Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication

Problem-solving, verbal and written communication skills, leadership, analytical skills, and the ability to work in a team are common attributes that employers look for in potential employees, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2020 survey.

Problem-solving, verbal and written communication skills, leadership, analytical skills, and the ability to work in a team are common attributes that employers look for in potential employees, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2020 survey.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

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About the Program

Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication

With ACU’s online Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication program, you will learn skills that are vital to the job market: problem-solving, team building, message crafting, and leadership. You’ll learn to think critically about communication and interpersonal interactions as you participate in important topics – those concerning organizational conflicts, race, politics, employee behaviors, the impact of technology, and even family issues. Graduate with real-world examples in hand — during your program, you’ll create an e-portfolio of work that you can share with future employers.

Program Structure

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The Healthcare Communication track focuses on tools in leadership, crisis management, and organizational analysis to be an effective leader in the healthcare industry.
The Organizational Change track provides cutting-edge understanding and experience in change management vital for today’s leaders.

Tracks

Healthcare Communication
Organizational Change

Required Hours

Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 22 hours in electives)

Example Coursework

Health Communication
Persuasion
Executing Organizational Change
Crisis Management in Organizations

Upcoming Start Dates

October 19, 2021
January 11, 2022

Common Job Titles

Change Management Specialist Communications Coordinator
Health Educator
Non-profit Director
Public Affairs Officer
Public Health Communication Specialist
Training and Development Manager

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Dena Counts, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Dr. Dena Counts, Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication

Dr. Dena Counts is an assistant professor and the program director for two programs – the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication and the online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. Dena received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from ACU. After working in the fields of fundraising, consulting, training, and human resources, Dena returned to ACU where she has served in multiple roles during the past 12 years. Dena received her doctorate in Organizational Leadership through ACU Online in 2019. Dena loves the challenge of teaching online and she is continually looking to improve learning and communication strategies for the online student.

 

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ACU’s online undergraduate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in gaining a bachelor’s degree in an online modality.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Be out of high school for at least four years OR matriculate from institutions with an articulation agreement with ACU.*
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

*Students who have earned a GED must be at least 22 years of age.

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher to meet graduation requirements and complete at least 33 advanced hours.

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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).