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Bachelor of Science Degree
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. The skills to gather information and communicate that information in written, oral or electronic forms are the hallmark of the programs in the University of Central Missouri's Department of Communication and Sociology.
The corporate communication major is designed to prepare graduates to formulate messages for the organization and its divisions, for upper-level management personnel, and for other personnel within the organization. This includes the ability to apply communication knowledge and skills to a wide range of administrative, managerial, economic, and human relations situations. Such flexibility is particularly important because many employers provide training in the specialized skills required for a position, but do not provide training in effective communication skills. Students are prepared to be a communication manager who can assess, develop diagnoses, facilitate and plan communication practices and programs.
This program focuses on educating students to train others in the use of effective communication, specifically in an organizational setting. Both knowledge and skills are developed in the classroom, and then students apply those abilities in professional settings. Therefore, all corporate communication majors are required to complete an internship prior to graduation. Internship sites in business and government offices are selected by students in collaboration with faculty members. Intern placement is based on suitable grade point averages and successful completion of certain required courses.
A complementary minor, such as business administration, journalism, management, marketing, mass communication, psychology, recreation or sociology, is encouraged.
There are 20 full-time faculty members in the Department of Communication and Sociology with work experience and scholarly expertise in their areas of specialization. Graduate assistants complement the laboratory programs as teachers and managers.
University of Central Missouri students are encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities that relate to their major. Communication organizations open to students include the International Association of Business Communications and Lambda Pi Eta, among others. Additionally, internships are supervised by faculty members and provide students with a variety of experiences. The Department of Communication and Sociology promotes undergraduate and graduate learning experiences at Glamorgan University, Pontypridd Wales; Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland; and Monterrey TEC (ITESM-CEM), Mexico, as well as the multi-national experiences provided by the Middleburg Center for Transatlantic Studies in Middleburg, The Netherlands.
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Department of Communication