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.
- 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|
|CM365||Developing Critical Thinking Skills||3|
|CM301||Survey of Communication||3|
|CS110||Introduction to Computers||3|
|3||CM220||Fundamentals of Speech||3|
|BA375||Ethical Decision Making||3|
|CM325||Research Methods in Communication||3|
|EN221||American Literature I||3|
|HI171||Western Civilization I||3|
|CM456||Effective Communication Tools||3|
|HI171||Western Civilization II||3|
|BA322||Management Information Systems||3|
|HIS231||American History I||3|
|BA361||Principles of Marketing||3|
|CM346||Advertising and Promotion||3|
|CM280||Introduction to Film||3|
|CM425||Introduction to Media Writing||3|
|BA351||Principles of 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|