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Communication Studies

Bachelor of Science Degree

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The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important skills an individual can possess in this era of rapid informational and technological change.

Our Mission

Communication Studies is committed to preparing graduates to communicate effectively and excel at examining the role of messages in various types of human relationships, organizations, cultures, and social institutions. We are committed to promoting life-long learning by preparing graduates who have developed their ability to think critically; speak and write exceptionally; analyze and interpret messages thoughtfully; and creatively craft and present messages through a variety of mediums.

Our Program

The UCM Communication Studies degree program represents the most contemporary educational trend in preparing professionals in the rapidly changing field of communication across media, contexts, channels, and cultures. This major emphasizes providing students with nationally demanded communication-related skills, consistent with placement requirements for entry level positions in a variety of industries. The modern organization seeks the "knowledge worker" who is valued for their aptitude to move from entry level competencies to life-long relational competencies. Thus, the program is inclusive and complimentary to related areas such as digital media, sociology and public relations.

Our major is highly customizable, allowing students the opportunity to create a program that reflects the skills and content interests of the student. Our major prepares students for professional life in areas such as: communication manager, consultant, client relations, social media coordinator, non-profit management, mediator, recruiter, trainer, etc.; and is a perfect pre-professional degree for students seeking continued education in law; seminary; or graduate level communication programs.

In addition, understanding messages provides students with skills for life; to manage a variety of relational settings including: family, work, friends, and community.

The program includes communication courses that span the discipline, and includes a 15-hour emphasis in one of three areas:

  • Consultancy students develop expertise in assessment, relationship building, and training for professional settings.
  • Social Influence and Media focuses on the use of verbal and nonverbal persuasion in and among relational, group, presentation, and media contexts.
  • Relational applies the practice of communication to individual, interpersonal, and intercultural contexts and uses the life cycle to integrate diverse applications of gender, race, and age differences.

The flexibility of our program offers students the time to take several elective courses. We highly encourage students to take courses which augment knowledge and skills related to the industry area students are looking to seek employment within.

From Student to Professional

Students are encouraged to take a part in unique co-curricular activities. Some opportunities offered for our students include:

Dale Carnegie Certification: Dale Carnegie, arguably UCM's most famous Alum, continues to enhance his legacy of common sense communication in the digital age. This Certificate provides the communication studies graduate with an efficient means to create career placement and advancement advantages and provides a desired set of communication competencies in a manageable timeframe.

Talking Mules: Our nationally competitive speech/debate team allows students to compete in a variety of debate and individual events. The team travels regionally, nationally, and even internationally. Each year select members of the team travel to Great Britain to compete for the Montgomery Cup.

Internships: Internship programs are maintained by faculty and provide students with professional experience in a diversity of industries, including: health care services, media outlets, political campaigns and for-profit and non-profit business organizations.

Study Abroad: The flexibility of our program encourages students to engage in the life enhancing experience of studying in a different culture. We have relationships with communication programs across the globe and our students have studied throughout Europe, Mexico and the Asia-Pacific region.

Student Organizations: Organizations open to students include: International Association of Business Communicators, the National Broadcasting Association, Public Relations Student Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists, Pi Kappa Delta and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Faculty

There are 20 full-time faculty members in the Department of Communication and Sociology with scholarly and/or work experience in their areas of specialization. Graduate assistants complement the programs as teachers and assistants.

To Learn More

Department of Communication and Sociology
660-543-4840

Admissions
660-543-4290