Online Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Enhance your ability to communicate – one of the most highly sought after skills by employers in all job markets – in and out of the workplace in this online communication degree.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What will I learn in an online communication degree?

The online bachelor’s in communication is a liberal arts degree with a social science focus. This program is ideal for students interested in the humanities side of communication as well as qualitative research methods. These include interviewing, focus groups, participant observation, and ethnography.

As a student pursuing a degree in communication, you’ll gain the skills needed to understand, analyze and respond to communication problems and opportunities. You’ll study interpersonal and workplace communication through a variety of learning modalities that incorporate and reflect the research of Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication faculty. And you’ll be prepared to pursue careers that require strong oral and written communication skills, critical thinking skills and research capabilities.

Is a BA in communication a good degree?

 

A BA in communication is a great degree! The online BA in communication is offered through the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, an internationally recognized school for scholarly excellence in the study of communication. The Princeton Review ranks a degree in communication as the second-best college major. And the 2018 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey found that the knowledge and skills taught in communication courses are essential for being hired.

How quickly can you finish an online communication degree?

 

The online BA in communication can be completed in eight semesters or two years.

Online communication degree courses

You’ll complete courses across various communication topic areas, such as interpersonal communication, intercultural and global communication, conflict and negotiation, gender and communication, civil communication and more. You’ll also select from one of two areas to focus your studies: communication and healthy relating or workplace, organizational and leadership communication. The communication and healthy relating concentration is ideal for students interested in careers in social services, human resources management, counseling and other helping professions. The workplace, organizational and leadership concentration is designed for students interested in continuing their studies in graduate school and/or careers in business, event planning, marketing, social media, technology and more.


COM 310: Relational Communication (SB)


COM 110: Elements of Interpersonal Communication (SB)


COM 250: Communication and the Workplace (SB)


COM 450: Organizational Communication (SB)


COM 410: Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research (SB)


COM 225: Public Speaking (L)


COM 308: Advanced Research Methods in Communication (L)


COM 407: Advanced Critical Methods in Communication


What can I do with a BA in communication?

The ability to communicate well with others individually and across groups is one of the most sought after skills by employers in all job markets. The online communication degree will prepare you for careers that require effective communication skills, research capabilities, and critical thinking within a variety of fields. Potential career paths include:

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Public Relations Specialist


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Study with award winning faculty members

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Study with award winning faculty members

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Online communication degree admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Study at the No. 1 college for best online bachelor's programs

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140


million in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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