Do more than just talk. Communicate. You’ll learn to do that here.

The Communication major provides graduates with tools critical to communicating effectively in an ever-changing global workplace. Effective communication skills are essential for almost any field of work and a Communication degree is a strong building block to develop these skills.

What to Expect

Students can expect to develop a practical skillset including oral and public presentation skills, advanced research and writing skills, conflict mediation techniques, and strategies for effective interpersonal and relational communication.

  • Faculty work closely with students in small class settings where professors know your name in state-of-the-art facilities at Academic Hall.
  • Students are engaged throughout the communication studies curriculum to develop oral, written, and visual communication skills, as well as listening, information processing, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
  • Communication students are encouraged to become members of student organizations such as COMMrades and Lambda Pi Eta for service and networking opportunities or to try out for Southeast’s award-winning debate team.
  • 100% of Southeast programs offer real-world experience. Communication students earn this experience through an optional internship or practicum experience. Upperclassmen have opportunities to oversee public events while earning course credit.
  • The path to a successful career starts with you! You can maximize your career development by working closely with Career Services and Southeast faculty – they are here to help you connect your passions, interests and skills to jobs and opportunities in the field. Career Services provides professional career counseling and coaching, resume critiques, practice interviews, job search strategies, career events, networking opportunities and more.

What Can You Do with a Communication Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Caterpillar
  • Childrens’ Charity of St. Louis
  • Cintas
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • LDiscovery
  • Maritz Motivation Solutions
  • Missouri House of Representatives
  • National Communication Association
  • Roberts, Wooten, & Zimmer: Attorneys at Law
  • Timberland
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Bancorp

Internship Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Disney World
  • AT&T Mobility
  • Classic Contracting, LLC
  • Farmers Insurance Group
  • Fleishman-Hillard
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • KRCU: A National Public Radio affiliate
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Office of Prosecuting Attorney (Cape Girardeau)
  • Panama Canal Authority
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Republic Services, Inc.
  • Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center

Graduate Program Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Ball State University
  • Clemson University
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Indiana University
  • Northwestern University
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri
  • Washington University

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $66K

    Market Research Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for market research analysts is $65,810.

  • $141K

    Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for advertising, promotions, and marketing managers is $141,490.

  • $63K

    Human Resources Specialist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for human resources specialists is $63,490.

Communication (BA) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

What You'll Study

The Communication curriculum includes 34 hours specific to this major. Students are also expected to complete a minimum of 120 required credits, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Required Courses: 

  • SC001 Exit Interview (0) 
  • PS280 Introduction to Global Issues (3) 
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3) 
  • SC155 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (3) 
  • SC200 Introduction to Communication Research (3) 
  • SC215 Intercultural Communication (3) 
  • SC314 Argumentation & Problem Solving (3) 
  • SC316 Gender Communication (3) 
  • SC357 Rhetoric of Images (3) 
  • SC359 Ethics of Dialogue & Deliberation (3) 
  • SC363 Communication Theory & Research (3) 
  • SC425 Persuasion (3) 
  • SO201 Social Problems in Contemporary Society (3) 
  • SW201 Social Economic Justice (3) 

Choose 3 hours: 

  • SC310 Speechwriting (3) 
  • SC491 Investigating Communication (3) 

Choose 3 hours: 

  • SC423 Political Communication (3) 
  • UI504 Leaders of Social Change (3) 

Choose 3 hours: 

  • MC434 Public Relations Campaigns & Case Studies (3) 
  • SC483 Internship (3) 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (13 Hours) 
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • SC105/SC155 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SC105/SC155 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (18 Hours) 
  • SC215 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • PS280 (3) 
  • SC200 (3) 
  • SW201 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SC310/SC491 (3) 
  • SC314 (3) 
  • SO205 (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SC316 (3) 
  • SC357 (3) 
  • SC363 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • MC434/SC483 (3) 
  • SC359 (3) 
  • SC423/UI504 (3) 
  • SC425 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
Spring Semester (14 Hours) 
  • SC001 (0) 
  • SC483/MC434 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3)

NOTE: Consider taking a summer or wintersession course to avoid 18-hour semesters.

 Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of the General Education program, and completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599). Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program. 

A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a BA degree. 

Hands-on Learning

You can gain hands-on real-world experience through internship opportunities, our award-winning debate team, and various student organizations.

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Is the Relational Communication Option Only for Communication Studies Majors?

The Relational Communication Option is not solely dedicated to Communication Studies Majors. Course content is key for majors pursuing careers in marketing, management, sales, human resources, advertising and public relations, as well as fundraising, community outreach, nonprofit administration, and health care management. However, students pursuing majors in psychology, counseling, social work, and ministry work will benefit from developing an adaptable interpersonal skillset, and those in majors focused on educational settings (including parks/recreation and history/anthropology) will benefit from learning techniques in effective audience analysis, presentation skills, and an enhanced understanding of diverse populations.

In addition to providing students the tools to participate meaningfully in social and work life, the Relational Communication track only requires 34 classroom hours. The Relational Communication track is the perfect double major for those students who want to increase their competitiveness in the job market or in graduate school applications.


"Until my last year at SEMO, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but one amazing instructor can help you figure that out in one academic year. Jeanne Harris had never had a student with a vision impairment in her classes until I took her Relational Communications class. And her willingness to learn, that’s the most amazing thing ever from an instructor. "

Kayla Patek

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