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Communication Studies BA (Degree Completion)

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An Online Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

The online delivery of the Communication Studies Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts program tied to the fundamental process of communication that drives our personal, social and professional lives. In this convenient degree completion program, you will learn the elements of message exchange across a variety of interactions and contexts.

Communication skills are consistently ranked as one of the top skills sought by employers in every field and profession. You will gain the skills to improve both your own communication and the communication outcomes of groups and organizations.

The Benefit of a Bachelor's Degree

Why finish your degree? Besides the knowledge and skills you'll gain, you will also open the door to better employment opportunities and earnings. Based on final 2017 earnings data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that – compared to those who have only completed some college credit – those with a bachelor's degree...

  • Earned 51% more money each week ($1,173 compared to $774).
  • Had a lower unemployment rate (2.5% compared to 4%).

Visit the full Bureau of Labor Statistics article to view the full interactive charts for earnings and unemployment data by education level.

Chart of 2017 median weekly earning by level of education, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You'll develop applicable skills in...

  • Communication theory
  • Public speaking and media
  • Communication research and inquiry
  • Leadership, persuasion and argumentation
  • Interpersonal, family and intercultural communication
  • Small group and organizational communication
  • A variety of elective courses are available. See the Courses & Requirements page.

Students are encouraged to complete internships for up to six hours of credit, which will help you apply communication theory to practical applications in your current job or use internships to pursue new opportunities.

Career Options

Because communication skills are vital in almost any career, our Communication Studies majors and minors pursue a wide range of professional paths upon graduation. These are just a few of the possibilities:

  • Community Relations Practitioner
  • Motivational Speaker/Trainer
  • Communication Consultant
  • Sales and Customer Service Professional
  • Event Planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Human Resources Professional

A Liberal Arts Program Designed for Adult Learners

This online bachelor's degree completion program is designed for busy adults of any age who need to fit their college completion into busy lives, no matter where they live.

  • Open Entry: You can begin the program any term (Fall, Spring or Summer) and even start in the middle of a term because of our 6 and 8-week course options.
  • Fast Progress That Won't Overwhelm You: The program is designed to allow for 12 credits to be taken each term while only taking 2 courses at one time (you can take more credits each term if your situation allows).
  • Quality Brought to You Online: This Communication Studies Bachelor of Arts degree is the same as our on-campus program.
  • Transferable Skills: A broad liberal arts degree is highly valued by employers because it prepares you with communication and research skills that can be applied to any industry, providing you with more career options.

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Snapshot

Credits Required:
36 in Communication Studies
18 in chosen Minor
120 total (including transfer credit) for graduation
Time to Completion:
About 2 years, varies by student
Tuition:
$360/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Terri Ball

970-351-2045

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