Program Overview

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has been providing students with a quality education since its founding in 1947. In recent years, the school has expanded its distance learning programming and, thus, has been able to correspondingly extend its reach to students across the country and the world. The school offers a wide array of online degree programs, and one of them is the Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies.

The Communications program at UMUC teaches students to utilize a variety of communication mediums and skills. Classes emphasize utilizing effective communication strategies in the form of speech communication, mass communication, journalism, public relations, business and technical writing, and more. All courses place an emphasis on gaining a greater understanding of human interaction.

At the degree’s completion, all students will have the skills necessary to utilize strategies for effective delivery of communication using mass media, be able to manage effective communications activities in a variety of settings, and know how to work with individuals and groups to design communication campaigns catered to specific needs.

All persons entering the communications program will need to complete 120 credits of coursework to earn their degree. Of those credits, 33 will be comprised of major-specific classes, 41 of general education courses, and 46 in minor and elective coursework. Major required courses cover topics in speech, mass communication, media studies, and writing. Students will additionally be required to complete a capstone project in which they demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and mastery of communications skills.

This bachelor’s degree can be completed online. Persons interested in learning more about the program’s requirements or application process are invited to contact UMUC faculty.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 

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