Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communications-Communications Studies Track

Columbus State University
Degree Level Bachelors
Total Credit Hours 123
Per Credit Hour Cost $210
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Program Description

The B.A. in Communication-Communication Studies Track degree is carefully designed to help those without a college degree, and for those who cannot attend an on-campus, four-year program. Students may be working full time or part-time, stay-at-home moms, or a soldier wanting to rise through the ranks. They may be professionals wanting to change careers to serve in a more fulfilling capacity or in a leadership position serving their local community, church, or non-profit organization. They may be first-generation, degree-seeking students who are worried about the cost of earning a Bachelor's degree. If so, this program is for you!

The B.A. in Communication-Communication Studies Track is intended for students seeking to make a difference in a community context -- local, regional, statewide and beyond by increasing their capacity as engaged citizens to identify pressing societal concerns and opportunities, analyze the nature and complexity of community and organizational issues, and collaborate with people and institutions to solve shared problems: these problems or opportunities could be in the student's neighborhood, school district, church, a non-profit organization, or anywhere they work or live.

Within the four year curriculum, students pursue academic courses taught fully online. These courses emphasize several communication contexts, including organizational communication, public relations, interpersonal communication, mass communication, intercultural communication, persuasion and conflict management.

This program is carefully crafted to prepare students to develop organizational skills and leadership qualities, understand the nature of managing people and institutions, increase their critical thinking abilities, and most importantly, develop their research and communication skills - whether it is resolving or reducing conflict, enabling healthy negotiations, or increasing interpersonal interactions, these skills are valuable, marketable, and provide students with a competitive edge in the workplace.

Many of our students pursue graduate work after earning a degree in Communication. Our program is an exceptional pre-professional pathway for those interested in attending law school, seminary or seeking graduate degrees in counseling, government, human relations and other helping professions. This program contributes to the quality of life far beyond the workplace. Those who seek to be civic and organizational leaders graduate from the major with knowledge, skills and experiences that can make a real impact in their communities and institutions.

The B.A. in Communication-Communication Studies Track will make students exceptionally well qualified for today's professional environment. According to a 2010 survey by the American Management Association, employers highly value and evaluate employees with the 4C's - communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. These are the skill-sets upon which the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication is based.

Admissions Information

Freshman

Traditional Freshman Student - students who have graduated high school within the last 5 years and have less than 30 transferable college credit hours or no college credit hours.

  • Submit application along with $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Official High School Transcripts - minimum core GPA of a 2.5

Columbus State University
c/o Office of Admissions
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907

Recent graduates should request transcripts to be submitted electronically.

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
    • Minimum required scores for New SAT (Taken after Spring 2016) - 480 Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and 440 Math
    • Minimum required scores for Old SAT (Taken prior to Spring 2016) - 440 Critical Reading 410 Math
    • Click here to learn more about the New SAT re-design
    • Minimum required scores for ACT - 17 English or 17 Reading and 17 Math
  • Homeschool applicants should submit the Supplemental Homeschool Application (PDF (PDF)) along with the above-mentioned items.
  • Your immunization record (PDF) and a form of lawful presence must be submitted prior to the start of your first term.

Transfer

Transfer Students - students who have attended another college or university and are transferring their credit hours to Columbus State University.

  • Submit application along with $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
    • Transfer students with 30+ hours must meet minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Transfer students with 1-29 transferable hours of credit are considered to be Freshman Transfer students and must submit official SAT and/or ACT scores as well as an Official Final High School Transcript. Transfer students who have graduated 5 years or more do not have to submit official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Your immunization record (PDF) and a form of lawful presence must be submitted prior to the start of your first term.

Dual Enrollment

Georgia's new dual enrollment program allows high school students to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma.

For more information, please visit our Dual Enrollment site