BA in Communications

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Communications prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program explores the various aspects of creating, transmitting and analyzing messages which flow among individuals, groups, organizations and societies. Students may focus on communications courses relating to oral communications and/or mass media communications. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in Communications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the concepts of mass and personal communication
  • Prepare mass communication messages in the appropriate style
  • Apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information
  • Apply appropriate technology to the creation and dissemination of messages
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills related to a specific communications topic 

BA in Communications Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Communications 33
A. Required Courses 6
Select two of the following courses for the Communications Theory requirement:  
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Mass Communications
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Communications Electives*
  • Broadcast and Cable Promotion
  • Broadcasting in America
  • Cinema Theory
  • Communication Law
  • Communication Research
  • Debate
  • Film Styles and Genre
  • Interviewing
  • Journalism* *
  • Managerial Communications and Leadership Communications
  • Media in Communication
  • Motion Picture Productions
  • Non-Verbal Communications
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Radio News
  • Radio Production
  • Radio-Television Policies, Laws and Regulations
  • Small Group Communication
  • Survey of Cable Communications
  • Technical Writing
  • Telecommunication Processes and Policy
  • Television News
  • Television Production
  • Theories of Persuasion
  • Video Communication Theory
  • Voice and Diction
  • Voice Production
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120

*This list is a guide. Other communications courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note 1: **Limit of 6 credits of courses relating to journalism and/or mass media writing (e.g., Introduction to Journalism, News Reporting, News Writing, Magazine Article Writing, News Editing).

Note 2: Courses in speech needed to prepare students for college-level studies CANNOT be accepted toward Thomas Edison State College degree requirements.

Note 3: Courses in "Speaking English" for foreign students or students with disabilities may be free electives or remedial courses (developmental). Course descriptions will need to be reviewed. If course is remedial (developmental), it CANNOT be accepted toward Thomas Edison State College degree requirements.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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