Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree

Earn a bachelor's degree in communication studies—one of the degrees most sought after by employers—and prepare for a career in the ever-growing media landscape.

Whether you’re interested in journalism, public relations, photography, business, or online communications, you can build a firm base of knowledge while you earn a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at UMUC.

You’ll learn to apply communication theories to both personal and professional situations, developing the “soft skills” that workplaces demand, along with communication techniques. In addition, you’ll learn to work with individuals and groups professionally and manage communications within ethical, legal, and financial parameters.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree

Developed in conjunction with employers, the communication studies program offers a balance of theoretical knowledge and sophisticated communication skills. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how people create and use messages to generate meaning within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The multidisciplinary curriculum covers speech communication, mass communication and new media, journalism, public relations, business writing, and technical writing.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply analytical skills in interpreting, using, and delivering information, particularly through mass media
  • Create professional and appropriate written, oral, and visual communications for specific purposes and diverse audiences
  • Design, create, and select multimedia components and integrate them into print, broadcast, and online formats
  • Work with individuals and groups in ways that reflect an understanding of both communication theory and professional expectations
  • Understand diverse and intercultural perspectives as they affect communication
  • Design and employ specific research methods and tools to gather information

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write a speech for a hypothetical executive and organization
  • Write news articles in various journalistic styles
  • Write a comprehensive public relations plan and create messages targeting specific audiences
  • Develop a portfolio of photo essays

Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in communication studies requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

Computing Courses

Electives

The bachelor's degree in communication studies requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a career in mass media, new media, journalism, public relations, photography, business, or online communication.