ONLINE communications DEGREE
ONLINE BSCOM DEGREE
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Register by: May 10, 2023
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You’ll need 120 credits to complete this online communications degree. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits or credits earned through the University’s Prior Learning Assessment.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills to leverage your communications knowledge in the workforce.
These courses lay the foundation for all our degree programs. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in communication studies — they’re useful in daily life.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in and that build your personal brand, whether they’re related to your degree program or not. That means you’ll have a communications degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.
Select from a variety of courses that help lay the foundation for your degree program. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in the professional world — they’re useful in daily life.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Each course shows which in-demand skills are covered — so you know when you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills employers want.Learn more about skills-based learning
This course is an introduction to the field of communication with emphasis on the history of communication study, concepts important to all areas of communication, the contexts in which communication occurs, and the issues that must be faced by students of communication. The course serves as an introduction to the strands of communication: interpersonal, small groups and teams, mass communication, organizational, intercultural, and rhetoric.
Open-mindedness to different perspectives is important--but equally important is the ability to construct a valid argument in support of one's claim. This course covers key skills in reasoning, critical thinking, and persuasion used to effectively communicate. Topics include logical argumentation, rhetoric, persuasion, semantics, and perception.
This course is an introduction to the field of communication, with an emphasis on the history of communication study, concepts important to all areas of communication, the contexts in which communication occurs, and the issues that must be faced by students of communication. The course serves as an introduction to the strands of communication: interpersonal, small groups and teams, mass communication, organizational, intercultural, and rhetoric.
The communication technology used to convey a message can be just as important as the message itself. This course explores different forms of communication technologies available to support the exchange of information and interactions between people and organizations. Students will examine how to strategically write and structure communication using different technologies within a variety of environments.
This course examines communication principles and strategies for effective interpersonal, small-group, and team communication. Topics include collaboration, role definition, goal setting, leadership, and diversity.
This course introduces key media theories and practices and examines the history of mass communication and its influence on society. Topics covered include media literacy, propaganda, marketing, law, and ethics.
In this course, students will apply key communication strategies that support effective organizational communication. Topics include change management, training and development, operational transformation, and performance improvement.
With the introduction of the Internet and social media, the practice of journalism is in a state of transformation. This course covers key elements of investigative journalism, research, and news reporting across a variety of media outlets. Also covered are legal and ethical considerations related to the practice of journalism.
The emergence of social media has transformed how individuals, organizations, and entire industries communicate with one another. This course examines the evolution of social media technology and its influence on communication and behavior. Students will examine principles of visual communication, including the use of symbols and signs to communicate information.
This course introduces strategies used to shape public opinion, including image and brand management. Foundational principles of corporate and public relations and communication ethics are covered.
In this course, students will research and organize complex information for instructional and technical purposes. Students will also explore various technologies and editing processes used to clarify the delivery and display of information.
In a world rich in culture and diverse individual backgrounds, it is essential to understand principles of effective intercultural and global communication. In this course, students will examine the influence of society upon group behavior, cultural traditions, and communication practices, and will apply strategies to improve communication and competence across various intercultural environments and contexts.
Conflict and disagreements happen in every organization. This course examines conflict management and mediation strategies for a variety of situations that can be used to defuse tension and promote collaboration and compromise. Topics include communication law, negotiation, and diplomacy.
In this capstone course, students will integrate and apply their learning from throughout the program. Students will construct a comprehensive and strategic communication plan and evaluate its impact on organizational performance.
This course transitions students through the foundations of study at University of Phoenix. Students develop personal strategies for achieving educational goals and develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
This course provides an overview of the key components of comprehensive wellness. Based on a preventive model, the course will allow learners to explore choices that promote wellness with goals of living longer and better.
The course introduces theories and concepts in psychology that will foster academic success and provide students with opportunities to synthesize and apply that knowledge.
This course develops the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and life success.
Students learn how to think critically, focusing on developing the necessary tools and skills to analyze problems, make decisions, and formulate well-supported points of view on key academic, social, and professional issues.
This course extends practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking. Emphasis is given to developing an effective writing process that takes into account audience and rhetorical purpose.
This course introduces students to thinking about and working with numbers by examining the day-to-day and societal importance of money.
This course provides an applied approach to team building, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Students must understand and apply these concepts within academic and professional settings. Students develop structures, processes, and strategies to create and maintain effective teams. Gender, cultural, and individual considerations in team dynamics are also explored.
The course provides an introduction to the most prominent forms of media that influence and impact social, business, political, and popular culture in contemporary America. It explores the unique aspects of each medium as well as interactions across various media that combine to create rich environments for information sharing, entertainment, business, and social interaction in the United States and around the world.
This course will introduce students to the scientific principles that are required to identify environmental phenomenon. Students will explore the composition and processes of Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere to examine environmental impact and mitigation of environmental risk.
Students apply advanced quantitative reasoning skills to solve real-world problems. This course emphasizes modeling skills, statistical methods, and probability to create, analyze, and communicate solutions.
This applications-driven course prepares students to critically analyze and solve problems using quantitative reasoning. Students approach real-world scenarios using numerous reasoning skills and mathematical literacy to draw conclusions.
This course explores the rich field of management in theory and practice, and as both a science and an art. Students learn to apply management concepts to current workplace issues. Other topics include increasing competitive forces, expectations for successful performance of employees and organizations, and achieving desired business goals.
This course presents an analysis of product and brand management as it relates to the goods and services life cycle from conception to purchase. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to design and implement successful product and brand development strategies that deliver value to consumers.
This course explores the critical role of human resources in achieving business results. The course will help students to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of human resource management and its strategic relevance in business today. This course will provide students with a critical perspective on the development of human capital in the context of a unified system of attracting, retaining and developing talent that creates and supports the vision and values of the organization. Students will develop an understanding of the critical business implications for human resource professionals today.
This course will provide students with an overview of the role that business analytics has in the preparation and implementation of change management throughout a project. Students will examine the functions of change management to apply them to activities to meet the strategic and operational plans of an organization. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the importance of the integration of data and decision making on change processes and project management methodologies to implement changes throughout an organization. Focus will also be on managing change to ensure high performance, quality, and operational effectiveness.
This course provides an overview of the standard for project management, with a focus on project management principles and guidelines for strategic development, decision making, and problem solving. Students will examine contexts, factors, and functions related to value delivery, governance, project environments, and product management.
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for using innovative and creative thinking strategies to improve managerial decision making and problem solving. Emphasis is placed upon learning critical skills to identify and facilitate innovative behavior and collaboration within the organization that will increase sustainable business growth and strengthen abilities to respond to organizational changes and challenges. Course lectures, reading and projects span theory and practice and draw upon examples from multiple industry sectors.
This course provides an overview of negotiations in an organizational setting. Students learn negotiation processes and strategies, the role of stakeholder interests in negotiation, and how to apply these concepts to the workplace. Students also examine conflict management techniques and emerging negotiation trends in globalization and technology.
This course gives students the opportunity to integrate management concepts and practices to contemporary business strategies, while discussing the theories of strategic management. This course will focus on improving management decision-making and problem-solving skills. Students will create a strategic management plan. Special emphasis is placed on business ethics, sustainability, innovation, and the legal environment of business.
This course provides an overview of leadership theories, models, and principles. Students will gain insight into effective leadership attributes, leadership styles, organizational vision, corporate responsibility, and ethical practices.
In this course, students will examine practices used to engage, inspire, and successfully lead people and organizations, with a focus on motivation, behavioral management, employee development and empowerment, diversity, culture, and performance improvement.
Effective decision making takes a variety of perspectives and information into account, using reliable sources and reasoned approaches in support of an overall strategy. This course investigates business tactics and problem-solving techniques used in long- and short-term planning, organizational governance, innovation and creative disruption, and efficiency improvement. Topics include business model analysis and design, resource allocation, quality enhancement, contingency planning, and entrepreneurship.
Timely, informative, and inclusive communication is the cornerstone of successful leadership. In this course, students will examine communication techniques used to build organizational culture, improve customer experiences, and effectively negotiate, persuade, and inspire others.
This course provides an overview of operational and technological considerations involved in project management and organizational change. Topics include workflow management, technology integration, mentorship and succession planning, adaptability, and transformational leadership practices.
The applied leadership capstone provides students with an opportunity to integrate content from throughout the program and demonstrate vital leadership principles and skills.
Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for an online communications degree.
If you are located in Phoenix, this program may be offered as Blended. This means you’ll start at the Phoenix campus to complete your general education courses, and then transition to online learning for your core program courses.
When you earn your on-campus* or online communications degree you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.
You'll learn how to:
An online communications degree can prepare you to be a:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for media and communication occupations is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.
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Earn your degree faster, and for less, with eligible transfer credits.
Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit.
Your prior credits can cover up to 75% of your bachelor’s degree to help you graduate in as little as a year.
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When you pursue a Bachelor of Science in Communication program, you’ll work on developing verbal, written and multimedia skills. These skills can help you improve how you get your point across, whether that’s while talking with coworkers (interpersonal communication) or as a communications specialist for your company (organizational communications).
In our on-campus or online communications degree, you’ll also learn about theories of effective communication and have opportunities to demonstrate your skills through hands-on with projects, papers and assignments.
As a student in our communications degree program, you’ll learn skills that can help you prepare to be an editor, copywriter, media relations specialist or other communications specialist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, communication occupations are projected to grow 6% between 2021 to 2031.
University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org, since 1978.
Yes, you can choose to earn your Bachelor of Science in Communication degree in a completely online program that’s always on — 24/7/365. As a student in our online communications degree program, you’ll have all the support that comes with an on-campus course and greater flexibility in your schedule.
Our communications degree program is built from the ground up to help prepare you for a career in communications. Real-world faculty members bring an average of 26 years of working experience to the classroom, and the support and flexible schedule our online communications degree program offers are designed to fit your busy life.
*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.