Study. Communicate. Succeed. You’ll do that here.

Corporate communication majors develop skills that make them “most likely to succeed.” The Wall Street Journal reports that leaders in corporations and industry consistently rank communication skills among the most needed in the workplace. They identify communication deficiencies as extremely common among employees and are responsible for significant problems with efficiency, safety, and other concerns.

What You’ll Do

The curriculum includes interconnected business and communication courses that provide the groundwork for our students to find success in the corporate world.

  • Interact with well-trained faculty in small-class settings.
  • Learn and train in state-of-the-art facilities in Academic Hall and in the Harrison College of Business in Dempster Hall.
  • Develop oral, written, visual communication, listening, management, marketing, leadership and other skills.
  • Have access to our student organization COMMrades for service and networking opportunities.

Becoming Career Ready

  • Corporate Communication graduates work in management, marketing, social media, public relations, banking, real estate, business development, sales, human resources, and many other areas.
  • Southeast programs offer real-world experience. Corporate Communication students earn this experience through an internship or practicum experience.
  • 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.

Hands-on Learning

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

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.

  • $63K

    Public Relations Specialist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for public relations specialists is $62,810.

  • $116K

    Training and Development Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for training and development managers is $115,640.

  • $63K

    Human Resources Specialist

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

What You'll Study

The Corporate Communication curriculum includes 48 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.

Corporate Communication
(48-Hours – Minor required)

Required Courses:

  • SC001 Exit Interview (0)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    OR
  • SC155 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • SC330 Corporate & Professional Communication (3)
  • SC335 Interviewing (3)
  • SC483 Internship
    or
  • SC496 Practicum (3)
  • SC510 Leadership and Teambuilding (3)
  • SC560 Organizational Communication (3)
  • UI301 Managerial Communication (3)

Choose 9 Hours From:

  • SC215 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • SC301 Foundations of Health Communication (3)
  • SC310 Speech Writing (3)
  • SC314 Argumentation and Problem Solving (3)
  • SC320 Group Communication & Decision Making (3)
  • SC355 Relational Communication Strategies (3)
  • SC406 Negotiation & Conflict Management (3)
  • SC463 Independent Study (3)
  • UI345 Nonverbal Communication (3)
  • UI425 Persuasion (3)

Choose 6 Hours From:

  • MK341 Public Relations (3)
  • MK342 Professional Selling (3)
  • MK343 Advertising & Promotion (3)
  • MK344 Consumer Behavior (3)
  • MK348 Brand Marketing (3)
  • MK349 Retail Management (3)
  • MK351 Sports Marketing (3)
  • MK443 Digital & Integrated Marketing Communications Practicum (3)
  • MK447 Sales Management (3)
  • MK555 Digital Marketing Strategies (3)
  • MK560 International Marketing (3)

Choose 6 Hours From:

  • MG356 Foundations of Human Resource Management (3)
  • MG362 Management Skills (3)
  • MG457 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • MG470 Leadership in Management (3)
  • MG526 Managing & Developing Talent (3)
  • MG548 Project Management (3)
  • MG560 International Management (3)
  • MG562 Organizational Theory & Design (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) 
  • General Education (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 (15 Hours) 

  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • MG301 (3) 
  • MK301 (3) 
  • SC335 (3) 
  • UI301 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 

(Consider taking a summer or winter session course) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • SC330 (3) 
  • Corporate Communication Elective (3) 
  • Corporate Communication Elective (3) 
  • Management Elective (3) 
  • Marketing Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • SC510 (3) 
  • SC560 (3) 
  • Management Elective (3) 
  • Marketing Elective (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (17 Hours) 

  • Corporate Communication Elective (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (2) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • SC001 (0) 
  • SC483/SC496 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

What can you do with a Corporate Communication Degree?

Employment and Internship Opportunities of Recent Graduates

Graduates have the opportunity to secure employment in a wide variety of settings. Past graduates have been employed with:

  • Caterpillar
  • Childrens’ Charity of St. Louis
  • Cintas
  • Maritz Motivation Solutions
  • Missouri House of Representatives
  • Roberts, Wooten, & Zimmer: Attorneys at Law
  • Timberland

Communication Studies majors also have the opportunity to intern with companies such as: 

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Cape Girardeau Parks & Rec
  • Disney World
  • Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
  • United Way
  • Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center

Graduate Programs of Recent Graduates 

More interested in continuing your education beyond a communications degree? Our graduates have gained entrance to notable graduate programs and law schools including:

  • Ball State
  • Duke University
  • Northwestern University
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Mississippi
  • Washington University

Getting the Job

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.

Alumnus

"“The main thing I’ve taken away from my experiences at Southeast is communication skills — in person, by email, by phone, and by other written forms. All of the experiences I’ve had with classmates and professors and all the written assignments and speeches I’ve done have taught me the communication skills that I will need in a career in sports.”"

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Location
Office Location
Academic Hall 213
Mailing Location
One University Plaza, MS 3225
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701