Bachelor of Science in Communication Online

This online degree program integrates important aspects of communication theory and practice. You'll build skills in interpersonal communication, public speaking and media writing. Career options include advertising, sales, corporate communications, film, broadcasting and journalism.


Start Date:

1/4/22
1/18/22

Program Overview

Discover what the LU online BS in Communication program offers you

Lamar Online Degree Tuition Cost
$296*
Per Credit Hour
Up to 90 hours
Transfer Credits
Degree Credit Hours Required
120
Credit Hours

The Bachelor of Science in Communication online degree program from LU integrates communication theory with practical application. Students are able to develop a portfolio of skills and abilities valuable to any employer: critical-thinking, problem-solving, effective listening, trend awareness, persuasion, and effective written communication. These skills encompass a range of corporate communication functions essential to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, celebrity brands and higher education settings alike.

This flexible, affordable online bachelor's degree program gives you:

  • An overview and historical perspective of the major communication methodologies, theories and career options
  • An understanding of the impact of electronic communication media on the emerging global culture
  • Opportunities to explore several communication conventions in many spheres, including business, public relations, politics, pop culture and advertising

Career Options:

  • Public relations
  • Marketing or advertising
  • Content writing
  • Labor relations

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Tuition

Find out how and when to pay your tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Communication. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$296 Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information,  contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Calendar

Know LU’s online dates and deadlines

Our Bachelor of Science in Communication online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:1/4/22
Start Class:1/18/22

8 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 01/18/2022 01/04/2022 01/11/2022 01/10/2022 03/11/2022
Spring II 03/21/2022 02/28/2022 03/07/2022 03/14/2022 05/10/2022
Summer I 05/31/2022 05/09/2022 05/16/2022 05/23/2022 07/06/2022
Fall 1 08/16/2022 07/26/2022 08/02/2022 08/09/2022 10/10/2022

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Admissions

Find your fit in our online communication studies program

The Bachelor of Science in Communication online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710

Check to see if the program is offered to residents in your state before applying by clicking here.

All applicants must complete an application packet, consisting of:

  • Complete online application and pay an application fee of $25.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities you have attended.
    • All transcripts are required regardless of accreditation. Only regionally accredited institutions will be eligible for transfer credit.
  • Be eligible to re-enter all colleges and/or universities previously attended.
  • Verify specific requirements associated with chosen degree program.

High school graduates who have not attended college before are considered entering freshmen – even if they received college credit while in high school through dual credit, AP or IB programs. Transfer students with fewer than 18 hours of college credit also must meet admission requirements for entering freshmen.

Incoming freshmen must do three things to qualify for unconditional admission to Lamar University:

  • Receive a diploma from an accredited high school
  • Complete at least 14 high school credits in college preparatory courses: 4 credits in English, 3 credits in mathematics, 2 credits in laboratory sciences, 2.5 credits in social sciences (U.S. history, U.S. government, and world history or world geography) and 2.5 credits in college preparatory electives (preferably including 2 credits of foreign language)
  • Meet the test-optional admission criteria, or achieve a minimum composite score on the ACT or SAT through the secondary review criteria. (Click here for criteria)

Students transferring from other Lamar University programs into a College of Business program must have a minimum overall 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and, if applicable, a minimum 2.0 GPA in business courses.

Students transferring from other colleges or universities into a College of Business program must:

  • Have an official copy of all college and/or university transcripts on file by application deadline.
  • Be eligible to re-enter all colleges and/or universities previously attended.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all work attempted.
  • Students who transfer fewer than 18 hours must also submit and meet the entrance credentials and requirements of a first-time-in-college student.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

OR

Submit electronically to [email protected]

Courses

Take a look at the topics you’ll study for this online communication degree program

The Bachelor of Science in Communication online program gives you the opportunity to explore several communication conventions in many spheres, including business, politics, pop culture and advertising.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses upon the nature of electronic information processes and their impact upon the emerging global culture, introduces the concept of psychological/mythic meaning in media and facilitates the reading of film and television images on both semiotic and symbolic levels. Majors should complete this course during their freshman year. (Fall 2, Spring 2)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles and practices of public speaking.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles and practices of interpersonal communication in various settings. Majors should complete this course during their freshman year. (Fall 1, Summer)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introductory survey of the field. Includes major methodologies and theories as well as a historical perspective. Career options also are explored. Majors should complete this course during their freshman year. (Spring 1)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Covers all styles of writing for A/V, audio, television, film documentary, advertising, news, etc. Majors should enroll in this course in the semester immediately following successful completion of ENGL 1301. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 with 'C' or better. (Fall 2, Summer)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theory, principles and practice in public relations.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the field of advertising, examines the economic, social, legal, ethical and creative nature of advertising. Prerequisite: COMM 1373 or approval of instructor (Fall 2)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study in the principles and practices of public presentations. Recommended for Majors emphasizing teacher education. Prerequisite: COMM 1315 or participation in high school UIL speech events. (Spring 1)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focuses on the use of computer technology to set type, designs pages, and create camera-ready copy for newsletters, brochure, advertisements, and other publications. Prerequisite: COMM 1373 or approval of instructor. (Spring 2)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theory and practice in the several types of interview current in the United States including information, employment and persuasive.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to help students understand the art and production process of corporate video and television commercials. Students are introduced to writing, producing and directing promotional videos. Students will work with a real client to determine goals and expectations and then work in a team to design and produce the media content for an intended delivery system. (Summer)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to popular culture-based theories with an emphasis on all forms of media.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theory and practice of small group communication and conflict management processes. Emphasis in leadership, conflict management, group problem solving, productivity, and conference planning in corporate and public settings. Prerequisite: COMM 1318, Sophomore standing or approval of instructor. (Spring 1)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the legal issues surrounding and affecting communication. Focus is upon Constitutional Bill of Rights, conflicts which generate such issues as libel, privacy, fair trail/free press, obscenity, copyright, etc.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the dominant theories, principles and practices of communication within the organization through an examination of recent qualitative and quantitative research. Departmental capstone course.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of learning theories, instructional design, technologies and organizational development practices for application in corporate setting. Prerequisite: COMM 1318, 1373 (FALL 2)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of the theories and concepts of the use of communication, including all available media in the American political system. Emphasis will be given to analysis of campaigns, movements, and political personalities. (Fall 1)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Selected topics in major areas of media production (journalism, radio, television, film). May be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Fall 1, Spring 2 and Summer)

*Price includes distance learning fee.