Program Overview

Prospective students are able to pursue either the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with an Information Specialist concentration at Austin Peay State University. This program is offered at the Department of Communication at APSU and is designed for students that wish to pursue information management careers in both the public and private sector. Graduates should also be prepared to take continuing education at the graduate level in a field in or unrelated to communications.

This program may be completed entirely online, which is intended to aid working students with complicated schedules. Students are able to enroll in either a full-time or part-time basis, depending on availability and ability. Possible career opportunities include positions in tourism and economic development, chambers of commerce, nonprofit agencies, and military-based public affairs departments.

To complete this program, students must earn a total of 120 hours of credit, including 41 hours from a general education core. This core includes classes from a range of disciplines that include communications, the humanities, and social and natural sciences. The main difference between Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science candidates is that BA students must develop proficiency in one foreign language, which is demonstrated by earning six credits in the subject.

The major and concentration requirements for this program include a set of three core classes that result in nine credits and a number of courses needed to properly instruct in the Information Specialist concentration. Those enrolled take courses in relevant subjects such as integrated corporate communication, media law, public relations campaigns, and news reporting.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist degrees.


    Official transcripts. COMPASS assessment (through the APSU Testing Center). 

    School Overview

    Founded in 1927, and named for Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, serving at the time of the school’s establishment, the university originated as a normal school for educators. Today, Austin Peay State University (APSU) is a four-year public institution of higher education, and its main campus is located in the city of Clarksville, Tennessee. Austin Peay State University hosts distance education degrees and courses through APSU Online and Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP).

    Online degrees include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and a teacher education and licensure program. Students can enroll in the Associate of Science Liberal Arts program or pursue a bachelor degree, including, but not limited to, fields of: communication, computer science, criminal justice, medical technology, nursing, political science, public management, and professional studies. Master’s degrees range from studies in education and communication to professional studies and nursing. Educator programs include add-on endorsements and professional development. Some programs are hybrid and do require on-campus components, while other courses may require proctored exams. Coursework is asynchronous, but classes follow that of traditional calendars with set assignments and deadlines. Online classes have the same start date as on-campus counterparts.


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