Communication, BA - Online Program

Communication, BA

Online Program

Program Delivery


Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

All required classes are offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. A range of elective classes is also available online each semester. Most classes are offered in an eight-week format (or shorter) to allow you to complete your degree sooner.

All courses are taught by the same high-quality professors and instructors who teach the corresponding in-seat classes, and all online bachelor’s program instructors have completed specialized training to ensure you receive a rigorous and quality education.

Focus of Study

There are 2 options to complete your Communication degree online:

  • Applied Digital Media Studies

The Applied Media Studies track focuses on the understanding of media, culture, and society, as well as their inter-relationships.  The pervasiveness of media in our everyday lives and their powerful effects on individuals, society, and culture underscore the importance of this area of study.  By focusing on research, theory, and practice, graduates from this track can go on to work in the media industry or user experience firms, with government or international agencies, or continue their education in graduate school. 

In the required courses, you will: explore media theories and research dealing with the social and psychological effects of media, learn how to conduct research, and critically analyze media content.  Furthermore, in the foundation courses, you will study the history and criticism of media; media production; and applied areas of media studies, such as advertising and health communication.

  • Professional Communication in the Digital, Virtual World

The study of professional communication includes leadership, organizational communication, and strategic communication.  You will learn about leadership theories and models, including how leadership functions in today’s collaborative digital environment. The organizational component provides students an in-depth understanding of communication in teams, organizational culture and identity, and training and consulting in a diverse global and digital workplace.  The strategic communication components address trends in public relations, marketing communication, and the functions of social media in professional settings. 

Professional communication is directly relevant to a variety of sectors, fields, and occupations, including entrepreneurship and independent consulting, and social media in professional settings.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication requires the following:

  • A minimum of 39 credit hours of COMM coursework. At least 18 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher).
  • At least 30 hours of COMM courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all COMM coursework.
  • No more than 60 credit hours of COMM coursework may apply to the bachelor’s degree.
  • All graduating Communication majors, must submit a Communication ePortfolio before graduation. See the COMM ePortfolio webpage for more information.

Program Coursework

For program coursework, please visit the UCCS Academic Catalog.

Admissions Details