Communication centers on the study of the word - spoken, printed, translated - however transmitted. 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, to evaluate critically language and evidence and to manage effectively the expression of ideas.
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.
A major in communication offers an array of career opportunities in such fields as public communication, television, radio, journalism and public relations. 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. 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, in government, in education and in a variety of public relations positions for hospitals, state and national associations, in retailing and in industry.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in communication have three options. Option I: Speech Communication, examines the role of human communication in social organizational, political and cultural interactions. This option places a balanced focus on the theory and practice of communicating. Special emphasis includes identifying the antecedents of communication, its form and content and its consequences. Option II: Mass Communications, offers students the necessary abilities in planning, preparing and producing programs in electronic media and/or designing and writing for journalism. This option emphasizes the technical skills, creativity and demand for understanding target audiences in mass media. Students gain hands-on experience in television, radio and print laboratories. Option III: Public Relations, allows a student to develop a specialty focusing on the aspects of promoting and showcasing organizations. Also available is a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a teaching emphasis in Speech Communication and Theatre.
The curriculum for speech communication and theatre education is a joint effort by the Department of Teacher Education, the Department of Communication, and the Department of Theatre.
Dr. Jay Moorman, Department Head
Webster Hall 362
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595