2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (December 2011) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (December 2011) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.S. in Communication

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The B.S. in Communication program is designed for students who want to enter communication fields such as marketing, public relations, corporate communications, or advertising. Applicable to a variety of public and private work environments, the curriculum focuses on development of core communication competencies and offers graduates the analytical, theoretical, and practical communication skills required to identify and develop creative and strategic communication solutions using various forms of media. Specific areas of focus include mass communication, interpersonal communication, persuasive speaking, group dynamics, crisis management, critical thinking, professional writing strategies, intercultural communications, and future trends in new and emerging media. Studies culminate with a capstone course in which students apply what they have learned by creating a comprehensive communications plan for a setting of their choice.

Learning Outcomes

The B.S. 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 credit hours (including 45 cr. completed at Walden)
  • General education  courses (45 cr.)
  • First course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (50 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
  • Elective courses (65 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)



Core Curriculum

General Education Courses (45 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 0r 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Elective Courses (65 cr.)

Students are to select 13 additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from either general education  courses, B.S. in Communication concentration courses, or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs. Individual course prerequisites apply. These 65 credits of electives are in addition to the 5-credit general education elective.

Students must complete the following Capstone course at the end of the B.S. in Communication program:
COMM 4901 Communication Capstone (5 cr.)

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

Students must complete the following Capstone course at the end of the B.S. in Communication program:

Program Data

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