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Strategize and deploy effective communications in current-day digital environments, social media platforms, and crisis and persuasion scenarios.

Students will graduate with an understanding of information management, public relations, social media messages, crisis communications and issues management, and advocacy -- all areas where organizations need expertise to manage their reputations and relationships. A Communication specialization will lead graduates to careers in public affairs, political arenas, non-profit organizations, and internal and external corporate communications.



This program consists of five lower-division courses, for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • COM303 Professional Communication
    Students will learn public speaking and writing skills for use in the business world. Combining communication theory and skills, students will be able to strategically manage their own communication strategies for success in employment and career building. The course has three components: public speaking, managerial writing, and career growth. Students will master verbal strategies such as elevator pitches; traditional correspondence; electronic and social media writing; and career growth communication, including employment-seeking writing, portfolio building. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • COM322 Persuasive Campaigns
    In this class, students will learn about current-day work in persuasion and advocacy across health communication, corporate communication, human resources, advertising, public relations, interactive media, and media studies. To understand the relationships between theory, research, and practice, students will develop a campaign proposal that is grounded in both academic and original research. Students work collaboratively to create the proposal, which will be a professional document for a portfolio or can be developed as an applied project in advocacy within a field.
  • COM400 Crisis Communication & Issues Management
    This 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. This course is a replacement course for COM400 – Strategic Communication as of the 19-20 Fall Trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses. Recommended Prior Course: COM335 (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • COM420 Strategic Communication of Data Analytics
    This course teaches the important skills of distinguishing types of data and communicating scientific and mathematical information in presentations by visualizing data. Students will learn ways to systematically collect, analyze, and interpret data, then translate technical, data-driven information to a lay audience. Students will examine how data analytics contributes to the formulation of policy decisions and the subsequent communication to stakeholders. Students will recognize how analytics applies to return on investment (ROI) within any career or field. Students prepare presentations using narrative strategies to create compelling, interesting talks based on data.
  • COM340 Social Media and Public Relations
    This course examines the strategic use of social media for public communication. The course applies classic and contemporary theory to new media and technologies. Students will understand the practical knowledge and insights required to establish objectives and strategies, properly select social media platforms to engage publics, and monitor and measure the results of these efforts. This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)


A specialization in Communication pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider an Undergraduate Specialization

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can customize your degree to meet your professional goals and personal interests. With just five additional, lower-division courses, you can earn a specialization along with your bachelor’s degree. Similar to a minor, or degree concentration, an undergraduate specialization lets you explore a second area of interest. Provide proof that you’re dedicated and invested in the career you want with additional skills in the field.

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