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Learn to Better Connect, Engage, and Motivate With a BS in Communication

No matter where life takes you, your success often depends on being able to communicate effectively. Walden’s BS in Communication program focuses on the practical tools you need to make your voice heard and your message understood. First, build a strong communication foundation that can enhance your personal and professional growth. Then, apply these principles to a program concentration that reflects your specific area of interest.

An online communication degree prepares students to write, share, and present ideas and messaging impactfully to their audience.

Why Choose Walden?

Build Actionable Skills

Apply theory to learn practical skills and concepts you can begin using immediately—at work and in your daily life.

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Get dedicated support, tuition savings,1 and resources if you have no prior college credits. Learn with other first-time college students.

Personalize Your Learning

Choose our General Program or one of three concentrations to build skills in an area you’re passionate about.

Explore Technology’s Impact

Learn how the technology we use for communicating is changing media, culture, business, and human behavior.

Learn From Actual Practitioners

Our BS in Communication faculty are active practitioners and thought leaders who bring real-world insights to the classroom.

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Program Details

Curriculum

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 quarter credits
    • General education courses: 46 cr.
    • Core Program Courses: 50 quarter credits
    • General Electives: 80 quarter credits
    • Capstone Course: 5 quarter credits

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits*. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

*Please note: Students that reside in Virginia may be eligible to transfer up to 125 credits. At least 55 credits must be completed at Walden.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-767-9522.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

Core Courses

COMM 1010
Introduction to Communication

The field of communication has grown exponentially in the last 100 years, as various contexts create and influence practice. Once focused only on public speaking, the communication field now encompasses many types of specialized applications, including health, small group, organizational, interpersonal, and intercultural. This class introduces students to foundations of communication, processes that influence communication, and characteristics of effective communication, and provides students the necessary base for success in subsequent communication courses and professional life.

(5 cr.)
COMM 1006
Stereotypes and Scandals: Exploring the Power of Mass Communication and Mass Media

Mass communication and mass media are such a normal part of people's daily lives that they sometimes don't give them the attention they deserve. The messages, images, and stories individuals see and hear influence and impact them in ways they may not understand. In this course students explore user-generated content, personal branding, and how the modern mass and social media has brought mass communication to almost everyone. Students also examine how political and social messages relate to fake news, and how they can be a part of social change.

Prerequisites

BS in Communication

  • COMM 1010

All Other Programs

  • None

(5 cr.)
COMM 1008
Interpersonal Communication for Personal and Professional Success

Effective interpersonal skills are in high demand with employers, necessary for productivity, and improve individuals' quality of life. Students in this course examine practical concepts and soft skills for personal and professional success. Students explore and discuss listening, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, communication styles, culture, giving and receiving feedback, and interaction in a variety of modalities. Using insights gained from their weekly assignments, students engage in a final project through which they can earn an interpersonal soft skills certificate.

Prerequisites

BS in Communication

  • COMM 1010

All Other Programs

  • None

(5 cr.)
COMM 2001
Dynamics of Group Communication

Now more than ever, organizations are looking for individuals who can work effectively in a group. Students delve into the concepts and strategies of effective group functioning while applying these concepts to a group experience. In addition, students examine research on groups and teams including the following topics: stages of team development, handling conflict effectively, communicating effectively through various modes, valuing diversity, the impacts of groupthink, and encouraging creativity.

Prerequisites

BS in Communication

  • COMM 1010

All Other Programs

  • None

(5 cr.)
COMM 2002
Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Whether you participate in training, a business meeting, or community event, being a skilled public speaker differentiates an uninteresting experience from an engaging one. Students in this course work to develop and enhance their ability and confidence in presentation skills, empathic listening, and critical thinking. Topics include developing content and organizing ideas using proven techniques for the oral delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Additional topics include audience analysis, critical listening and thinking, and the use of technology in presentations. In this course, students have an opportunity to improve their public communication skills, as well as plan, create, and deliver presentations.

Prerequisites

BS in Communication

  • COMM 1010

All Other Programs

  • None

Note: This course is delivered over a 6-week term but is equated to COMM 2002E, which is delivered in a 12-week term.

(5 cr.)
COMM 2005
Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling drives the Internet and communication. Writers tell stories on every blog, website, and social media post in the ever-expanding online, mobile environment. User-generated content, citizen journalists, vloggers, and influencers increasingly drive views and capture audiences. Students study the hallmarks of effective digital writing, including clear, concise language and ease of reading across multiple platforms and programs. Digital writing strategies and techniques are key, modern workplace skills, and this course provides engaging, real-world opportunities for students to develop their soft skill set.

Prerequisites

BS in Communication

  • COMM 1010

All Other Programs

  • None

(5 cr.)
COMM 3004
Communication Theory

There is nothing as practical as a good theory. The expanding field of communication has developed a number of theories that explain, predict, and recreate communication impacts. Some of these theories apply to their specific fields, while others have broader application across communication disciplines. Students in this course examine and apply a variety of communication theories within health, small group, organizational, public speaking, interpersonal, intercultural, traditional, and nontraditional contexts. This class assists students in creating, assessing, and choosing effective communication strategies suitable for a variety of contexts.

Prerequisites

  • COMM 1010

(5 cr.)
PREL 3001
Principles of Public Relations

How is communication conducted between a community and private entities and in what ways can this communication affect decision making and outcome of actions? Preparing students to answer such questions and to understand, appreciate, and apply the fundamentals of public relations (PR) is a goal of this course. Students learn about the relationships practitioners have with both internal and external communities who are affected by, and who affect, an organization's actions or planning. Students also build their command of the basic principles and practices of PR, while applying these concepts to real-world scenarios and a written plan that includes the various phases of the PR process.

Prerequisites

BS in Communication

  • COMM 1010

All Other Programs

  • None

(5 cr.)
COMM 4101
Organizational Communication

Students in this course work toward gaining skills to communicate effectively in a diverse, global environment. They examine the relationship of culture and personal identity to communication strategies. They also learn to distinguish the modes and styles of communication unique to their personal culture from the cultures of others; explain the theories of cultural differences; anticipate and overcome challenges in cross-cultural situations; and apply effective cross-cultural communication skills to academic, personal, and professional settings. Students engage in a final project through which they gain hands-on experience working with someone from another culture, acquiring practical skills to use in the 21-century global society.

Prerequisites

BS in Communication

  • COMM 1010

All Other Programs

  • None

(5 cr.)
COMM 4001
Intercultural Communication

Globalization has created a smaller world. Media, culture, commerce, new neighbors, and new family members have drastically increased interactions among culturally diverse people. In this global environment, people need to interact effectively with all types of people, cultures, and world views. In this course, students are provided tools for observing, evaluating, and understanding various cultures to communicate effectively with others. Students explore the impact of culture and personal identity on communication strategies. They distinguish the modes and styles of communication unique to their personal culture from the cultures of others. Students explain how theories of cultural differences can help to anticipate and overcome challenges in intercultural situations. In addition, students apply effective intercultural communication skills to academic, personal, and professional settings.

Prerequisites

BS in Communication

  • COMM 1010

All Other Programs

  • None

(5 cr.)

Electives

Choose 16 courses from general education, BS in Communication, other Walden bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate into Master’s (AIM) courses. At least 35 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher. Your elective credits should total 80 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone

COMM 4901
Communication Capstone

Students conclude their study in communications in this course as they integrate theory and practice developed throughout the program. Students create a comprehensive communications plan through which they apply concepts and tools appropriate to the needs of a chosen setting based on a thorough assessment of strategic direction, audience or market, advantages, weaknesses, obstacles, and opportunities.

Prerequisites

  • All required core and concentration courses

Note: Students complete this course after they meet all other requirements in the program.

(5 cr.)
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Admission Requirements

Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 21 years of age or older.
  • You are less than 21 years of age with at least 12 quarter credits.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Amount
Tuition 181 quarter credit hours $333 per quarter hour $60,273
Technology Fee Per quarter $165 $2,640


  $62,913*

*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 135 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0109.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Concentrations

Healing, Hierarchy, Healthcare, and Wholeness

Explore patient-provider interaction and the multiple levels of communication that occur within the healthcare setting.

Organizational Society, Branding, and Global Citizenship

Learn to leverage your communication skill set to foster positive employer-employee and organization-stakeholder relationships.

Possibilities, Problems, and the Human Condition

Learn to bridge gaps and build connections in small groups of people, where intimate interpersonal communication is essential.

Program Outcomes

Master the Science of Strategic Communication

In our online bachelor’s degree program, you’ll explore the role and power of communication throughout all facets of human interaction. Coursework covers topics such as interpersonal communication, group communication, digital storytelling, and intercultural communication. Learn what it takes to create a personal identity, sell ideas to others, speak persuasively in public, and analyze messages from mass media. Build a highly transferable skill set that benefits you both in your personal life and in your career endeavors.

Career Outlook

Communication plays a central role in creating and sustaining interpersonal relationships, organizations, cultures, and global societies. In the age of digitization and automation, communicating clearly and making meaningful human connections has become even more important.

An online bachelor’s in communication degree equips you with a practical, versatile skill set that’s in demand and applicable across all industries. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Job Outlook 2021, employers rank written and verbal communication skills among the most important attributes they look for in a job candidate.2 And employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow 14% through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.3

Career options may require additional experience, training, licensure, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online communication degree program.

Employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow

14%

through 2030.3

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s BS in Communication program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Articulate the importance of thoughtful message creation and delivery in personal, family, work, social, political and community life.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills to effectively receive, process, and respond to verbal and nonverbal communication delivered through various communication channels.
  • Identify the influences that organizational and societal structures, practices, and paradigms have on access to communication modalities, as well as the content of messages delivered in social media, political discourse, mass communication and interpersonal interactions.  
  • Evaluate the implications of ethical choices in a situation and their impact on the communication process and outcomes for all stakeholders.
  • Synthesize diverse contexts and worldviews into effective communication practices accommodating difference, demonstrating respect for diversity and uniqueness, and creating opportunities for collaboration.
  • Distinguish among communication platforms and approaches to select those most appropriate for delivery of a specific message to a target audience.  

Resources

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Marcia Dawkins

    Senior Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Dawkins is an award-winning communication professor who has taught on two continents. She has written four books, including Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, Eminem: The Real Slim Shady, and Midnight Musings: Explorations in Public Speaking.

  • Cliff Bridges

    Contributing Faculty

    Bridges is an award-winning communications and PR leader with significant experience building and enhancing visibility, branding, and growth for varied organizations. He has innovated products and created/implemented marketing communications that meet the needs of diverse marketplaces.”

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