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B.S./B.A. in Communication Studies

Learn Communication Principles and Practices for Any Business Setting

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Transfer Up to 135 Credits

B.A. or B.S. Option

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  • Duration 4 years
  • Cost per Credit $265
  • Credit Hours 180

Program Benefits

  • Hands-on media and business communication experiences
  • Flexible, online learning format
  • Seasoned, published faculty
  • Multiple transfer pathways
  • Career support through Handshake

*Price reflects tuition for Oregon residents. Non-resident tuition is $305/credit hour. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information.

Affordable, Convenient Communications Degree Online

EOU’s communications degree gives you hands-on media and business communication experience at a fraction of the cost of other universities. At just $265 per credit hour, this online communications degree is ranked No. 6 for affordability.

Gain all the interpersonal communication skills you need and elevate into a confident public speaker to pursue a variety of career paths with skills for communications degree jobs.

Our unique coursework features digital media, listening skills, interview strategies, advertising principles and more. Further customize your degree by choosing a B.A. or B.S. to concentrate on liberal arts or science focused courses.

Finish by completing communication research under the direction of our expert faculty, and present at a local conference.

Communication Studies Curriculum 

Core Curriculum

Our degree includes required course credit hours plus elective credit hours. Required courses include interpersonal communication, interviewing, public speaking, conflict management and others. Upper-level courses focus on communication theory and ethics.

Options for elective credit hours are more specialized to suit your unique interests. Choose from marketing, web design, new media, cultural communication and more. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

Although we do not have formal specializations, you can choose to take more courses in business communication, media communication or general human communication.

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Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool. 

Career Outlook

The online Bachelor’s in Communication Studies program delivers skills and expertise sought by employers in nearly every industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the media and communication field is expanding at a pace of four percent. At this rate, more than 46,000 new positions in the industry will be available by 2029.1

Discover the opportunities that await you as a graduate, and embark on the pathway to career success with EOU Online.

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Program Outcomes

  • Study and produce digital media
  • Speak with confidence in any arena
  • Understand global communication and diversity
  • Use conflict and negotiation skills
  • Participate in service learning
  • Pair curriculum with other fields, if desired
“I always assumed that after college I would struggle to find a career I enjoyed. However, I have come to realize that the opportunities for students in this field are vast and growing immensely.  The passion I have for the work, as well as the knowledge I gained while at EOU, helped me to excel at the job. I could not be happier with the career path I have chosen and the opportunities that became available to me due to the excellent education I received.”
– Ashley Butler, 2016; Communication Studies; Halfway, Oregon

Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $47,700.  The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $265.*

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*Price reflects tuition for Oregon residents. Non-resident tuition is $305/credit hour. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information.

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Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Admission Requirements

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*only needed for students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours, fewer than three years after high school graduation.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.

Coursework for the bachelor’s in communication studies incorporates many timely technologies such as social media, YouTube, Google, audiovisual recording and editing, web development and more.

Yes. Seniors in the communication studies program can register for an internship course-even if you are working online. A faculty member will guide and assess the internship in preparation for the senior capstone course.

Our diverse faculty have many areas of expertise and are made up of a mix of full-time and part-time professors.

The online program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time with two classes every 11 weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The first step is to start your application. You’ll need to submit your official transcripts and pay your application fee. Find out more about applying here.

Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.

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1Media and Communication Occupations. Sept. 1, 2020. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2021, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/home.htm