Bachelor of Science in Communication
Description and Outcomes
The Bachelor of Science in Communication program is designed to provide you with the skills to become an effective communicator in today's competitive, global workplace. The interdisciplinary approach combines both theory and application, enabling you to gain a critical understanding of social issues, new media, and effective writing and speaking skills. These critical skills, research abilities, and knowledge of social change are intended to prepare you to pursue positions in a broad range of fields including public administration, advertising, public relations, human resources, law, criminal justice, politics, ministry, social services, technical communication, opinion and market research, fundraising, civil service, international business, management, marketing, and publishing.
The Bachelor of Science in Communication program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.
Accelerated Master's Degree Options
If you are interested in earning a master's degree in human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.
- Theory: Understand communication theory and how its basic elements and principles apply to various types of communication environments.
- Essential Communication Skills: Use contemporary tools, transmissions, and processes to communicate effectively in both oral and written contexts in diverse social interactions and professional settings.
- Technologies: Understand and use appropriately emerging communication technologies.
- Research Methods: Acquire, interpret, and present knowledge gained through diverse and appropriate methods of inquiry to arrive at reasoned decisions.
- Relational: Interact ethically in interpersonal and group communication.
- Global Awareness: Demonstrate multicultural literacy in the global workplace.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Grid to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|CS204||Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace||3|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Arts and Humanities (select one of the following):||5|
|Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions|
|Humanities and Culture|
|Science (select one of the following):||5|
|Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World|
|General Biology I - Human Perspectives|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Fundamentals of Science|
|Social Science (select one of the following):||5|
|The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream|
|People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government|
|The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach|
|Total Core Requirements||33|
|CM111||Communication Program and Profession 1||5|
|CM115||Communication - Concepts and Skills||5|
|CM202||Mass Media and Broadcasting 1||5|
|CM208||Communication Research Skills 1||5|
|CM214||Public Speaking for the Professional||5|
|CM240||Technical Communication 1||5|
|PS124||Introduction to Psychology 1||5|
|CM305||Communicating in a Diverse Society||6|
|CM310||Communication and Conflict||6|
|CM313||Tools for the Digital Age||6|
|CM315||Group Dynamics and Team Building||6|
|CM499||Bachelor's Capstone in Communication||6|
|Total Major Requirements||88|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Open Electives 2||59|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||59|
These degree requirements can be waived for students who are eligible for advanced start credit with a prior degree. See Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.