Communication degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Ottawa University’s Communications degree program can help you master the concepts and methods of communication in a wide array of settings. You will develop knowledge and skills for effective communication to achieve desired outcomes with specific audiences.

About Our Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication

Communication majors in the Bachelor’s degree program at Ottawa University can learn analytical, critical and practical skills that will help students to understand and improve communication skills and systems in all types of social settings. Students learn to recognize and understand communication issues and systems in order to make decisions effectively and to solve problems.

Our online Bachelor's degree in Communication can enhance your critical-thinking skills and an awareness of cultural, social, intergenerational and political diversity as it relates to communication. The courses are designed to help you relate marketing communication and business communication insights to your personal and professional life as you become a skilled problem-solver. 

Communication Career Outlook

The ability to communicate effectively is important in your professional and personal life. Upon graduation of our Communications degree program, your career opportunities can include:

  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Mass media
  • Technical writing
  • Arts communication
  • Government
  • Law
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For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Communication Major Courses

Speech Preparation and Delivery | COM 11023
Provides instruction in speaking before a group. Development of speech content, organization, research, and delivery is emphasized. Includes practice of impromptu, persuasive, and informative speeches. [or COM 10163 Introduction to Human Communication]

Media Writing | COM 20165
Covers fundamentals of news reporting and writing for broadcast media, public relations, advertising, and the Internet. [or COM 23263 News and Feature Reporting]

Critical Listening | COM 24003
Course examines how environments are constructed to inhibit listening.  Poor listening habits lead to poor interpersonal and intercultural skills in both relational and leadership roles.  This course does not address the biological process of listening (i.e. hearing) but topics instead focus on the social and communicative nature of how we come to know, embody, and share meaning as well as research in Listening Studies to discover factors that cause information to be passively backgrounded.

Interpersonal Communication | COM 30163
Examines models of relational interaction, verbal and nonverbal messages,language use, critical listening, relational dynamics, self-concept, identity-management, disclosure, intimacy, defensiveness, supportiveness, perceptual processes, emotional influences, interpersonal conflicts, and the impact of gender, race and culture on communication.

Small Group Communication | COM 30263
Examines task and social dimensions of group interaction, problem solving, decision making, roles, norms, leadership skills, cohesiveness, communication climates, conflict management, stages of group development, ethical behaviors, observation techniques, and analytic methods for evaluating group dynamics and accomplishments.

Organizational Communication | COM 30363
Theory and practice of communication within organizations including interpersonal factors, motivation, change and conflict resolution and communication audit practices and procedures. Participate in communication audit of a local organization.

Visual Communication | COM 30563
Survey of the theory and practice of visual communication. Includes theoretical explanation, visual grammar and laboratory opportunities to apply and develop visual communication literacy. Provides strategies for effective visual communication.

Communication Law and Ethics | COM 40163
Examines the law governing mass media as well as ethical dilemmas in media. Explores the process of establishing high standards as well as understanding choices to be made when faced with legal and ethical decisions regarding mass media.

International/Intercultural Communication | COM 40164
Examines the impact of national and regional cultures, ethnicity, race, and additional cultural components on human communication in a variety of domestic and global contexts.

Seminar in Applied Communication | COM 49100
Capstone course that guides students in applying key communication theories and research to their chosen specialization. Emphasis on pivotal role of communication professionals in organizations.

Six credits of COM electives are required.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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