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BA in Communications

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Communications prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program explores the various aspects of creating, transmitting and analyzing messages which flow among individuals, groups, organizations and societies. Students may focus on communications courses relating to oral communications and/or mass media communications. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in Communications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply communication concepts and theories to real world problems and issues within one or more communication industries.
  • Create messages adapted for the audience, context and purpose.
  • Critically analyze media messages.
  • Demonstrate communication technologies and techniques.
  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices.
  • Synthesize research within the communications field using quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

BA in Communications Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Communications 33
A. Required Courses 9
  • Communication Theory
  • Mass Communications I
  • Mass Communications II
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Communications Electives*
  • Broadcast and Cable Promotion
  • Broadcasting in America
  • Cinema Theory
  • Communications in the Digital Age
  • Communication Law
  • Communication Research
  • Debate
  • Film Styles and Genre
  • Interviewing
  • Journalism* *
  • Managerial Communications and Leadership Communications
  • Media in Communication
  • Motion Picture Productions
  • Non-Verbal Communications
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Radio News
  • Radio Production
  • Radio-Television Policies, Laws and Regulations
  • Small Group Communication
  • Survey of Cable Communications
  • Technical Writing
  • Telecommunication Processes and Policy
  • Television News
  • Television Production
  • Theories of Persuasion
  • Video Communication Theory
  • Voice and Diction
  • Voice Production
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
  • College Level Math is required.
III. Electives 27
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other communications courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note 1: Courses in speech needed to prepare students for college-level studies CANNOT be accepted toward Thomas Edison State University degree requirements.

Note 2: Courses in "Speaking English" for foreign students or students with disabilities may be free electives or remedial courses (developmental). Course descriptions will need to be reviewed. If course is remedial (developmental), it CANNOT be accepted toward Thomas Edison State University degree requirements.

Note 3: Degree candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Communications are advised to take Public Speaking in order to satisfy the General Education Oral Communications requirement.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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