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Online Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Complete Coursework: varies Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $248.25 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

According to Forbes magazine, the number one skill employers seek is strong communication skills. Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies online at A-State can open up a wide variety of career options, giving you the skills you need to succeed in almost any career path. This versatile degree expands your knowledge of how people and organizations share, interpret and understand information, deepening your ability to be heard and understood by your audience in a variety of situations. Coursework combines both communication theory and experiential learning to make you an effective interpersonal, professional and organizational communicator.

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Interested in pursuing a double major? A-State Online allows you to pair our B.A. in Communication Studies with select A-State Online degrees:B.A. in Criminology, B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Sociology.

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Program Requirements

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.
A study of the interaction between society and mass communication through the lenses of history, theory, economics, culture, law, and technology.
Principles of logical reasoning used in advocacy, analysis, use of evidence, inductive and deductive reasoning.
Study of foundational and current theories of communication and applications of these theories in communication contexts. Prerequisite, COMS 1203.
A study of interpersonal communication. Prerequisite, COMS 1203.
Principles of listening in the communication process, emphasis on listening improvement.

Major (Core) Courses

Students must take 21 hours of the following elective courses.

Theory and practice of persuasion as an instrument in motivating human conduct.
Emphasis on increasing student's capacity for openness, sensitivity, and objective appraisal.
Dynamics and theories of communication within an organization.
This course considers how identities, relationships and communities are created and influenced by our use of computers and the internet. We will gain understanding of these processes by engaging new media scholarship and activities involving different forms of new media.
Explores the social construction of health, illness, and healing through the study narrative.
Nature and theoretical foundation of public relations, its role in society, practitioners and dynamics of the process.
An investigation of communications during crises, focusing on public relations, advertising and other persuasive efforts by institutions, corporations, movement leaders, and citizens to describe, persuade and shape human interactions with their environment during a crisis.
Conflict as a communication variable created through interpersonal interaction in dyads, small groups, families, and organizations.
Identification of barriers and breakdowns to communication among cultures.
Study of the major cultural, interpersonal, and public communication issues affecting health communication.

Communication Requirement

Must have six credit hours of the following courses.

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.
Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement

Must have three to four credit hours or any higher level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite. The course listed below is the only one offered online through A-State at this time. You may also take Math 1054.

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Arts and Humanities Requirement

Students must complete three courses from this section. At least one must be a fine arts course, one humanities, and one English course. Please note that Intro to the Literature of the Western World I ENG 2003 and Intro to the Literature of the Western World II ENG 2013 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other Fine Arts courses not offered online are ART 2501, THEA 2503, PHIL 1103.

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

Social Sciences Requirement

Three of the following courses must be completed. At least one course must be selected from SOC 2213, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Please note that POSC 2103, Introduction to American Government, and SOC 2213, Introduction to Sociology are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other social science courses that can be taken but not offered online are ECON 2313, ECON 2333, POSC 1003.

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
Human society and social behavior.
Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement

One of the following courses and lab must be completed. Please note that Biological Science BIO 1003 and Laboratory for Biological Science BIO 1001 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other courses that may be taken but not offered online are BIO 1033, BIO 1063, BIO 2013.

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.
Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.
Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.
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