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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

For the Communications program, a Mac computer and the software indicated in the course descriptions are required for student purchase.
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 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 4520 Senior Capstone 3
REL 4035 Life, Meaning, and Vocation 3
Professional Electives 60
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 following are sample electives.
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

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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Major Requirements
Total Credits: 120