Whether you’re interested in journalism, public relations, business, or online communications, you can build a firm base of knowledge while you earn a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at UMGC.

You’ll learn to apply communication theories to both personal and professional situations, developing the “soft skills” that workplaces demand, along with communication techniques. In addition, you’ll learn to work with individuals and groups professionally and manage communications within ethical, legal, and financial parameters.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree

Developed in conjunction with employers, the communication studies program offers a balance of theoretical knowledge and sophisticated communication skills. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how people create and use messages to generate meaning within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The multidisciplinary curriculum covers speech communication, mass communication and new media, journalism, public relations, business writing, and technical writing.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply analytical skills in interpreting, using, and delivering information, particularly through mass media
  • Create professional and appropriate written, oral, and visual communications for specific purposes and diverse audiences
  • Design, create, and select multimedia components and integrate them into print, broadcast, and online formats
  • Work with individuals and groups in ways that reflect an understanding of both communication theory and professional expectations
  • Understand diverse and intercultural perspectives as they affect communication
  • Design and employ specific research methods and tools to gather information

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write a speech for a hypothetical executive and organization
  • Write news articles in various journalistic styles
  • Write a comprehensive public relations plan and create messages targeting specific audiences

Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • SPCH 100
    or any SPCH course
  • COMM 207
    or any COMM course
  • JOUR 201
  • COMM 300
  • COMM 302
  • SPCH 324
  • JOUR 330
    or any upper-level JOUR course
  • COMM 400
    or any upper-level COMM course
  • SPCH 470
    or any upper-level SPCH course
  • COMM 390
    or any upper-level COMM course
  • COMM 495

Electives

The bachelor's degree in communication studies requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111B
    or other PACE 111 course (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general elective
  • IFSM 300

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • COMM 202
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 391
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • MATH 105
    or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a career in mass media, new media, journalism, public relations, business, or online communication.

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