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Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Complete Coursework: as little as 12 months   Credit Hours: 120   Tuition: $276 per credit hour

A communication degree can change your life.

Now The University of Texas of the Permian Basin—part of the prestigious UT System—makes it possible for you to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication completely online! Flexible and affordable, UTPB's online degree program is designed to help people just like you succeed.

Our online BA offers smart advantages!

  • Every course is 100% online
  • Tuition is affordable—just $276 per credit hour
  • Courses are only 8 weeks
  • You can earn your BA in as little as 12 months
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Choose from six convenient start dates

Develop real-world skills—right now.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of communication theories and the impact of modern media on businesses, societies and cultures around the world. Students who pursue a communication degree will explore modern media and society, rhetoric in Western thought, crisis communication and public messaging.

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UTPB's online degree program is just as rigorous as our on-campus programs. Every online course is taught by the same respected UTPB faculty members who teach on campus. And just as important, they are committed to mentoring their students. In fact, in the National Survey of Student Engagement, 99 percent of UTPB seniors reported that their professors provided prompt feedback on their academic performance. And our online bachelor degree programs earn high marks from U.S. News & World Report – #3 among Texas public universities and in the nation’s top 50 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

Apply your knowledge to a variety of professional fields.

Because communication is a broad discipline, graduates from our online degree program emerge with a strong skill set they can leverage across a broad range of professional careers—including journalism, politics, management, advertising, law, social services, medicine and more. With a communication degree, you'll feel more confident knowing that you've prepared yourself to succeed in a very competitive job market. Research shows that individuals with a bachelor's degree earn more and have a lower risk for unemployment than their less-educated peers.

Course Listing

Core Courses
COMM 1318
Interpersonal Communication
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
This course enables students to analyze and practice communication in one-on-one relationships. Topics include problem solving, decision-making, working with diversity, information processing, understanding of self and others, and effective speaking and listening skills in interpersonal contexts.
COMM 2302
Rhetoric in Western Thought
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Explores theories of rhetoric ranging from ancient Greece to modern times. Students examine different concepts of how rhetoric is a tool for public power as well as its use to transmit common ideas in the Western intellectual heritage.
COMM 2301
Modern Media and Society
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Students are introduced to the relationship between modern media and their dynamic interaction with culture.
COMM 3312
Nonverbal Communication
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
This course identifies the major areas of nonverbal communication and the current terminology used in the field. Relevant connections of nonverbal to other areas of communication will be presented.
COMM 1301
Introduction to the Study of Communication
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
An introductory course that surveys the history, development, and future directions of the field of communication. Equal emphasis is placed on understanding application of theory to everyday situations and learning introductory approaches to research.
COMM 2351
Measurement in Communication
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Introduction to measurement and analysis techniques used in communication fields. Web-based research and dataset analysis and statistical methods.
COMM 3311
Crisis Communication
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
The study and practice of communication strategies involved in preparing for and responding to crises. While a wide range of crises are considered, the course pays particular attention to corporate crises.
COMM 3360
Theories of Communication
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Survey of communication theory including approaches to understanding media influences on society and theories of human interaction.
COMM 4307
Organizational Communication
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
An examination of the complex dynamics that drives messages in organizations. The course will focus on application of nonlinear dynamic approaches to human and mediated communication in an organizational environment.
COMM 3304
Public Messages
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
An exploration of how various research techniques used to identify public groups are translated in messages in various media.
COMM 3355
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
An exploration of the theoretical perspectives in understanding person-to-person communication. The course includes personal and professional perspectives.
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