School and Ranking Information
There are only three schools located directly in Kansas City, MO, that offer studies in communications. Based on ranking, school type and student population, the following university is considered a top school in Kansas City for communications degree programs:
- Winner: The University of Missouri - Kansas City is the only public university in the city providing studies in communications. It is also the largest postsecondary institution in terms of enrollment in Kansas City offering these types of programs. Students can earn a bachelor's degree in communications studies from this university.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Missouri - Kansas City|
|Ranking||#189 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*|
|Location||Kansas City, Missouri|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $9,456 (in-state); $22,203 (out-of-state)**|
|Communications Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Communications Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||90**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||51%**|
|Noteworthy||The Department of Communication Studies has the largest internship program in the university's College of Arts and Sciences***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***University of Missouri - Kansas City
University of Missouri - Kansas City
- Students may work with KCUR-FM, the university's public radio station
- Relevant student organizations include the Student Film League and the Mercury Association
- Departmental resources include a production studio with 'green-screen' and multi-camera functionality, sound-recording stations and cutting-edge software
A public university founded in 1929, the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) is one of four public institutions in the larger University of Missouri system. Its 93-acre campus features 12 schools and colleges where students have access to personalized instruction with a 13:1 student-faculty ratio. UMKC strives to seamlessly network students with future employers, encouraging local internships with prominent businesses in the Kansas City area.
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts with their choice of emphasis or else minor in communication studies. In the Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies - Film and Media Arts program, lessons cover the history and analysis of film, as well as the technical skills needed to create and produce films and related media.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies - Interpersonal and Public Communication program focuses on speaking skills while studying human communication. The curriculum requires a research seminar, as well as courses presenting public speaking fundamentals and the history of communication.
The Journalism and Mass Communication emphasis of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program covers the types and characteristics of mass media as well as the trends and current direction of journalism. Core requirements consist of an introduction to journalism and the current outlook for communications media.