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Communication Department


A major in communication is one of the most diversified areas of study available to students who wish to excel in business, industry, government or education at the local, state, national and international levels. Missouri Southern graduates in communication have found successful careers in:

  • The Media
  • Government
  • Education
  • State and National Associations
  • Retail
  • Industry
  • Business
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Public Communications

In the education process, emphasis is placed on media convergence exemplified by speaking and writing skills as well as gaining technical knowledge related to mass media production and publication.

Department Overview

Missouri Southern's Department of Communication was established in 1980 by forging together two disciplines, speech and journalism. Today the Department of Communication is intertwined with the areas of public relations, speech communication, mass communication-print, mass communication-television, and practical hands-on experiences to produce the well rounded student.

Our emphasis in the total communication experience across several areas creates multiple opportunities for students to be involved in the direction, production, and management of a studio television show, alumni magazine, radio station, play-by-play, or helping institute a public relations package.

Communication studies are the inheritor of a long and honored tradition. Since the ancient Greeks, the study of rhetoric (the art of effective discourse) has been recognized as a vital pillar of human learning. It formed one of the seven liberal arts of education in medieval Europe. Modern communication studies focus on persuasion, personal development, organizational and group dynamics, and human relations in a multicultural, multilingual world. Despite technological advances over the centuries, the word remains central to human life.

The faculty is committed to the continual assessment of our programs, to ensure that our students develop communication competencies sought by business, industry, government, education, and the professions. Communication studies can provide the basis for a productive career and a rewarding personal life.

The Department of Communication firmly believes you should GET INVOLVED.

The faculty urges every student to take advantage of the opportunities made available through the print and broadcast media and through organizations in the department and on campus. Students can gain leadership roles, and through these roles and active participation, learn much more than those who don't participate. Students will also make contacts and begin the process of networking. So, join The Modern Communications Club, The PRSSA or the Debate Team. Join the staff of the newspaper, the magazine, radio station, and television station. Try out for an editor's position, for a seat on the management board of KGCS. PARTICIPATE!
You'll learn more!

Mission Statement:

Communication centers on the study of the word where it is spoken, printed, and translated in any format. Study includes a thorough grounding in the conceptual, theoretical, and ethical dimensions of discourse; as well as the development of skills and proficiencies in the practical application of communication principles. The goals are to understand human message sending and receiving processes, evaluating critical language and evidence, and managing effectively the expression of ideas.

Contact Us

Those who may be interested in touring the facilities and meeting with a faculty member may call 1-417-625-9580 and talk to the department's secretary or call the University's Admissions Department at 1-417-625-9378 or toll-free in Missouri at 1-800-606-6772.