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Degree Overview Open Accordion

Learn more about three key areas of focus in CSU's fully online bachelor's degree in Communication Studies.

Build the skills to become an effective communicator

Develop a comprehensive understanding of how people respond to various forms of communication and engage in public discourse. This online bachelor’s program is designed to build your proficiency in three specific areas:

  • Media and visual culture
  • Relational and organizational studies
  • Rhetoric and civic engagement

Collaborate with your peers as you hone oral, written, nonverbal, visual, and digital communication skills, giving you a strong foundation of knowledge and a springboard to pursue a wide variety of potential career paths.

What you will learn

The field of communication is diverse, highly versatile, and a critical component of every organization and industry. Dive deeply into the strategy, theory, history, criticism, and analysis of communication as you study topics such as:

  • Intercultural approaches to communication
  • How communication is used to build public culture
  • Communication in personal relationships and organizations
  • The history and theory of rhetoric
  • Public speaking and argumentation

Customize your education to fit your goals

In addition to foundational coursework, working with your advisor, you will customize your learning experience by choosing an interdisciplinary certificate, second major, or one of several offered minors, including but not limited to the following:

  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Global and Environmental Sustainability
  • Political Science

*Media Studies Minor is excluded

Note: You must complete a minor, second major, or interdisciplinary certificate to earn this degree.

Study in a flexible, online format

Earn your bachelor's degree from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without traveling to a campus. Although the program is entirely online, you will still have opportunities to interact closely with both your instructors and peers. You will also have access to many of the same resources and services as CSU’s resident students.

Requirements and Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree. This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300 and 400-level) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:


The curriculum listed below is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the Transferology website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how your previous college coursework may transfer to CSU. Please note, new online courses are in development to provide additional choices.

Select All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) (31 credits): Students are strongly encouraged to select AUCC courses in consultation with their academic advisor.

Communication Studies Core Curriculum (18 credits): The following courses are required for the Communication Studies degree.

Select Additional SPCM Courses (27 credits): Select a total of 27 credits of SPCM subject code. Students must take either SPCM 341, SPCM 350, or SPCM 420. Courses with an (*) will be available in the near future.

Select one of the following Advanced Writing Courses (3 credits):

Select Additional Arts and Humanities Credits (6 credits): Select six credits from the following subject codes: ART, D, E, ETST, L***, MU, PHIL, TH, or WS. No more than one WS course can be counted toward the completion of this requirement.

Select Additional History Credits (6 credits): Select six additional credits from courses with a HIST subject code.

Select Additional Social and Behavioral Sciences Credits (6 Credits): Select a total of six credits from the following: AREC 202, GR 100, courses with subject codes ANTH, ECON, ETST, HIST, JTC, POLS, PSY, SOC, or WS. No more than one WS course can be counted toward the completion of this requirement.

Select an approved Degree Minor (21 to 24 credits): Students are required to choose an approved minor in consultation with your advisor.

Career Opportunities Open Accordion

With a bachelor's degree in communication studies, you will be prepared to pursue entry level job opportunities in fields like public relations, marketing, nonprofit communications, and government communications.

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Internal or external communications
  • Content marketing and copywriting
  • Social media
  • PR
  • Human resources
  • Nonprofit
  • Government
How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semesterAugust 1
Spring semesterJanuary 1
Summer semesterMay 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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Planning to transfer credits from another college or university? Please review our FAQ page, then complete a Tentative Transfer Evaluation Form to see how your prior credits may transfer.

1Review Admission Requirements

  • Previous college credit may be transferred into the online anthropology bachelor's degree program, and minimum credits required can vary depending on previous coursework completed.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 cumulative GPA preferred) from all coursework previously completed*
  • Satisfy admission requirement in mathematics
  • High school graduation or equivalent

* A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.

Additional information may be required for international applicants. Please connect with a coach to learn more.

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Kyle Yates
Phone: (970) 682-7252

Schedule Time to Talk

3 Complete Online Application

Complete Colorado State University's online undergraduate application and pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online) or waiver (if eligible).

  • Select "Communication Studies—online degree program" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

5 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.

Questions? Call (970) 682-7252 or email


We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

Kyle Yates
Communication Studies
Student Success Coach
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Program Details

$476 per credit
Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Time Frame
Varies based on intensity of study and previous coursework

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1
Summer semester
May 1

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