The Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies offers coursework that enables students to construct, convey, and interpret communication in diverse contexts. The major prepares students to enter professions requiring proficiency in relational, group and public communication. Courses combine theory and practice to enhance the student's ability to communicate well in both career and personal life. Students develop their capacities in ethical and critical thinking, improving their ability to articulate and defend their opinions as engaged citizens in a diverse world.

Students who complete this degree will be well prepared to enter graduate school, law school or other professional programs, and pursue teaching credentials.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies?

Effective oral, written, and relational communication is essential in whatever career you pursue. With a B.A. in Communication Studies from Northern Arizona University, you'll learn how communication enhances relationships and builds cultural understanding. A degree in Communication Studies will prepare you for a broad range of careers and graduate education programs, including law school.

Faculty members emphasize critical thinking and research, preparing you to be a reflective citizen who is able to contribute thoughtfully and constructively to the world around you.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Advocacy
  • Communication director
  • Community education
  • Human resources
  • Legislative assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Management training
  • Non-profit work
  • Public relations
  • Religous leadership
  • Speechwriter
  • Technical communication

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Attorney
  • Clergy
  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution consultant
  • Student support services
  • Teaching certification (pre-K-12)
  • University or college faculty

University Requirements

To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

  • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
  • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
  • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
  • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
  • Online
Program taught in:
English

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