Online Bachelor of Arts in Communication

BA in Communication Online

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Offered by:
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

Program at a Glance

  • 100 Percent Online
  • 120 credit hours (minimum)
  • Can be completed in four years

Estimated Cost

  • $240.12 Tuition
  • $2.70 Library Fee
  • $10.48 Network & Data Systems Fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee
*Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2016 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Department of Communication

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Communication is at the center of all governmental, business and media organizations.  Successful professionals in a knowledge-based, high-tech society need a background and an understanding of communication strategies that cross multiple message contexts and platforms. 

The nationally recognized Department of Communication offers this online degree program to engage you with the dynamics of interpersonal persuasion, the effects of media technologies, the nature of gender stereotypes, the function of roles within the family, the symbolic structure of organizational authority, and the impact of social movements.

Majors will explore a curriculum that uniquely blends personal, group, corporate, and social communication contexts and modern message technology and platforms. This program will prepare you for a variety of communication-related occupations, which continue to be in demand through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


What can I do with a communication degree?

  • Public relations
  • Media and social media consultation
  • Corporate training
  • Sales and management
  • Fundraising and development
  • Project management
  • Non-profit organization occupations
  • Municipal government occupations

The major in communication prepares you to interact with culturally diverse populations, use new media technologies, develop mass communication strategies in professional settings, participate in First Amendment issues, and become a critical consumer of mediated messages.


Requirements beyond the University core

  • 3 credit hours of mathematics (choose MATH 2003, 2043C, 2053C, 2183 or 2554C or STAT 2303)
  • 3 to 6 hours of a world language course or 6 hours from a single culture or world region
  • 9 hours of fine arts and humanities, including COMM 1003, Film Lecture
  • COMM 1023, Communication in a Diverse World
  • COMM 1233, Media, Community and Citizenship
  • COMM 1313, Public Speaking
  • COMM 2333, Introduction to Communication Research
  • 21 hours of COMM courses numbered 3000-4000
  • 9 additional hours of COMM electives, see Course Descriptions
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all Communication courses

See the University of Arkansas Catalog of Studies for University core requirements.