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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Online

Complete Coursework: as little as 12 months Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $288 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 $288 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.

Learn from savvy professionals.

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.

Online Courses


Core Courses

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.
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.
Students are introduced to the relationship between modern media and their dynamic interaction with culture.
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.
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.
Introduction to measurement and analysis techniques used in communication fields. Web-based research and dataset analysis and statistical methods.
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.
Survey of communication theory including approaches to understanding media influences on society and theories of human interaction.
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.
An exploration of how various research techniques used to identify public groups are translated in messages in various media.
An exploration of the theoretical perspectives in understanding person-to-person communication. The course includes personal and professional perspectives.

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UTPB is ranked as the #3 Best Online Bachelor's Degree Program among Texas public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

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UTPB's Bachelor of Arts in Communication program has been ranked #3 Best Online Colleges - Communications for 2016 by Affordable Colleges Online.