Communication Courses

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Bachelor of arts
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Courses for this program are 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of the program requires 120 credit hours of course work, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions.

Students majoring in communication must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in communication courses. Students may complete either a general communication degree or they may select one of three different emphasis areas as a focus for their studies: interpersonal communication, mass communication or strategic communication. To complete the degree with one of these emphases, the student must complete the 21 credit-hour core and at least 15 hours of electives from within the selected emphasis area. In addition, the skills and knowledge applied in the required practicum/internship should be consistent with the selected emphasis area. Students seeking a general communication degree must complete the 21 credit-hour core and can select elective courses from any combination of the emphasis areas.

Transfer students

The number of credits you need to take will depend on the type of previous credit earned and the institutions' accreditation and transfer equivalencies. The admissions office will determine your transfer credit once they receive your official transcripts and application. Visit the University of Missouri-St. Louis Course Equivalency site to determine credit equivalencies from courses taken at other institutions.

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The chart below shows the courses offered in this program. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


Three credit hours of a practicum or internship are required of all communication majors. Students may register for up to 6 credit hours of internship credit. 50 additional hours of work for the internship/practicum organization are required for each additional credit hour. No more than 6 credit hours of internship can count towards the 36 hours needed for the major.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-St. Louis be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

  • Program authorized
  • Program authorized with stipulations

Authorized with stipulations

Students residing in these states may be eligible to enroll in this program, but certain stipulations exist.

  • Colorado

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This program is administered by the Department of Communication & Media