Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

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Online, In-Class or Blended?

Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Course Length: 7 Weeks
Total Credit Hours: 44
Cost Per Credit Hour: $420


best online programsCommunication drives modern business in a global economy. Develop stronger, better-rounded communication skills that can help you deliver results in a fast-paced, ever-changing workforce through Concordia University, St. Paul’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.

The 44-credit hour program is centered on rigorous and applicable curriculum that addresses interpersonal, public, group, family, organizational, intercultural and mass communication theory and applications. Through this program, students are better prepared to meet the challenges of the modern business and media environment. Students can complete the program in an accelerated seven-week format.

Students must complete an eight credit internship. The metropolitan area provides vast internship opportunities in media and business.

Students with an interest in media and business communications will find fulfillment in Concordia University, St. Paul’s communication studies program.

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Group Comm & Facilitation

Students study and practice communication in small discussion and task groups.  Topics include leadership and facilitation of groups as well as group dynamics.  Group activities include problem solving discussions and task completion.  Course units include goal setting, cohesion and norms, power, leadership, decision-making and problem solving, conflict and facilitating task and interpersonal relations in face-to-face groups. (Prerequisite: COM103)


Public Speaking & Performance

Students prepare and deliver various types of public performances including speeches and oral interpretation. The evaluation and criticism of speeches is studied. Videotape helps students adjust to their performance style and improve presentation delivery. Course units include speech construction, presentation and delivery, audience and text analysis, informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches as well as visual aid construction. (COM212 is one of the two choices for the communication general education requirement for all students. It is also a prerequisite for all communication majors.)


Mass Communication

Students study and learn to critically appraise various media by exploring the weaknesses and strengths of each.  The content of the course includes history of the traditional mass media as well as an exploration of contemporary social media, advertising, public relations, media law and regulation, media ethics, and social responsibility.  Video projects develop basic skills of digital image gathering, editing, and distribution.  (Prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)


Intercultural Communication

Students explore the principles and processes of communication between cultures. Course topics include intercultural communication models, the impact of different cultural patterns on the communication process, the anthropological concept world view and its impact on intercultural communication, detection of communication problems in intercultural situations, gender and diversity issues in intercultural communication, and constructing valid strategies for communicating interculturally. (Prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)


Family Communication

Students examine communication patterns in functional families and interpersonal relationships. Reading and discussion are combined with experiential activities. Course units include diverse family systems, health communication, communicating with aging family members and those with disabilities, communication patterns, family roles, power, decision-making, conflict, stress and coping, ecology, and improving family communication. (Prerequisites: COM103 and COM212)


Organizational Communication

Students examine theories of communication systems, processes and assumptions in organization structures. Topics include roles, relationships and responsibilities of individuals within organizations as well as skills in and applications of organizational communication, including communication audits. Interviewing skills in the various demands of organizations will be examined and practiced. Values and ethical communication behaviors are explored through a variety of activities including case studies and self-assessments. Exploration of crisis communication strategies and their effectiveness in organizational image restoration are examined.


Communication Research Methods

Basic quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods are applied to communication studies. The course includes question construction, survey research and design, experimental design, quantitative content analysis and comparisons, and qualitative analysis of participant observation, interviewing and focus group methodology. Critical studies and approaches in the field of communication will be discussed. This course is a prerequisite for COM442 because it implements the research proposal. (Prerequisites: COM103, COM212, COM205, COM222, COM309)


Communication Theory

Students study and apply theories to human communication including interpersonal and public communication, small groups, mediated communication, persuasion, gender studies, as well as work, friend, and marital relationships. Perspectives on and methods of critical inquiry and research are an integral part of the course content. Research projects are presented to the rest of the class as well as submitted to professional organizations for review. COM442 implements the research proposal developed in COM441. COM442 and COM443 are intended to be a year-long capstone sequence.


Persuasive Communication

Students study and apply persuasive communication theories to the study and analysis of communication events including speeches, posters, films, campaigns, television programs, advertising, social media and other forms of public communication. Students examine the ways in which beliefs, values, attitudes, and behavior are deliberately affected through various forms of human and electronic communication. The major project is an application of theory and research. Research projects may be submitted to professional organizations or an online journal for review. COM442 and COM443 are intended to be a year-long capstone sequence.


Communication Internship

Students participate in a variety of internship programs in such experiences as editing, publishing, broadcasting, television, human resources, and public relations under the supervision of Communication faculty. Internships are tailored to the needs, interests, and career aspirations of the student. Portfolios, learning logs, and meetings with the internship faculty supervisor are required for all internships. (Prerequisites: COM103, COM205, COM212, COM222, COM325, ENG120 and permission of communication faculty advisor)


Social Media & Public Relation

Students develop an understanding of the theory and strategic management of social media especially in the public relations context.  By analyzing history, tactics and current trends, students learn how the public relations process and the goal of relationship building with various stakeholders is impacted by various social media applications.  Students also become acquainted with social media tactics in various professional settings. (Prerequisites: COM102, COM212, COM222)


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2. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
* If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
* If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.

3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below.  Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

What has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree?
What are your long term personal and professional goals?

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Start Dates

Spring 2015 Term

Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Tuesday
Class Time: 7-8 p.m. CST

Summer 2015 Term

Start Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Tuesday
Class Time: 7-8 p.m. CST


*128 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor's degree