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2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Communication


The Department of Communication
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Mission Statement

Within the framework of academic freedom, the Department of Communication is committed to quality teaching guided by the goals and outcomes approved for every degree program offered within the department. As faculty, we are committed to guiding students toward the achievement of course goals and student outcomes through a strong theoretical approach appropriately applied through practical hands-on experiences. We recognize the link between research, scholarship and creative activities and encourage student collaboration. Our commitment to our students is to teach appropriate skills, but even more so to produce analytical, creative and responsible individuals. We view education as a collaborative effort between teacher and student, as we seek to learn from and inspire one another in the pursuit of life-long learning. Ultimately, it is our desire to prepare our graduates for successful employment in a variety of communication fields and to empower them to become productive members of society.


Students entering the University of Central Missouri to pursue a degree in Communication Studies B.S. or Digital Media Production B.S. should indicate their intentions to become a major of one of these programs at the time of their first enrollment. Each of the programs has degree-specific admission requirements. See information about each of the degrees for those requirements.

Course Work

  1. A student may not graduate with a degree in a communication major in which the grade of record for any required communication course is an F. The student must receive a grade of C or better in the following courses if required in their major or minor program of study: ENGL 1020 ; ENGL 1030 , CTE 3060 , or ENGL 1080 ; COMM 1000 ; COMM 1200 ; COMM 1520 ; COMM 2100 ; COMM 3100 ; COMM 4500 ; PR 2620 ; PR 3610  and PR 3620 . A maximum of six semester hours may be counted towards a degree where the student receives a D for communication courses not on the list above. These reflect departmental minimums. Each degree program may have additional graduation requirements.
  2. Course substitutions for catalog requirements may be made only upon approval of the program faculty advisor or department chair.
  3. Some production or writing courses require participation in activities outside of the class meeting hours. Students should be prepared to participate in these activities that sometimes include assignments in conjunction with the campus media.
  4. Some lecture courses require attendance at departmental colloquia and/or other University presentations. Students should be prepared to participate in these assignments as a part of their degree program.

An option in Speech Communication and Theatre is offered: Secondary Education, BSE (41-695) - Speech Communication and Theatre Option (E362)