Communication Studies

Undergraduate Certificate in Communication Studies


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Communication is a Critical Component of any Industry

The ability to communicate effectively is a vital skill that is applicable to all careers. Employers increasingly list communication skills as the heart of advancement, promotion and leadership opportunities. EKU’s 100% online communication studies certificate provides students with the hands on, practical learning needed to navigate, manage, and participate in the flow of information in our complex global society.


Benefits of EKU Online

Today’s communicators require a breadth of understanding about our world. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through communication course topics such as conflict management, public speaking, and intercultural and organizational communication.

Program benefits include:

Career Opportunities

Professional communication is the vehicle to success; employers recognize the importance of communication skills and repeatedly report this as one of the top requirements for new hires and advancement. Students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for both obtaining an entry-level communication position in various fields that relate to communication as well as advancement in their current field. The following industries specialize in communication, making them an ideal employment choice for communication graduates:

  • Corporate Training
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Public Relations
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EKU’s online communication studies curriculum prepares students for a variety of rewarding career options as well as graduate and professional school programs including law, public administration, government, and business.

Bachelor of communication studies courses include conflict management, public speaking, and intercultural and organizational communication.

Degree Requirements

A total of 24 credits are required to graduate.

View the communication studies certificate requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

CMS 205 – Advocacy and Opposition (3)
The study of the techniques and principles of formal argumentative discourse including developing, presenting, defending, opposing, and analyzing positions on controversial questions through research, writing and oral communication. Emphasis on the use of online mediums for promoting and opposing ideas.

 CMS 325 – Communication in Conflict Management (3)
Study of the human communication and technology components contributing to the introduction, continuation, and resolution of conflict in personal and professional relationships. Learn to identify root causes of conflict and practice communication strategies for productive conflict management including active listening, perception checking, the healthy expression of emotions, power balancing, and problem-solving.

CMS 375 – Intercultural Communication (3)
Political processes of urban areas including comparisons of alternative structures of urban and other local government.

CMS 420 – Negotiation (3)
Political processes of urban areas including comparisons of alternative structures of urban and other local government.


Kaitlin Dougherty

Kaitlin Kirkpatrick

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Kaitlin Kirkpatrick for information about the EKU Online Communication Studies Certificate.

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Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

I appreciate that the communication studies program incorporates the real world into the curriculum, that way when I graduate, I actually feel prepared and equipped for a job in my field.

Rachel BranscumCommunication Studies Student

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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