applicable to the structure and function of organizations. The effect of communication variables on departmental interface, member satisfaction and motivation, leadership and subordinate styles, and perception of the organization by the external environment.

  • COMM 3330Research Methods in Communication I3 Credits

    Introduction to the fundamental tools of quantitative research in communication. Focus of the course is on reading and comprehending communication research reports rather than conducting quantitative research.

  • COMM 3332Intercultural Communication3 Credits

    Study of culture as a variable in both interpersonal and collective communicative situations. Emphasis upon opportunities and problems arising from similarities or differences in communication patterns, processes, and codes among various cultural groups.

  • COMM 4920 Practicum in Applied Communication3 Credits
  • or COMM 4950Internship in Applied Communication3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $412.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1236.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $930.00
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $992.30
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2790.00
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $2976.90
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $524.55
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $586.85
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1573.65
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1760.55
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $412.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1236.00
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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