Get the effective communication skills you need in today’s global society. You'll learn a variety of messaging techniques and communication best practices.
You have a way with words, and you can get a clear message across, so why not use your talent to master communication, an essential skill vital to any organization’s overall success? Learn oral and written communication, mass communication, new media, public relations, technical writing, and the skills you need to be an effective communicator for an organization.
As you earn your online bachelor's degree in communications, you will gain a knowledge base of critical thinking and strategic communication skills that apply to everyday business life. You'll also explore interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication; evaluate diversity, as well as the ethical and legal affects on communication; and learn to create communication pieces to send out to audiences.
We understand the sacrifice needed to invest in your education, so our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates, no out-of-state tuition, and tuition guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled. Find out how you can earn your online bachelor’s degree in communication without breaking the bank.
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CSU-Global’s accredited online bachelor’s degree in communication is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the communications field. The program consists of 12 three-credit core courses as part of a full 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Maximize your transfer credits and take advantage of our alternative credit options to finish faster and for less!
- ORG300: Applying Leadership PrinciplesThis required first course for all majors (undergraduate level) provides an overview of leadership basics. In the context of studying at CSU-Global, students will develop strategies for success in the online learning environment.
- COM301: Research and Writing for the Communication ProfessionalThis course is designed to help students develop a writing style that is unified, clear, coherent, and effective. As an applied writing course, students will use scenarios to become competent in the skills of business and academic writing. On completion of this course, students should be able to create a variety of writing formats, apply grammar skills, and exhibit effective research techniques and formatting practices.
- COM305: Communication in the Global Information AgeThis course brings historical and theoretical perspectives to bear on the exploration of practices in the digital media environment. From interpersonal exchanges to organizational interactions to global culture, economy, and politics, the possibilities and practices associated with how digital media are influencing the world of communication will be explored. Finally, in this course students will examine the impact and implications digital media have on our contemporary communication approaches.
- COM310: Interpersonal CommunicationThis course examines interpersonal communication within work, family, and social contexts. The course will focus on message development, delivery, listening skills, feedback, causes for communication breakdowns, and other variables impacting the interpersonal communication process.
- COM315: Intercultural CommunicationThis course explores issues related to intercultural communication, including various theoretical and practical aspects of how culture influences communication. We will consider the important roles of context (social, cultural, and historical) in intercultural interactions. By applying and considering various approaches to the study of intercultural communication, we will also come to appreciate the complexity and dialectical tensions involved in intercultural interactions. The course will also apply intercultural communication theories to practical situations (organizations, relationships, business, etc.). This learning process should enhance self-reflection, flexibility, and sensitivity in intercultural communication.
- COM325: Mass Communication and SocietyCOM325 Mass Communication and Society provides a critical examination of the influence and power of media upon culture and society. Mass communication institutions and their products affect how we perceive reality, influence our priorities, shape our identities, and frame our views of the world around us. Alternately the media are both shaped by our society and culture and tools in the hands of the audiences that use them.
- COM335: Foundations of Strategic CommunicationThis course is designed to introduce students to an understanding of strategic communication from a theoretical and strategic management perspective. In addition this course introduces students to the practical writing skills associated with entry-level strategic communications practice. Students will be exposed to different forms and styles of strategic writing and how these communication activities are guided by theory.
- COM400: Strategic CommunicationThis course introduces students to the heart of strategic communication: organizational reputation and relationship management. Students will apply and expand theory to practice by learning how to make, justify, and assess the impact of organizational decisions on internal and external relationships, corporate image, reputation, ethics, and trust.
- HRM425:Managing and Leading Team DynamicsExplore the development, organization, and leadership of teams in both traditional and virtual settings. Develop key skills and a working knowledge of team creation, management, and individual roles within the team.
- COM425: Communication Conflict and PersuasionThis course examines communication and conflict in intrapersonal, interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational contexts. Topics covered include conflict styles and strategies for conflict resolution, including collaboration, mediation, and negotiation. The course also considers the role of persuasion in the management of conflict, particularly its role in successful negotiation. Major theories of conflict resolution and persuasion are also addressed. Recommended Prior Courses: COM310 and COM315
- COM455: Technical CommunicationThis course emphasizes the strategies and formats required for effective written communication in professional and technical fields. The course requires students develop clear, concise writing strategies in various formats (including manuals, proposals, statements, and white papers) geared to appropriate audiences, as well as the use of graphics and technology to effectively communicate technical information. Recommended Prior Course: COM300
- COM480: Capstone – Applied Communication StrategiesIn this capstone course, students will engage in discussions and complete assignments that address the program outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Communication. Students will demonstrate what was learned throughout the communication studies program by applying leadership, critical-thinking, problem-solving and creativity skills to real-world situations, leading to concrete career opportunities. The course will include using the resources available in the CSU-Global Career Center, culminating in developing a career plan and resume.Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses
- COM495: Communications PracticumThis is an optional course designed for students to demonstrate program outcomes learned in the B.S. in Communication under the supervision of both faculty and organizational personnel. Assignments are designed to combine theory and professional practice and include weekly journals, a mid-term conference with the instructor, faculty internship coordinator, and on-site supervisor, as well as a final report reviewing the internship experience. Prerequisite: COM301
You can customize your online degree in communication by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of five upper-division courses (15 credit hours) in a more specific area of interest. A specialization is not required to complete a bachelor’s degree, but it is an ideal way to tailor your educational experience to your professional goals and personal interests.
Explore Your Specialization Options for Your B.S. in Communication:
- Business AdministrationThe Business Administration program is ideally suited for students interested in pursuing a career in business operations and management. Professionals in this field include department managers, accountants, consultants, executives, directors, and more.
- Criminal ForensicsThe Criminal Forensics program is ideal for students interested in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue or advance a career as a medical examiner, crime analyst, criminal investigator, or similar position in this exciting field.
- Criminal Justice ManagementThe criminal justice field includes careers in security, the court system, corrections, forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Justice Management program provides advanced leadership skills to further one’s professional development in these areas.
- CriminologyThe Criminology program focuses on the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the legal system. Students pursuing a career in law enforcement, social work, forensics, welfare, pathology, probation, or other public safety positions will gain a competitive advantage through the Criminology program.
- Data Management and AnalysisThe Data Management and Analysis program is designed for students interested in careers related to information systems and networking. Professionals interested in the information technology field who desire in-depth knowledge of how to manage enterprise data should consider this program.
- Emergency ManagementWhile emergency situations cannot always be avoided, proper critical response and preparation can drastically improve public safety. The Emergency Management program provides professionals, including safety directors, emergency specialists, consultants, analysts, and direct responders, with the skills necessary in a wide array of emergencies.
- FinanceGain insight and professional skills with regards to the bottom line through this program in finance. Career opportunities exist for accountants, investment bankers, payroll specialists, analysts, auditors, controllers, and more in this exciting field of study.
- Foundations of AccountingThis program provides business principles and other applied skills in the area of accounting to assist professionals at all levels. In addition to accountants and CPAs, this program provides financial understanding for budget and cost analysts, payroll specialists, auditors, tax consultants, advisors, managers, and more.
- Healthcare InformaticsThe Healthcare Informatics program is ideal for healthcare administrators and other professionals who are interested in the effective management of data and information within a global and technology-rich environment.
- Healthcare ManagementThe Healthcare Management program provides professionals in clinics, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, research facilities, and more with the focused training required to handle the unique management challenges of the healthcare industry. This program gives students a competitive edge in an ever-changing field.
- Human Resources and Organizational DevelopmentStudents interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources should consider adding this specialization to their bachelor’s degree coursework. It provides a background in personnel management, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. When completed as part of the B.S. in Business Management degree, this specialization aligns with educational standards from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
- Information Technology ManagementAs technology continues to advance, the need for qualified IT managers grows as well. Through the Information Technology Management Specialization, students gain the administrative knowledge needed to meet the demands of corporate technology systems including problem solving, resource allocation, networking, security, and more.
- Information Technology OperationsThis program provides a basic understanding of technology operations, networking, problem-solving, development, and more. Professionals interested in careers that require knowledge of information technology, including administrators, department managers, system analysts, and more, will benefit from this program.
- Intelligence and Homeland SecurityThe Intelligence and Homeland Security program is ideal for anyone interested in a career focused on the protection of the United States against foreign and domestic threats.
- MarketingStudents interested in the global field of marketing will benefit from this specialization, which includes promotion, creative services, public relations, research, consulting, communications, advertisement, strategy, branding, and much more. The Marketing program provides the tools necessary to be successfully employed in many areas within this field.
- Operations Management and SupervisionThe Operations Management and Supervision program is ideal for students who pursue careers in logistics or manufacturing and production. These courses provide knowledge and skills to improve efficiency, efficacy, and performance in organizational operations.
- Organizational LeadershipIf you wish to advance into a management role in your organization or further your management skills as they apply to staff, effective decision making, strategic communication, and more you should consider the Organizational Leadership program in addition to your your bachelor’s degree major or as a certificate of completion.
- Professional SalesThe Professional Sales program is ideal for students interested in advancing their knowledge of sales and learning best practices for conducting business in today’s dynamic marketplace.
- Project ManagementStudents interested in project management should consider this program to gain comprehensive theories and concepts on how to improve organizational efficiency and performance on a per project basis. Ideal for both Project Management Professionals (PMP) and those interested in entering this growing field.
- Public AdministrationStudents interested in pursuing a career in government, public management, foreign services, nonprofit, security, regulatory boards, and others at the global, national, state, or local level will gain a competitive advantage with a public administration program.
- Public and Non-Profit ManagementStudents interested in careers within the public and non-profit sectors should consider pursuing a specialization or certificate of completion in Public and Non-Profit Management. This program provides students with management and decision-making abilities necessary within these organizations.
- Small Business and EntrepreneurshipStudents who have a desire to work with a start up business or manage their own entrepreneurial enterprises will gain the variety of skills necessary to be successful through this specialization.
To ensure that you are learning the communication practices most relevant today, all courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.
Program Coordinator B.S. in Communication
Dr. Lori Poole
Dr. Lori Poole worked in the corporate communications and advertising arena for more than a decade before moving to Denver to pursue her Ph.D. in human communication.
In addition to teaching college classes, Dr. Poole is also a freelance researcher, writer, and designer. Dr. Poole received her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Denver, with a focus on forgiveness among friends. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in public relations/journalism and an M.A. in communication, and also received a B.A. in art studio with a concentration in graphic design/photography from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.