Communication Studies Major

Today’s citizen leader requires skill sets in critical reasoning, research, persuasion, and oral and written expression.  The communication studies major develops these skills in tandem with the knowledge and experience necessary to participate effectively in organizational, group, sociopolitical, interpersonal and intercultural contexts. 

Graduate paths for this major include nonprofit work, law, politics, graduate work, education, health, activism, religion and sales.  All courses in the communication studies curriculum are designed to integrate with and enhance Drury’s liberal arts education and CORE requirements. 

Degree Requirements

The communication studies major must complete 36 hours of coursework:  30 hours of required courses and six hours of elective courses.  All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. Please note that COMM 211 Presentational Speaking is a prerequisite for COMM 351 Principles of Persuasion and Influence.  Students should complete COMM 211 early in their degree program. 

Core Courses
COMM 215: Foundations of Communication Theory
COMM 226: Multimedia Production I
COMM 285: Communication and Ethics
COMM 351: Principles of Persuasion and Influence
COMM 386: Web Communication
COMM 493: Senior Seminar

Major Requirements
COMM 342: Interpersonal Communication Theory
COMM 353:Mass Media and Society
COMM 387: Organizational Communication
COMM 442: Rhetorical Criticism

Choose six hours from the following electives:
COMM 141-144: Radio Activities
COMM 161-164: Public Relations Activities
COMM 171-174: TV Activities
COMM 181-184: Journalism Activities
COMM 208: Introduction to Argumentation and Debate 
BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Lab
COMM 322: Media Law
COMM 332: Intercultural Communication
COMM 358, 359: Advanced Journalism Activities I and II
COMM 373: Advanced Electronic Media and TV Activities
COMM 422: Argumentation and Advocacy
COMM 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
COMM 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research
COMM 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship

Beyond the classroom experience, communication studies majors have the opportunity to present research at academic conferences and/or serve as a peer consultant in the speech communication center.  Students who excel in their studies may join Lambda Pi Eta (honor society of the National Communication Association). Communication studies majors also are invited to join The Mirror (student newspaper), KDRU (student radio station), and DUTV (student TV station).

Senior Portfolio Requirement

All communication majors, and those planning to declare a major, must keep a file of important assignments completed in communication courses and in the general education program. Items to be placed in the file include any written assignments graded or evaluated by the instructor, written projects, speeches, internship projects and audio/video materials.  The contents of the file will be used to develop a senior portfolio, a course requirement in COMM 493 senior seminar. The senior portfolio is a reflective document that provides evidence of a student’s learning achievements and it may be used to facilitate career planning, job search activities and/or admittance to graduate study.

Sample Career Titles by Major (PDF)

Communication Studies Internships

Communication Studies majors often have one or more internships to gain professional experience related to their coursework, broaden their resumes, and increase their professional networks.  Sample internships completed by communication studies majors include:

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Organizational Development Intern, Springfield-
    Greene County Department of Health
  • Federal Judicial Intern, Federal Public Defenders Office of Western District of MO
  • Needs Assessment Intern, The Hamels Foundation
  • Public Policy Intern, American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC
  • Corporate Communication Intern, National Public Radio, Washington DC
  • Development Intern, Isabel’s House
  • Research Fellow, African American Literature and Cultures Institute, San Antonio, TX
  • Communication Intern, Jordan Valley Community Health Center
  • Intern, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Communication Studies Graduates

Sample Jobs of Alumni

  • Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Physician Quality Reporting System Account Manager, HealthTronics, Inc.
  • Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC
  • College Adviser, Missouri College Advising Corps/Americorps College
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, Missouri State University
  • Special Education Coordinator, KIPP: AMP Academy, New York, NY
  • Attorney, Atkinson Haskins Nellis Brittingham Gladd & Fiasco, PC, Tulsa, OK
  • Attorney, Stanton Law Firm, PC, Dallas, TX
  • Program Director, Boys and Girls Club
  • Production Assistant, American Graduate Project, PBS NewsHour, Washington, DC

Graduate Studies

Communication Studies alumni have pursued graduate degrees in communication, law, organizational leadership, nonprofit communication, and political theory at

  • Baylor Law School
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Drury University 
  • Indiana University
  • Penn State University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Missouri
  • The University of Tulsa College of Law
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison