Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies online

Improve your interpersonal and business communication skills to be more effective when interacting with others.

Apply by: 10/12/21
Start class: 11/1/21

Program Overview

Take a closer look at William Paterson’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

$350 Per Credit Hour
120* Credit Hours

Improve your ability to interact personally and professionally while earning your degree with the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. The curriculum is designed to build your competency in communicating and collaborating with the people in your life from co-workers and customers to friends and family.

Learn to communicate effectively in written and oral mediums as well as to work in teams, respond to others, and communicate among diverse cultures. You will gain the knowledge needed to enhance collaboration and understanding through persuasion, language, and managing conflict with tools including writing, public speaking, and technology. In the capstone project, you will tie together what you learned through an in-depth study in an area of your interest and how communication plays a role.

Graduates of the BA - Communication Studies program will:

  • Understand the importance of interpersonal sensitivity and mutual respect
  • Understand and acknowledge diverse opinions, cultures, and individual differences
  • Understand the role of emotions and behaviors in building productive relationships
  • Apply productive work ethics and habits
  • Use collaboration, teamwork, and group presentation skills
  • Exercise research skills in gathering and assessing relevant information, and analyzing and integrating information
  • Determine goals, develop plans, make ethical decisions, solve problems, and articulate ideas with individuals and groups
  • Understand how to resolve conflict
  • Understand the importance of interpersonal sensitivity and mutual respect
  • Understand and acknowledge diverse opinions, cultures, and individual differences
  • Understand the role of emotions and behaviors in building productive relationships
  • Apply productive work ethics and habits
  • Use collaboration, teamwork, and group presentation skills
  • Exercise research skills in gathering and assessing relevant information, and analyzing and integrating information
  • Determine goals, develop plans, make ethical decisions, solve problems, and articulate ideas with individuals and groups
  • Understand how to resolve conflict

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William Paterson University offers a variety of specialized bachelor's degrees. Check out all of our online undergraduate programs.

$350 Per Credit Hour
120* Credit Hours
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Tuition

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Online undergraduate programs from William Paterson University offer affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$350 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$350 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

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William Paterson University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

Now enrolling:

10/12/21 Apply Date
11/1/21 Class Starts
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Fall II11/1/2110/12/2110/18/2110/26/2110/28/2112/19/217 weeks
Spring I1/24/221/3/221/9/221/18/221/20/223/13/227 weeks
Spring II3/21/223/1/223/7/223/15/223/17/225/8/227 weeks
Summer I5/16/224/26/225/2/225/10/225/12/227/3/227 weeks
Summer II7/11/226/21/226/27/227/5/227/7/228/28/227 weeks
Fall I9/6/228/16/228/22/228/30/229/1/2210/23/227 weeks
Fall II10/31/2210/11/2210/17/2210/25/2210/27/2212/18/227 weeks

Now enrolling:

10/12/21 Apply Date
11/1/21 Class Starts

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Admissions

How to apply to the online BA in Communication Studies program

At WP, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly. Please note all requirements for admission to the BA in Communication Studies online program, including required documents and where to send them.

The requirements include:

  • Online application
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

You must meet the following requirements for admission to this BA online program:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from each college attended or high school transcript if no prior college experience
    o Applicants must be at least two years post high school to enroll in our WP Online accelerated programs.
  • Complete online application and submit $50 application fee

Official transcripts, test scores, and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to:

Email address: [email protected]

Mail address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Services
Morrison Hall 102
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Courses

Discover what you will learn in the BA in Communication Studies online program

For the BA in Communication Studies online, you must complete 39 credit hours of communications studies courses (including a capstone course). Additional University Core Curriculum and elective credits will be required to complete the 120-credit BA degree. You may transfer up to 90 approved credit hours to decrease cost and time to completion

Students must complete the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course offers students an opportunity to learn about the fields of communication as they determine their major area of study. Students discuss, research, and write about the disciplines of film, interpersonal communication, journalism and public relations, media studies, radio and television, and theater with faculty from these respective areas and in online study groups.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Acquaints the students with contemporary theory and research in the field of communication. Motivation, interaction, and effects of communication are examined in a range of contexts, including between persons, small and large groups, organizations, cultures, and mass communication systems.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An opportunity for advanced study and discussion of issues and questions, together with the opportunity to study and analyze the research available in various areas of communication. Each student chooses an area of communication in which to plan and carry out a research project. (Pre-Requisite: COMM 1210)
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Presents an overview of the nature and function of language as a communication tool. Stresses the aspects of language relating to the phonologic, semantic, and linguistic structures.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Through a comparison of numerous cultures, students explore the primary distinguishing characteristics of culture and identify strategies for relating their own culture to those of others. Emphasis is placed on an eclectic cultural design. The primary goal is to provide students with practical and theoretical knowledge and an understanding of intercultural communication in contemporary life situations.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Course focuses on interpersonal communication theory, research, and application. Study and apply the elements of dynamic communication within personal, small group, corporate, and intercultural contexts.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students learn and apply theory, strategies and skills of competent team membership in small group problem solving situations that are consistent with professional and social organization settings. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership styles, locating, analyzing and presenting information employing communication information technology. This is a technology intensive course.
Students must complete the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Food is a fundamental dimension of 21st century life, local and global. This class uses food as a lens to examine the structure of our modern world focusing on issues of global health, social justice and environmental justice. Using a variety of approaches, we will examine food as central to social, economic and political life, examining the ways in which social oppression impacts food production, distribution and consumption based on factors of race, gender, and socio-economic class.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Through the study of communication theory as it relates to business and the professions and through practice simulations, the student acquires a knowledge of those communicative and motivational skills essential for success in business and professional life.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of the development of persuasion. Emphasizes classical and contemporary theories of rhetoric that are related to contemporary standards and practice in current public address.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Throughout history, communication technologies have allowed people to transcend the limits of face-to-face communication. This course will survey the development of information and communication technologies, with a focus on the impact these technologies have made on communication practices in individual, relational, small group, organizational, cultural, and global contexts.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
When people interact and form relationships, conflicts inevitably emerge. Conflict has both negative and positive consequences. The way we manage conflict has a profound effect on our relationships. The purpose of this course is to help students understand the nature of interpersonal conflict and the skills used in constructive conflict management.
Students must complete COMM 2440 and 18 credits in COMM courses before registering for the Capstone.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Working closely with individual faculty members and the course coordinator, students will conduct an in-depth communication research study, or create an advanced level communication project in this primary area of their expertise. Students registering for this course must complete a standardized form detailing the capstone project. The semester long project will be determined by the student and approved by the directing faculty member and the faculty coordinator. Students must complete COMM 1190 and major requirements before taking capstone. Permission is required for registration.
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