Communication Quick Facts

School of Social & Cultural Studies: Department of Communication

Pursuing Communication

  • Minors offered:
  • Approximate number of students pursuing one of these majors: 250
  • Approximate number of students pursuing one of these minors: 50
  • Percent of communication majors who do an internship: 51%
  • Full-time faculty: 13
  • Part-time faculty: 3
  • Recent awards:
    • Brently Snead and Laura Seaman — 1st place, Convergent Journalism at Missouri Broadcast Educators Association Awards (2016)
    • Emily Ploch — 1st place, Features photography at Missouri College Media Association Awards (2016)
    • Katey Stoetzel — 1st place, Entertainment Review at Missouri College Media Association Awards (2016)
    • Jonathan Christy — MAFA State Champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate (2016)
    • Dillon Laaker — MAFA State Champion Lincoln-Douglas Speaker (2016)
    • Brian Kantanka — MAFA State Champion in Poetry Interpretation (2016)
    • Debate Team — 5th place in nation in Lincoln-Douglas debate (NFA)(2016)
    • Professor Don Krause — Truman’s Educator of the Year, 2014-2015 academic year


  • Join active teacher-scholars who regularly present their research at disciplinary conferences and publish in academic journals, as well as work collaboratively with students on undergraduate research projects.
  • Faculty travel nationally and internationally to study, attend conferences, and conduct research, and often take Truman undergraduates with them. For example, student members of the Forensic Union recently accompanied faculty members as trainers and adjudicators for the 13th FLTRP Cup, China’s English-speaking national debate championships.
  • Full-time faculty members with professional media credentials advise student media.
  • Full-time faculty members with extensive backgrounds in both debate and individual speaking events direct our forensics program.
  • Full-time faculty members with relevant industry and government experience advise our student pre-professional and academic honorary organizations.
  • To learn more about our communication faculty, visit the Communication  Department Faculty & Staff Directory.


  • Attend student or professional conferences to present your research or co-curricular work, such as: College Media Advisers, Missouri Broadcast Education Association, the National Communication Association, and the Central States Communication Association.
  • Student organizations include Lambda Pi Eta (national honor society), National Communication Association Student Club, Advertising & Public Relations Club (affiliated with International Association of Business Communicators), Truman Media Network (student-produced media), Toastmasters, and Up-Chuckles (a student-run stand-up comedy guild).
  • Compete in the nationally-ranked Forensics program. Our team consistently receives honors and awards, including first-place individual awards in national competitions and team sweepstakes awards.
  • Students consistently receive honors and awards from national, regional and state organizations for their media production including: Best Weekly and Overall Newspaper; Best Magazine; First Place in Convergent Journalism, Radio Play-by-Play, as well as Audio and Video Documentary, Audio Commercial and PSA.


  • We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communication with options for an emphasis in Communication Studies, Journalism, or Public Communication.
  • In addition to Communication coursework, pursue at least one industry, non-profit or government internship, as well as study abroad and/or conduct undergraduate research.
  • The largest classes could have 65 students, but the majority of classes have 20 to 30 students, and some elective classes are as small as 10 to 15 students.

Facilities & Equipment

  • Learn in state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with computer and AV projection systems, cameras for recording presentations, and internet access.
  • Experience all-digital production facilities for classes and student media in broadcast, print, and online work.
  • In addition to teaching space and the Forensics squad room, Communication houses the Student Media Center that includes the state-of-the-art multimedia NewsCenter, the KTRM-FM radio station, and the television studio and control room.


  • Pursue a career at places like: City of New York (Asst. District Attorney), DreamWorks Animation, Fleishman-Hillard, St. Luke’s Hospital, United States Institute of Peace, Wall Street Journal, and Xinhua News Agency (China).

Graduate Schools

  • Programs pursued at the graduate level by recent alumni include: Columbia University (New York City), London School of Economics, Loyola University (Chicago), University of Denver, University of Kansas, University of Missouri and University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
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