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BA in Communication Studies


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Learn the Skills Needed to Become an Effective Communicator and Leader

Employers increasingly list communication skills as the heart of advancement, promotion and leadership opportunities. EKU’s 100% online communication studies degree provides students with the hands on, practical learning needed to become creative, effective communicators and successfully navigate our complex global society. Graduates are prepared to take on key positions in business, sales, human service agencies and nonprofit agencies, or to pursue law school or other graduate studies.

Prepare for career opportunities including:

  • Corporate Training
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Public Relations
  • Sales Professional

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Lacy Griffith

I attribute my success to the EKU Communication Studies major and the faculty in the EKU Communication Department. My dreams have become bigger than I could ever imagine.

Lacy Griffith AndrewsAssistant Commonwealth Attorney for the 29th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky
Minors & Certificates
Sample Courses

Benefits of EKU Online

Students will acquire not only specialized foundational and theoretical knowledge of the field, but also hone relevant, industry-accepted skills while making connections with current practitioners. EKU blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as multimedia for learning, making data-driven decisions, online learning design, and training the modern workforce.

Program benefits include:

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Free textbooks for undergraduate students
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • No application fee
  • No campus visits required
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Dedicated advisors who provide personalized graduation plans
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Minors & Certificates

Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits. Suggested minors for communication studies include:

  • Psychology
  • Social Intelligence & Leadership
  • Political Science

You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you work toward your degree. Suggested certificates for communication studies include:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Workplace Communication
  • Public Administration

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions, 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 350 – Organizational Communication (3)
An introduction to the principles, theories, and practice of communication within organizations. Emphasis will be placed on different perspectives of organizational communication, in addition to emergent issues such as newcomer assimilation, organizational culture, networks, decision making, emotion, diversity, technology, and values

CMS 375 – Intercultural Communication (3)
A practical and theoretical study of the basic elements of interpersonal communication and culture as the two relate to one another. Enhance cross-cultural communication competencies and strengthen understanding of the cultural and global flow of information   

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About Our University

Eastern Kentucky University is consistently recognized as being one of the best online colleges in the nation.

Eastern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized public university located in Richmond, Kentucky. Established in 1874, EKU strives to make quality education available to everyone. A brick-and-mortar accredited institution, EKU began offering online degrees in 2006 and continues to service all students with our on-campus offerings.

The University offers more than 50 online programs in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full-time or juggling other life priorities. Online programs are available through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Sciences, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, and College of Justice, Safety and Military Affairs.