Overview

Are you interested in writing? How about media? Do you love building and maintaining relationships? Then a degree in Communication might just be perfect for you. 

CU Denver’s online Bachelor’s degree in Communication will allow you to deepen your understanding of the political, social, cultural, global, and historical aspects of communication. 

We pride ourselves on educating and training students to be effective communicators, leaders, and advocates in whatever industry they enter. Not only will you gain broad theoretical knowledge, you’ll also get practical, hands-on experience that will help you learn to implement what you learn in the classroom in the real world.

Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career upon graduation or going to graduate school, CU Denver’s online BA in Communication can help you get there. The skills you learn from our program include writing, speaking, interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, analysis, and teamwork skills. This skill set is valuable to both employers, as communication is essential to success in the workplace, and graduate schools, as learning to express yourself will help you be a better student who can more effectively express their ideas.

 

Program Details

A BA in Communication will help you develop knowledge and skills that are required for many different fields including: 

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Digital media
  • Healthcare
  • Human resources
  • International relations
  • Journalism and media writing
  • Education
  • Public service and government
  • Public relations and strategic communication
  • Politics
  • Marketing
  • Media relations and many more!

Additionally, CU Denver’s online BA in Communication has a strong focus on experiential learning. We encourage you to take your learning outside of the classroom and into the community. Our students regularly work on different social justice issues and become strong leaders and advocates working towards social justice reform. So not only are you learning essential skills including writing, speaking, and critical thinking, you’re also given the opportunity to take your skills and knowledge into the real world and contribute to society in a positive and productive manner.

Interested in a more specialized degree program? We’ve designed several communication pathways that you can use to customize your degree based on your interests:  

Community Service and Public Affairs

The Community Service & Public Affairs pathway offers a variety of courses meant to build the skills and experiences needed to practice communication for the common good. This pathway offers the opportunity for students to learn about and practice leadership and learn how to handle conflict in real world situations. Whether you’re interested in working in the public sector or for a private sector organization that helps fight for social justice, this pathway can set you up to make a difference in your community.

Global & Intercultural Communication

Maybe you’re interested in learning about communication from a global level? The Global & Intercultural Communication pathway is perfect for that. Not only will you learn the basics of communication, you’ll delve deep into the importance of communication on a global scale and how it affects international and intercultural relationships. If you’re interested in travel or working for a global organization, this the pathway for you.

Media & Cultural Studies

The media contributes a lot to both how we communicate and how we perceive communications in the modern world. The Media & Cultural Studies pathway examines how a broad range of communication technologies impact our cultural as well as our personal and professional lives. Whether you’re interested in a career in a media-related field or just learning more about media so that you can be a more critical media consumer, this pathway will help you get there. We’ll examine media from contexts including public relations, advertising, politics, and public advocacy, among others.

Health Communication

Communication is of the utmost importance in the healthcare field. This pathway helps students understand how health communications are cultivated, negotiated, and understood across a wide range of communication contexts. This is a great pathway for students who are interested in a career in health and medicine.

 

In addition to arranging coursework in pathways, we also offer two certificate programs at the BA level, both of which can be earned online as of Fall 2018. They are a certificate in Mediation and a certificate in Strategic Communication.

Unsure whether you’re interested in a fully online degree program? Maybe you’re more interested in just taking a couple classes here or there online. No problem! We’re happy to help you design a hybrid degree program that allows you to take some classes on campus and other’s online.

You can also minor in communication or pair your major with a certificate in mediation or strategic communication. 

Tuition and Fees

Inventing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus! Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in.

Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. For more information or to view exact rates, please visit the Bursar's website.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

 
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Timeline

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication requires a total of 120 credits, including 39 Communication credits (13 courses) consisting of:

 

  • 12 credits comprised of required core courses

  • 24 credits comprised of Pathway Areas courses

  • 3 credits comprised of an exit course

 

At least 21 of the 39 hours must be upper division (3000-4000 level) courses.

In addition to the required communication courses, CU Denver has a set of core university requirements for all undergraduates including courses in:

 

  • Humanities

  • Social sciences

  • Behavioral sciences

  • Natural/physical sciences

  • Mathematics (competency can be demonstrated through testing or coursework)

  • Writing (competency can be demonstrated through testing or coursework)

 

Interested in earning academic credit while actually working in the communication field? An internship can help you do so! CU Denver’s communication internship course is designed to assist you in applying your accumulated communication knowledge and skills, in gaining practical, curriculum-related experience, and in preparing you to excel in professional, real-world settings.

 

This course was designed to help you combine your knowledge of communication concepts, principles, and practices with hands-on experience in a communication-related field. You will also walk away with materials for a professional portfolio, the ability to create a portfolio and critically assess your knowledge and skills and the ability to identify your strengths and weaknesses.


Looking for more information? Check out our Communication Road Map.

Admissions

Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by visiting the CU Denver admissions website and start your application today!

Career Outlook

Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication have a very wide range of career opportunities available to them. With skills that translate well to a variety of industries and careers, there are countless jobs available to these graduates. 

Here are some of the top career opportunities that you could expect after graduation and their starting median annual salaries:

  • Human Resources, $54,075
  • Public Relations Specialist, $46,718
  • Advertising Executive, $45.721
  • Event Planner, $45,406

Courses

Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year - fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off! 

View the CU Denver academic calendar.

View the academic catalog for course information.

Program Resources: BA in Communication Blog

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