College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Are you interested in writing? How about media? Do you love building and maintaining relationships? Then, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication might just be perfect for you.
CU Denver’s online bachelor’s degree in communication will allow you to deepen your understanding of the political, social, cultural, global and historical aspects of communication.
We pride ourselves on educating and training students to be effective communicators, leaders and advocates in whatever industry they enter. Not only will you gain broad theoretical knowledge, but you’ll also get practical, hands-on experience that will help you implement what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career upon graduation or going to graduate school, CU Denver’s online BA in Communication can help you get there. The skills you learn from our program include writing, speaking, interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, analysis and teamwork skills. This skill set is valuable to both employers and graduate schools, as effectively expressing ideas communication is essential to success in the workplace and the classroom.
A BA in Communication will help you develop knowledge and skills that are required for many different fields, including:
Additionally, CU Denver’s online BA in Communication has a strong focus on experiential learning. We encourage you to take your learning outside of the classroom and into the community. Our students regularly work on different social justice issues and become strong leaders and advocates working towards social justice reform. So not only are you learning essential skills including writing, speaking, and critical thinking, you’re also given the opportunity to take your skills and knowledge into the real world and contribute to society in a positive, productive manner.
Interested in a more specialized degree program? We’ve designed several communication pathways that you can use to customize your degree based on your interests. Pathways include:
Community Service and Public Affairs
The Community Service & Public Affairs pathway offers a variety of courses meant to build the skills and experiences needed to practice communication for the common good. This pathway offers the opportunity for students to enhance leadership skills and practice how to handle conflict in real-world situations. Whether you’re interested in working in the public sector or for a private organization that helps fight for social justice, this pathway can set you up to make a difference in your community.
Are you interested in learning about communication from a global level? The Global & Intercultural Communication pathway is perfect for that. Not only will you learn the fundamentals of communication, but you’ll also delve deep into the importance of communication on a global scale and discover how it affects international and intercultural relationships. If you’re interested in travel or working for a global organization, this the pathway for you.
The media contributes a lot to both how we communicate and how we perceive communications in the modern world. The Media & Cultural Studies pathway examines how a broad range of communication technologies impact our cultural, personal
and professional lives. Whether you’re interested in a career in a media-related field or you want to learn how to be a more critical media consumer, this pathway will help you get there. We’ll examine media from
contexts including public relations, advertising, politics and public advocacy, among others.
Communication is of the utmost importance in the health care field. This pathway helps students understand how health communications are cultivated, negotiated and understood across a wide range of communication contexts. This is a great pathway for students who are interested in a career in health and medicine.
In addition to arranging the communication major coursework in pathways, CU Denver offers a minor in communication and two certificate programs at the BA level, both of which can be earned online as of Fall 2018. If you're interested in specializing your degree further, you can choose to pair your major with a certificate in mediation or strategic communication.
Unsure whether you’re interested in a fully online degree program? Maybe you’re more interested in just taking a couple classes here or there online. No problem! We’re happy to help you design a hybrid degree program that allows you to take some classes on campus and others online.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non-resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus! Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in.
Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. For more information or to view exact rates, please visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
This course was designed to help you combine your knowledge of communication concepts, principles and practices with hands-on experience in a communication-related field. You will also walk away with the ability to create a professional portfolio and critically assess your knowledge and skills, the materials you'll need to build your professional portfolio and the ability to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication requires a total of 120 credits, including 39 Communication credits (13 courses) consisting of:
At least 21 of the 39 Communication credit hours must be upper division (3000-4000 level) courses.
In addition to the required communication courses, CU Denver has a set of core university requirements for all undergraduates, including courses in:
Interested in earning academic credit while actually working in the communication field? An internship can help you do so! CU Denver’s communication internship course is designed to assist you in applying your accumulated communication knowledge and skills, in gaining practical, curriculum-related experience, and in preparing you to excel in professional, real-world settings.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student.
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication have a very wide range of career opportunities available to them. With skills that translate well to a variety of industries and careers, there are countless jobs available to these graduates.
Here are some of the top career opportunities that you could expect after graduation and their starting median annual salaries:
Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year — fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off!
COMM 1001 — Public Speaking
COMM 1011 — Fundamentals of Communication
COMM 1021 — Introduction to Media Studies