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B.A. in Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Online


Program Overview

Take a Look at the Online Communication Studies Program


Develop strong communication skills, which Forbes magazine lists as the top skill employers seek. Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies online at A-State can open up a wide variety of career options, giving you the competencies to succeed in numerous professions and industries.

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Employers today recognize that the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively is directly correlated to enhanced productivity and successful collaboration. In our online B.A. in Communication Studies, you will develop a research-based understanding of how people and organizations receive, share and interpret information and learn both the theory and practical application of communication strategies.

You will strengthen your critical-thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills by studying oral, written, electronic and interpersonal communications as well as persuasive tactics, conflict resolution, and crisis management. Through multidisciplinary experiential coursework, you will learn how to communicate effectively across large organizations and diverse cultures.

Interested in pursuing a double major? Pair your online B.A. in Communication Studies with other select A-State Online programs, including our B.A. in Criminology, B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Sociology or B.S. in Business Administration.

Flexible Degree for a Flexible Career

This versatile degree prepares you to move into a variety of positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors from media and marketing to public relations, politics, advocacy and more.

In-Demand Skills:

Gain the knowledge and industry-relevant skills employers seek:

  • Oral & written communications
  • Technical writing/editing
  • Social media platforms
  • Content management
  • Public relations

Top Careers:

Prepare for a broad range of professional roles, including:

  • Technical Writer
  • Communications Manager
  • Community Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Copywriter

Projected Job Growth:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in communication studies to grow 3.5% from 2019 to 2029, resulting in about 94,987 new jobs nationwide.

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Increase Your Earning Potential

Earning your bachelor’s degree could increase your first-year income by an average of 77% – Arkansas Research Center, 2019

Tuition

Low Tuition Plus Financial Aid Packages for Those Who Qualify


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.A. in Communication Studies online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774

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Calendar

The Schedule for Our Online Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies


Add these key dates to your calendar for the online Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies.

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Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
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Admissions

Applying to A-State is Easy – Just Follow These Steps


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

There are several paths to admittance at A-State:

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:

    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State

    Note: If you’re admitted as non-traditional first-time freshman, you may be required to successfully complete a predesignated curriculum of 12 hours (Certificate or Non-Degree). Upon successful completion, you will be transitioned to a degree seeking program.

  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grad point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).

Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we’ll be happy to help answer questions.

Additional Information

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

For students who have:

  • Fewer 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.

Submit all documents to:

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

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Email: [email protected]

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Courses

Preview the Topics You'll Examine in the Communication Studies Program


To earn your Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 36 credit hours of major courses and 46 credit hours of elective courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Core Requirements:

Students may choose either COMS 3363 or COMS 3433 as a core requirement course. The rest of these core courses must be taken to complete your degree.

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.

COMS 3433: Communication Criticism

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Provides critical approaches from the humanistic condition engaging media, public discourse and interpersonal communication.

COMS 4533: Communication Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of skills and knowledge gained in the Communication Studies major through a research project presented orally and in writing.

Other Requirements:

Students must take 21 credit hours of the following courses. COMS 3363 or COMS 3433 must be taken as an elective requirement if not taken to satisfy the core requirement.

COMS 3243: Principles of Persuasion

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

COMS 3363: Communications Research Methods

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

COMS 3433: Communication Criticism

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Provides critical approaches from the humanistic condition engaging media, public discourse and interpersonal communication.

COMS 4243: Interpersonal Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

COMS 4253: Intercultural Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Identification of barriers and breakdowns to communication among cultures.

COMS 4263: Organizational Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Dynamics and theories of communication within an organization.

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 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 4403: Health Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

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.

STCM 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.

STCM 3023: Principles of Advertising

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advertising history, theory and practice, including traditional and nontraditional media.

STCM 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.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course. If you transfer in more than 12 credit hours, you will not be required to take the Making Connections course. You may replace that 3-hour course with a 3-hour elective course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Departmental Option Course Requirement:

This 3-hour course for the degree plan is chosen by the department, not the individual student.

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.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 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.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

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.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities courses.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature 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: Introduction to World Literature 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.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, SOC 2213 or HIST 2773.

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.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

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: Biological Science Lab

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.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts 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: Fundamental Concepts 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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"I have already got more out of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program than I expected. You have to have a lot of self-discipline. More than anything, you are going to discover a lot more about yourself than you knew in the first place. Some of the things that I'm learning have helped me grow into a completely different, better person."

– Brittany Westmoreland


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