Program Overview

New technology has changed communication, creating new opportunities to create connection with audiences with the availability of new media. In addition to written communication of the internet, the few years have seen unprecedented growth in the ability for users to create video and interactive media for relatively free compared to a traditional media company, while simultaneously gaining access to a global audience and marketplace for their material. As part of the change, traditional communication, media, and journalism sources are adapting to fit the new normal for communications and media in the 21st century. 

East Carolina University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication program to prepare students to work in public relations, communications and journalism in business, government, and community agencies. The program is based on traditional courses in mass communication along with courses reflecting the dynamic and technological communications changes occurring in media, communication, and journalism. 

The program is available online and is designed to be flexible to the student’s schedule, allowing completion of classes for students who would otherwise be unable to attend the traditional class schedule. The online curriculum allows students to finish higher education to improve their career opportunities, while maintaining their work and personal schedules.

The program is based on a foundation curriculum of general education studies in order to make the student into a better-rounded inpidual and professional. The general education courses include speech communication, public speaking, and college algebra, principles of microeconomics, American history, college algebra, psychology, developmental psychology and literature. The professional communication studies program includes a curriculum in persuasion theories, small group communication, family communication, interpersonal communication theory, computer mediated communication, conflict and communication, public speaking, argumentation, media criticism, and many other classes to develop the professional communication skills of the student.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    This is a bachelor completion program. A total of 126 semester credits are required, including transfer credits. Students must complete the first two years of college coursework prior to entrance into the program.

    Official transcripts from each college, technical institute, or university attended. Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA from all post-secondary institutions attended.


    Not all programs may be approved in every state. Students should check for state authorization prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    East Carolina University is a public research university located in Greenville, North Carolina. Founded in 1907, East Carolina University began as the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Today, ECU is the second largest university in North Carolina.

    Students at ECU can earn their degrees in a variety of subject areas. These fields of study include dance education, finance, biochemistry, instructional technology, management and many others. At ECU students can earn degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to post-secondary certificates.


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