Coronavirus Update - We’re here for you during this challenging time. If you are being impacted by COVID-19 and have questions about your current CU Online program please call: 303-315-3000.

Confident communications professional

Communication, BA


Communication is a core aspect of building a successful career in any industry around the world. Whether you’re speaking or writing, being able to communicate thoughts, ideas, and objectives, clearly and concisely is one of the most important skills a professional can possess. Our online Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree is designed to provide you with a well-rounded overview of communication and a foundation you can build future success from.

During the online BA in Communication program, you’ll learn practical skills you can use every day in your personal and professional life. These skills include writing, speaking, building interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, analysis, and teamwork skills. This skill set is valuable to both employers and graduate schools, as effectively expressing ideas is essential to success in the workplace and the classroom. You’ll also deepen your understanding of the political, social, cultural, global, and historical aspects of communication.

We pride ourselves on educating and training students to be effective communicators, leaders, and advocates in whatever industry you plan to enter.

Prepare for a career in in-demand areas including:

  • Advertising
  • Blogging
  • Business
  • Digital media
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Human resources
  • International relations
  • Journalism and media writing
  • Marketing
  • Media relations
  • Public service and government
  • Social Activism

Not only will you gain broad theoretical knowledge, but you’ll also get practical, hands-on experience that will help you implement what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations. This program will prepare you for a rewarding career in public relations, social media management, training, media creation, and more. The possibilities are endless!

Program Details

The online Bachelor’s in Communication features the ability to customize your degree based on your area of interest.

Choose from these areas of interest:

Applied Digital Media

The Applied Digital Media Track focuses on the understanding of media, culture, and society as well as their interrelationships. In the required courses, students explore theories and research dealing with the social and psychological effects of media and learn how to conduct research. In the foundation courses, students take courses in media theory; media skills; and applied areas of media studies, such as advertising and health communication. The track also includes multiple electives to customize the program to students’ specific interests. By focusing on research, theory, and practice, graduates from this track can go on to work in the media industry or user experience firms, with government or international agencies, or continue their education in graduate school.

Community Service & Public Affairs

The Community Service & Public Affairs pathway offers a variety of courses meant to build the skills and experiences needed to practice communication for the common good. This pathway offers the opportunity for students to enhance leadership skills and practice how to handle conflict in real-world situations. Whether you’re interested in working in the public sector or for a private organization that helps fight for social justice, this pathway can set you up to make a difference in your community.

Global & Intercultural Communication

Are you interested in learning about communication from a global level? The Global & Intercultural Communication pathway is perfect for that. Not only will you learn the fundamentals of communication, but you’ll also delve deep into the importance of communication on a global scale and discover how it affects international and intercultural relationships. If you’re interested in travel or working for a global organization, this is the pathway for you.

Health Communication

Communication is of the utmost importance in the healthcare field. This pathway helps students understand how health communications are cultivated, negotiated, and understood across a wide range of communication contexts. This is a great pathway for students who are interested in a career in health and medicine.

Media & Cultural Studies

The media contributes a lot to both how we communicate and how we perceive communications in the modern world. The Media & Cultural Studies pathway examines how a broad range of communication technologies impact our cultural, personal, and professional lives. Whether you’re interested in a career in a media-related field or you want to learn how to be a more critical media consumer, this pathway will help you get there. We’ll examine media from contexts including public relations, advertising, politics and public advocacy, among others.

Professional Communication in the Digital, Virtual World

The Professional Communication track includes leadership, organizational communication, and strategic communication. Students learn about leadership theories and models, including how leadership functions in today’s collaborative digital environment. The organizational component provides students an in-depth understanding of communication in teams, organizational culture and identity, and training and consulting in a diverse global and digital workplace. The strategic communication component addresses trends in public relations, marketing communication, and the functions of social media in professional settings. Exciting and forward-looking electives such as crisis communication, emerging technologies, and managing virtual teams integrate these areas and treat diverse types of media and interaction. Professional communication is directly relevant to a variety of sectors, fields, and occupations, including entrepreneurship and independent consulting, and social media in professional settings.

Add a Minor in Communication or a Certificate

In addition to arranging the communication major coursework in pathways, CU offers a minor in communication and two certificate programs at the BA level. If you're interested in specializing your degree further, you can choose to pair your major with a certificate in mediation or strategic communication.

Unsure whether you’re interested in a fully online degree program? Maybe you’re more interested in just taking a couple of classes here or there online. No problem! We’re happy to help you design a hybrid degree program that allows you to take some classes on campus and others online.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Tuition Icon

Career Outlook

Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication have a very wide range of career opportunities available to them. With skills that translate well to a variety of industries and careers, there are countless jobs available to these graduates.

Here are some of the top career opportunities that you could expect after graduation and their starting median annual salaries:

  • Social Media & Digital Design: $50k
  • HR Training & Professional Development: $100k
  • Political Analyst: $68k
  • International Brand & Communication Manager: $65k
  • Corporate Wellness Director: $85k
  • Media Writers: $61k
  • Public Relations Manager: $70k


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.