Bachelor of Science in Professional Communication

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Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 120
Entry Terms Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Meets International Visa Requirements No


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The Bachelor of Science in Professional Communication is designed for students who aspire to understand how to generate creative, high quality digital and paper-based content that effectively communicates ideas and messages to a variety of audience. The program focuses on market-driven communication tools to address industry’s organizational, technical, and creative writing challenges. It promotes critical thinking and interpersonal skills that empower students to be adaptable communicators with real world experience, and it provides the opportunity to deepen mastery of specific skill sets through specialization in organizational communication, technical communication, graphic communication, and creative writing. Students will have the opportunity to build a portfolio of their work and to become knowledgeable and skilled in the roles and uses of various media in communications.

Career Outlook

Communications skills are in demand by employers.  In particular, social media and other digital/internet communications skills are the single most in demand skill set among employers hiring communications professionals.  There is also demand for graduates with graphic design and web development skills.  Technical writing is a niche market with demand for skilled specialists.  Other career opportunities exist in areas such as marketing research and marketing analysis.

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Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.


General Foundation Courses (27 s.h.)

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106
Lab for ENG 1105   1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2   3 s.h.
ENG 1108 Lab for ENG 1107   1 s.h.
ENG 3107 Writing for the Professions-Business & SS 3 s.h.
ENG 3108 Lab for ENG 3108 1 s.h.
ITC 1000
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
End User Data Analysis Tools
MTH 1100 College Algebra 3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics in the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ND Core  Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 3 s.h.
SI Core  Understanding Societies and Institutions 3 s.h.


Professional Communication Foundation Courses (42 s.h.)

MGT 1100 Introduction to Business  3 s.h.
MKT 2100 Principles of Marketing 3 s.h.
MKT 2220 Consumer Behavior 3 s.h.
PHL 2120 Ethical Issues in Communication 3 s.h.
ART 2000 Typography: Communicating Content with Form 3 s.h.
ART 2100 Foundation in Visual Communication 3 s.h.
ART 2200 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics & Desktop Publishing 3 s.h.
CMN 1100 Organizational Communication 3 s.h.
CMN 2310 Professional Speaking 3 s.h.
CMN 3400 Advanced Organizational Communication 3 s.h.
CMN 4220 Organizational Communication Measurement & Assessment 3 s.h.
ENG 3260 Writing to Inform and Persuade 3 s.h.
TCC 2200 Introduction to Technical Writing 3 s.h.
TCC 3450 Writing for the Web 3 s.h.


Concentration (15 s.h.)

Choose one concentration:

Creative Writing Concentration
ENG 3210 Writing for Young Readers 3 s.h.
ENG 3220 Writing Poetry 3 s.h.
ENG 3230 Writing Fiction 3 s.h.
ENG 3240 Writing Nonfiction 3 s.h.
ENG 4210 Writing for Publication 3 s.h.


Graphic Communication Concentration
ART 3100 Visual Foundations: Color 3 s.h.
ART 3110 Electronic Publishing and Design 3 s.h.
ART 4100 Graphic Communication 1 3 s.h.
ART 4110 Graphic Communication 2 3 s.h.
ART 4120 Advertising Design 3 s.h.


Organizational Communication Concentration
CMN 3320 Public Relations Basics & Practice 3 s.h.
CMN 3330 Digital Communication & Organizations 3 s.h.
CMN 3340 Gender & Communication 3 s.h.
CMN 3350 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
CMN 3360 Crisis Communication 3 s.h.


Technical Communication Concentration
TCC 3200 Digital & Social Communication Technologies 3 s.h.
TCC 3210 Technical Editing 3 s.h.
TCC 3220 Technical Promotional Writing 3 s.h.
TCC 3230 Writing for the Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industries 3 s.h.
TCC 3240 Proposal and Grant Writing 3 s.h.

Capstone (3 s.h.)

CMN 4850 Capstone in Professional Communication 3 s.h.

Open electives to reach required credits for the degree.

(No more than 6 electives with ACC, FIN, MGT or MKT prefixes.)  


Required minimum credit hours: 120 s.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This bachelor’s degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career
in a communications-related area. These areas include, but are not limited to, roles in public relations, fundraising, marketing, marketing analysis and research, sales, human resources, technical/scientific writing, grant writing, or journalism.  

Many graduates pursue careers as public relations and marketing writers and designers, technical writers, editors, or communication managers.

Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Frame, clarify, and evaluate a complex communication challenge in a selected community service area, using theories, tools, methods, and scholarship from the field of communication.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Justify the significance of a communication challenge in a selected community service area in a wider societal context and explain how communication can be used to address the challenge.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Produce a portfolio of authentic print and online artifacts to address a significant problem in the field of communication in a selected service area.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Collaborate with others in developing and implementing an approach to a communication issue in the community, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the process.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Integrate professional communication-specific best practices and tools into the community service project to resolve relevant communication issues.

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