UMKC Catalog


Bachelor of Arts: Communication Studies - Core Program Requirements

The department provides an multidisciplinary approach so students can satisfy their educational and occupational needs across multiple, firmly grounded degree tracks. Regardless of the emphasis, students are required to satisfactorily complete the department's core courses. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their major field. A grade of "D" in a course within the major will not be accepted for credit in the program. With prior permission, three hours of elective credit from another department may be accepted as Communication Studies elective credit. At least 18 of 33 credit hours must be at the 300- or 400-level. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours within the department.

Required Core Courses: (6 Hours) Hours

COMM-ST 110 Fundamentals of Effective
  Speaking and Listening 3
COMM-ST 483 Seminar in Communication
  Studies 3

The program of study for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies consists of 33 total credit hours. COMM-ST 110 and COMM-ST 483 are required for all three emphasis areas. COMM-ST 483 must be taken during a students final semester. Students are expected to work closely with a departmental adviser in designing an undergraduate program of study for their emphasis. Only three credit hours within the 33 hours for a major may be taken in one-hour courses. Students are required to take one writing intensive course within their emphasis area.

Note: Students must successfully complete the WEPT Exam before enrolling in any writing intensive courses. As noted in Pathway, the following classes do not count toward electives in Communication Studies: COMM-ST 421P, COMM-ST 422P, COMM-ST 423P, COMM-ST 424P.