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B.A. in Communication Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Online

Program Overview


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.

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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.

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.

To initiate a double major, fill out this form, and an advisor will contact you.

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Tuition


Our B.A. in Communication Studies online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. Course cost includes administrative fees.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $248.25
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Tuition Per Course $744.75
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$210.00 $38.25 $248.25 $630.00 $114.75 $744.75

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Our B.A. in Communication Studies online program features multiple start dates per year and accelerated coursework.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 7wk 5/13/2019 6/28/2019 4/22/2019 4/29/2019 5/3/2019 5/10/2019 6/6/2019
7wk 7/1/2019 8/16/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/25/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
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Admissions


A-State Online offers a streamline admission process for both new students and transfers. Review the requirements for admission to the B.A. in Communication Studies online program below.

  • When completing the online application, choose the appropriate application type – A-State Online Freshman (if you have never attended college) or A-State Online Transfer (if you have previously attended any college).
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • International students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. A transcript evaluation by an independent agency (e.g., World Education Service or Education Credential Evaluators) will be required and will be the responsibility of the student. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students that have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

When the student has:

  • Less than 12 college hours: submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


Students must complete 120 credit hours for this program.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CMAC 1003: Mass Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the interaction between society and mass communication through the lenses of history, theory, economics, culture, law, and technology.

COMS 2243: Principles of Argumentation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of logical reasoning used in advocacy, analysis, use of evidence, inductive and deductive reasoning.

COMS 2313: Communication Theory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of foundational and current theories of communication and applications of these theories in communication contexts. Prerequisite, COMS 1203.

COMS 2373: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of interpersonal communication. Prerequisite, COMS 1203.

COMS 3363: Communications Research Methods

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of listening in the communication process, emphasis on listening improvement.

Students must take 21 hours of the following elective courses.

COMS 3243: Principles of Persuasion

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theory and practice of persuasion as an instrument in motivating human conduct.

COMS 4243: Interpersonal Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on increasing student's capacity for openness, sensitivity, and objective appraisal.

COMS 4263: Organization Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Dynamics and theories of communication within an organization.

COMS 4383: Computer Mediated Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

COMS 4423: Narratives in Health and Healing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Explores the social construction of health, illness, and healing through the study narrative.

PR 3003: Principles of Public Relations

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Nature and theoretical foundation of public relations, its role in society, practitioners and dynamics of the process.

PR 4603: Crisis Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

COMS 4373: Conflict Resolution

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Conflict as a communication variable created through interpersonal interaction in dyads, small groups, families and organizations.

COMS 4253: Intercultural Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Identification of barriers and breakdowns to communication among cultures.

COMS 4403: Seminar in Health Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the major cultural, interpersonal, and public communication issues affecting health communication.

Must have 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

Must have 3 to 4 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.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

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.

ENG 2003: Intro/Literature Western World I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Intro/Literature Western World II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

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.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

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.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

BIO 1001: Laboratory for Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

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.

CHEM 1043: Fundamentals of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CHEM 1041: Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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