The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is designed to reflect the theoretical and practical aspects of communication in the context of a traditional liberal arts education. This program emphasizes the development of communication skills that help individuals obtain a competitive edge in the information age.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree requires completion of forty (40) courses for 120 credits. The same course may not be used to fulfill multiple requirements in general education or major areas of this degree program.

Program Objectives

  • Develop a broad-based understanding of the functional fields of communication and their interrelationships in complex organizations.
  • Identify and analyze economic climate and business trends in a global business context.
  • Apply quantitative and behavioral tools of communication analysis and decisionmaking.
  • Utilize IT to improve communication and management decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the depth of knowledge sought by employers for communications roles.
  • Prepare for advanced study in the field of communication.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program consists of 40 courses:

General Education                                                                                20 Courses (60 Credits)

English Composition and Oral Communication 3 Courses 9 Credits
Statistics 1 Course 3 Credits
Mathematics 2 Course 6 Credits
Natural Sciences 2 Courses 6 Credits
Critical Reasoning 1 Course 3 Credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences 5 Courses 15 Credits
Humanities 6 Courses 18 Credits
Major Electives 10 Courses 30 Credits
Minor Electives 4 Courses 12 Credits

B.A. in Communication General Education Requirements

The general education component is designed to emphasize cognitive development and is “general” in the following ways:

  • It is not directly related to students’ formal technical, vocational, or professional preparation.
  • It is a part of every student’s course of study, regardless of his/her area of emphasis.
  • It is intended to impart common knowledge, intellectual concepts, and attitudes that provide a foundation upon which students can build a rewarding educational experience.

Through NCU’s general education courses, students will acquire the breadth of knowledge characteristic of a liberal arts education.

B.A. in Communication Core Courses (Required) Eight Courses (24 Credits)

Foundation courses provide basic knowledge in the discipline and prepare students for further study in this major.

B.A. in Communication Major Electives Eight Courses (24 Credits)

A total of 24 credits (8 courses) of courses must be undertaken, including at least fifteen (15) credits of advanced courses. Foundation courses provide basic knowledge in the discipline and prepare students for further study in this major.

General Electives Four Courses (12 Credits)

Four (4) courses (12 credits) in general education or any major discipline may be taken as electives. In order to develop additional depth and breadth in their major, students are encouraged to take intermediate or advanced courses in discipline-related areas. General elective courses may be met by approved transfer credit courses or by the recommended NCU courses and may not duplicate courses that meet any other curriculum requirement.


B.A. in Communication Recommended Degree Plan

Batchelor of Arts in Communication

Term Course No. Course Name Credits
1 EN111 Composition I 3
CM365 Developing Critical Thinking Skills 3
CM301 Survey of Communication 3
CS110 Introduction to Computers 3
2 EN112 Composition II 3
PY141 General Psychology 3
CM351 Mass Communication 3
SO241 General Sociology 3
3 CM220 Fundamentals of Speech 3
BA272 Microeconomics 3
BA375 Ethical Decision Making 3
CM325 Research Methods in Communication 3
4 MA125 College Algebra 3
BA271 Macroeconomics 3
EN221 American Literature I 3
CM457 Intercultural Communication 3
5 MA135 Finite Mathematics 3
HI171 Western Civilization I 3
CM431 Communication Theory 3
CM456 Effective Communication Tools 3
6 ST235 Elementary Statistics 3
HI171 Western Civilization II 3
BA322 Management Information Systems 3
BA340 Business Law 3
7 GS150 General Biology 3
HIS231 American History I 3
BA361 Principles of Marketing 3
CM341 Public Relations 3
 8 GS210 Earth Science 3
CM346 Advertising and Promotion 3
CM280 Introduction to Film 3
BA331 Organizational Behavior 3
9 PS150 American Government 3
CM425 Introduction to Media Writing 3
BA351 Principles of Management 3
CM436 Group Communication 3
10 CM458 Conflict Management 3
BA448 Team Development and Motivation 3
EN320 Composing Your Personal History 3
BA356 Human Resource Management 3
 Total Credits Required for Batchelor’s Degree: 120