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Bachelor of Applied Science 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.

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

Estimated time to complete this bachelor’s degree program is four years with full-time enrollment.

B.A.S. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the B.A.S. core curriculum (30 Credits)
  • Completion of the required courses in a major field (30 Credits)
  • Completion of additional courses (including any supported courses required by the major in other departments) to a total of 120 credits depending on the major
  • 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 (Some majors may require a cumulative GPA higher than a 2.00)
  • Minimum of 30 upper-division credit hours
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
Major Requirements 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 4520 Senior Capstone 3
REL 4035 Life, Meaning, and Vocation 3
Professional Electives* 60
COM 3020 Radio Production 3
COM 3030 Television/Film Production 3
COM 3400 Digital Imaging 3
COM 4010 Web Design 3
COM 4220 Public Relations Skills 3
COM 4360 Crisis Management 3
COM 4420 Media Literacy 3
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  
BUS 4080 Creative Thinking and Problem Solving  
BUS 4160 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 3
PSY 3140 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3500 Judgment and Decision Making 3
PSY 4510 Attitudes and Persuasion 3
Grand Total: 120

*Any Waldorf courses may be selected from the catalog and course schedule to be used as electives, provided that they are not used to satisfy other program requirements. The provided are sample electives.

Hardware Requirements

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

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

Software Requirements

Required software is listed within the course descriptions in the course catalog and below.
Pricing for Adobe CC (Creative Cloud), one of the primary software packages used in the program

Adobe Creative Cloud is required for the following courses:

  • COM 1010, Introduction to Graphic Design
  • COM 2010, Visual Theory
  • COM 3020, Radio Production
  • COM 3030, Television/Film Production
  • COM 3400, Digital Imaging
  • COM 4010, Web Design
  • COM 4520, Senior Capstone

Additional Hardware and Software Requirements
Additional required hardware and software is listed within the course descriptions in the course catalog and below.

  • COM 1020, Introduction to Digital Technology requires Video Camera; Camera; Keynote or equivalent; Final Cut Pro X or equivalent.
  • COM 3020, Radio Production requires an External Microphone; Avid Pro Tools or equivalent.
  • COM 3030, Television/Film Production requires Video Camera; Final Cut Pro X or equivalent.
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Major Requirements
Total Credits: 120