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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Extend your reach with your Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Ashford University. This degree program prepares you for a career in communications, as communication studies encompasses a variety of concepts and theories that will help you get your message across accurately and masterfully. The communications program here at Ashford includes aspects of visual communication, theoretical foundations of message theory, and theories of persuasion. When you complete the required online communications courses, you will be well acquainted with modern communications tools and techniques. You will be highly trained in organizational and intercultural communications and conflict resolution, and have the opportunity to learn advanced persuasion skills.

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What you will learn

You will complete your degree in communication coursework in message design (including text, spoken, visual, and multimedia elements) persuasion, public relations, conflict management intercultural communication, and organizational communication. These are significant and effective skills used in a wide range of communication fields. This online communication degree's curriculum also includes a capstone course for you to demonstrate the full results of your efforts in a comprehensive portfolio. Upon completion of your bachelor’s in communication, you will be able to:

  • Communicate with fluency and clarity
  • Select effective communication techniques appropriate to audience and context
  • Identify barriers to effective communication in different contexts and formulate effective solutions
  • Articulate the value of free expression to a democratic society
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in communications between and among different groups and individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrate adaptability to changes in communication technology
  • Conduct effective independent research
  • Communicate in ways consistent with the highest ethical standards of the communications professions

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Your Courses in Communication Studies

Expand your skills while enhancing your understanding of the many aspects of modern communications with your bachelor’s in communication. Courses cover several relevant topics, from message and editing to conflict management and intercultural communications.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (36 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Emphases for Communication Studies

An emphasis provides you with additional opportunities to broaden and enrich your education that is distinct from and enhances your major. It may be taken as a way to expand career options, to prepare for graduate study, or simply to explore in greater depth an area different from your major. An emphasis consists of three (3), three (3) credit courses. Choose from the following emphases:

Cognitive Studies

Environmental Management & Sustainability

Public Administration

Public Relations

Web & Mobile App Technology

Your BA in Communications

Discover the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. In this video, Dr. Dan Tinianow, Program Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, explains what you can expect to learn during the degree program and how it will prepare you for a rewarding career in one of the communication fields.

Careers in Communication Studies

When you complete your bachelor’s degree in communications, you will have what you need to begin a rewarding career in which a breadth of knowledge in communicating clearly and accurately is a must. Take a look at your potential career options, or explore even more of Ashford's online communications degrees

Communication Studies Careers

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This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.