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Bachelor of Arts in Communications

Waldorf’s online communications degree will prepare you for many exciting positions within the communications industry by combining a liberal arts education with specific job skills and service to the greater community. Waldorf will help you improve your proficiency in written and verbal communication, visual literacy and multimedia skills.

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Using their professional media experience and research into successful programs from throughout the country, the professors at Waldorf have built a strong program based on several key principles:

  • Experienced Faculty Members
  • State-of-the-Art Technology
  • Practical Experience
  • Student Capstone

For the Communications program, a Mac computer and the software indicated in the course descriptions are required for student purchase.

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

Major Requirements

Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
Major Required - Group A 30
COM 1010 Graphic Core 3
COM 1020 Digital Core 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 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: Choose a minimum of 9 credits from the following courses
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: For the remaining 21 credits, courses can be selected from the list below or any course not used to satisfy other program requirements.
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

Hardware Requirements

Required hardware is listed within the course descriptions in the course catalog. Waldorf’s Communications program requires a Mac computer with the minimum specifications needed to operate the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Apple Store education pricing – See Mac computer with the following specifications:

  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz memory
  • 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000

Software Requirements

Required software is listed within the course descriptions in the course catalog.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Communications requires 21 credit hours. Required courses: COM 1010, COM 1020, COM 1030, and COM 1040. Nine credit hours from the following electives: COM 2010, COM 2040, COM 3180, COM 3020, COM 3030, COM 4220, and COM 4410.

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B.A. / B.S. Program Requirements

Major Requirements
Total Credits: 120