In today’s team-oriented business environment, strong communication skills are crucial to your long-term career success. An online communications degree from Waldorf will prepare you for the diverse job landscape by allowing you to choose professional elective courses ranging from graphic design to public relations. It’s the perfect degree for individuals looking to secure management positions and provides graduates the ability to thrive in a multi-generational workforce.

Curriculum Description

Waldorf’s online communications degree blends elements of communication, business and psychology to give you the educational tools to uncover solutions to many of today’s modern job challenges. Courses are designed to help improve your proficiency in written and verbal communication, visual literacy and multimedia skills. Students will explore specialized areas of interest such as web design, public relations, television/film production and many other high-demand skills.

This program is available online only.

B.A./B.S. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the core curriculum and the curriculum for the major, totaling 120 credits
  • A grade of C or higher in all coursework in the major and, if applicable, in the concentration(s)
  • 2.00 cumulative grade point average for work completed at Waldorf
  • Minimum of 36 upper-division credit hours

Review the complete list of core requirements for this program.

Major Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
Major Required - Group A 30
COM 1010 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
COM 1020 Introduction to Digital Technology 3
COM 1030 Mass Communications and Society 3
COM 1040 News Gathering and Reporting 3
COM 2010 Visual Theory 3
COM 2040 Introduction to Public Relations 3
COM 3180 Editing for Journalists 3
COM 4410 Mass Media Law 3
COM 4420 Media Literacy 3
COM 4520 Senior Capstone 3
Professional Electives - Group B 30
In-Field Electives* 9+
COM 3020 Radio Production 3
COM 3030 Television/Film Production 3
COM 3400 Digital Imaging 3
COM 4010 Web Design 3
COM 4220 Public Relation Skills 3
COM 4360 Crisis Management 3
Remaining Professional Electives**
BUS 3201 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 3352 Human Resource Management 3
BUS 3451 Organizational Theory and Leadership 3
BUS 4060 Team Building and Leadership 3
BUS 4080 Creative Thinking and Problem Solving 3
BUS 4160 Negotiation/Conflict Resolution 3
PSY 3140 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3500 Judgment and Decision Making 3
PSY 4510 Attitudes and Persuasion 3
Grand Total 120

*Choose a minimum of 9 credits from the provided courses.

**For the remaining 21 credits, courses can be selected from the list provided or any course not used to satisfy other program requirements.

Course Requirements

Waldorf’s Communications program requires a Mac or Windows compatible computer with the minimum specifications needed to operate Adobe Creative Cloud.

Required hardware and software for this program include a camera with video capabilities, external microphone, Adobe CC (Creative Cloud), Keynote or equivalent, Adobe Audition or equivalent, and Adobe Premier or equivalent. Course specific required hardware and software can be found within the course descriptions in the catalog.

If you have a significant amount of completed post secondary coursework or specialized training that you would like to transfer, consider the BAS Communications program.