Communication Studies

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Interpersonal and Public Communication
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Public Communications


Course Catalog

IPC emphasis – view catalog.

Mercury Association

Mercury Association
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How do I get one?


How do I get one?




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Atterbury Student Success Center

Specifically designed to promote academic success.
What's Unique about IPC?

Faye Kirchner Speech Contest

  • Students enrolled in Comm-St 110: Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening can compete in the Faye Kircher Speech Contest for monetary prizes. The contest is judged by Kansas City civic leaders and distinguished Communications Studies Department alumni.

Mercury Association

  • The Mercury Association, a student organization within Communication Studies, helps UMKC students to prepare for work and careers. The Mercury Association sponsors an annual Internship Brunch, where students can network with area businesses and organizations that are looking to hire interns and new employees.

UMKC Debate Program

  • UMKC's debate program has been nationally ranked among the top 10 since 1989, alongside the debate programs at schools such as UCLA and Cornell. The UMKC debate program operates from the Communication Studies Department.