Leadership Communication Curriculum Requirements

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Major Requirements

Required Courses

  • ACL 1500 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication OR ACL 1510 Speech Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3540 Strategic Business and Professional Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 4700 Applied Communication Project (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)

Elective Courses

Choose 18 s.h. from the following:

  • ACL 3000 Argumentation and Advocacy (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3400 Theories and Techniques of Effective Listening (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3600 Exploring Cross-Cultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3700 Results-Oriented Persuasion (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3710 Effective Interpersonal Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3750 Small Group Communication Skills (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3900 Collaborative Conflict Management (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3250 Theories and Techniques of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3400 Issues in Contemporary Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3750 Future-Oriented Leadership (3 s.h.)

The following MSL courses are offered on campus. Students with prior military service, who are active duty or are enrolled in the MU Green-to-Gold program, can earn up to 6 credit hours for work experience and/or course completion.

  • MSL 1010 Intro to the Army and Critical Thinking (1 s.h.)
  • MSL 1020 Intro to Tactical Leadership (1 s.h.)
  • MSL 2010 Leadership and Decision Making (2 s.h.)
  • MSL 2020 Foundations of Tactical Leadership (2 s.h.)

A student cannot double major in Leadership Communication and Applied Communication with a concentration in one of the concentrations – Public Affairs Communication, Organizational Communication & Leadership, and Health Communication – to complete the Bachelor of Science degree.

Elective courses in one concentration for the Applied Communication Bachelor of Science degree and the online Leadership Communication major or minor may not be used to meet the requirements for another Applied Communication concentration, major, or minor.


Minor Requirements

A minor in Leadership Communication consists of 18 s.h., with at least 9 s.h. with the ACL designation.