2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    Dec 07, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BS in Communication

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The BS in Communication program prepares students to meet the growing demand for professionals who can create strategic, effective communications that engage audiences and drive results. Coursework focuses on developing the real-world communication skills students need in fields such as marketing, public relations, corporate communications, political campaigning, healthcare, and advertising. Topics in this program include social media; interpersonal, oral, and written communications; and emerging media and new technologies. Students learn to create effective communications to build relationships, sell products and ideas, influence consumer behavior, resolve conflicts, manage crisis, create and deliver presentations, and build corporate brands. Studies culminate with a capstone course in which students apply their learning to create a comprehensive communications plan for an organization of their choice.

Learning Outcomes

The BS in Communication program helps students to blend communication theory with practical communication skills. At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written communication skills for multicultural and diverse audiences.
  2. Assess awareness of their own values, dispositions, and communication styles as evident in their interpersonal, group, and mass communications.
  3. Critically analyze contextual needs to select appropriate communication strategies.
  4. Successfully collaborate with others in ways that promote personal accountability and mutual respect.
  5. Competently employ use of digital communication in professional settings.
  6. Utilize a systems perspective to optimize organizational, community, and global communication.
  7. Demonstrate ethical, socially aware strategies in their communications with both local and far-reaching audiences.

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General education  courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (50 cr.)
  • Elective courses (80 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)


General Education Courses (46 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Electives (80 cr.)

Choose 16 courses from general education , BS in Communication, other Walden bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM)  courses. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000-level or higher. Elective credits should total 80 to meet the program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor .

Program Data

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