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

The Relational Communication track within the Communication Studies 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, management, marketing, and leadership skills.
  • Communication Studies 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 Studies 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.

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.

  • $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.

What You'll Study

The Relational 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.

Communication Studies: Relational Communication Option
(34 Hours – Minor required)

Required Courses:

  • SC001 Exit Interview (0)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
  • SC155 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • SC200 Communication and Publics (3)
  • SC360 Experiential Comm Projects (1-3)
  • UI425 Persuasion (3)
Choose One Course:
  • SC314 Argumentation & Problem Solving (3)
  • SC320 Group Comm & Decision-Making (3)
Choose One Course:
  • SC420 Rock-n-Roll & Rebellion (3)
  • SC491 Investigating Communication Studies (3)

Relational Communication Option

Choose 9 Hours:
  • SC301 Foundations of Health Communication (3)
  • SC316 Gender Communication (3)
  • SC355 Relational Communication Strategies (3)
  • SC406 Negotiation & Conflict Management (3)
  • SC490 Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication (3)
Choose 6 Hours From:
  • SC215 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • SC301 Foundations of Health Communication (3)*
  • SC316 Gender Communication (3)*
  • SC335 Interviewing (3)
  • SC355 Relational Communication Strategies (3)*
  • SC360 Experiential Communications Projects (1-3)
  • SC406 Negotiation & Conflict Management (3)*
  • SC482 Special Topics in Comm Studies (3)
  • SC483 Internship in Speech Comm (3)
  • SC496 Practicum in Communication Studies (3)
  • SC490 Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication (3)*
  • UI345 Nonverbal Communication (3)
*if not taken above

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) 

  • Comm Studies Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 

Spring Semester (16-18 Hours) 

  • SC200 (3) 
  • SC360 (1-3) 
  • Comm Studies Elective (3) 
  • Comm Studies Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 

(Consider taking a summer or intersession course) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (12-14 Hours) 

  • SC314/SC320 (3) 
  • Comm Studies Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (0-2) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • SC420/SC491 (3) 
  • Comm Studies Elective (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • UI425 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • SC001 (0) 
  • Comm Studies Elective (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3)

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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.

What can you do with a Relational 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
  • National Communication Association
  • Roberts, Wooten, & Zimmer: Attorneys at Law

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

  • Disney World
  • Farmers Insurance Group
  • Fleishman-Hillard
  • KRCU: A National Public Radio Affiliate
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Office of Prosecuting Attorney (Cape Girardeau)
  • Panama Canal Authority

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:

  • Clemson University
  • Duke University
  • Northwestern University
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Missouri
  • 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.


"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

Kayla Patek smiles in the auditorium of Academic Hall.

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