Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication

Connect. Advocate. Transform.

If you are interested in leading change, discovering what makes people tick, understanding why words matter, or advocating for social justice, then you should consider a bachelor's degree in communication.

The field of communication focuses on analyzing, designing, communicating and mediating messages among diverse groups in organizations and society. Skills you'll learn as a communication major - such as critical thinking, leaderhsip, advocacy, emotional intelligence and working in teams - are exactly what employers are looking for in a college graduate. In short, the ability to communicate well is one of the top skills employers seek.

A communication degree from ACU is versatile. Whether you choose to enter a career upon graduation or seek a graduate or professional degree, communication will prepare you to effectively navigate relationships, strengthen organizations and engage cultural differences to impact the world for Christ.

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ACU offers two communication degrees:

Whether you earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in communication, you will choose from among three concentrations: Corporate and Nonprofit, Public Advocacy and Communication Studies.

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What can you do after graduation?

A degree in communication is flexible and equips you to succeed in a variety of careers. Examples of career paths include:

  • Nonprofit administration
  • Social media management
  • Public relations
  • Human resources
  • Recruiting
  • Negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Organizational consulting

Clubs and Activities

As a communication major, you will have the opportunity to expand your skill set and network with a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, including:

  • Professional internships
  • Independent and faculty-led research
  • ACU Speech and Debate Team
  • Study abroad
  • Lambda Pi Eta (communication honor society)
  • COSO department clubs
  • ACU Speaking Center
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Degree Details


Corporate and Nonprofit Communication

Public Advocacy

Communication Studies

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 48 credit hours (choice of 3 concentrations) + Electives: 24 credit hours (B.S. degree)* = Total Required: 128 credit hours

*B.A. degree includes 15 hours of electives and a 9-hour supplement

Example Coursework

Nonprofit Event Communication

Intercultural Communication

Small Group Communication

Business and Professional Communication

Minor Available:



Communication and Sociology

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: November 1st

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

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