Program Overview

Valley City State University offers a B.A and B.S in Professional Communication with a corporate concentration. This major explores organizational, intercultural, and interpersonal skills in marketing, training, and development. To receive a degree in Professional Communication, students need to complete 120 credit hours, with 36 of those credit hours being in the area of major requirements.

The required courses for the Professional Communication major consist of 15 credit hours; of these, there are five classes that include Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication Research Methods, and Communication Theory. In additions, students may also complete the internship or Strategies in Communication. There is also another bulk of required classes that must be completed for the concentration, which consist of 15 credit hours. The core classes for the concentration include: Corporate Communication, Gender Communication, and Principles of Marketing. In addition to those core classes are a variety of classes where students pick two courses that complete concentration electives.

Even though the curriculum offers a wide variety of classes, one of the most rewarding and hands on experience is learned through the internship course. This ranges from 3-12 credit hours depending on the student, and is usually completed within the junior or senior year. Over the years, students in the Professional Communication major with a corporate concentration have conducted internships in the following areas: major event planning, technical writing, training, human resources, crisis communication, marketing, and communication audits.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Valley City State University is a public university located in Valley City, North Dakota. VCSU is situated on a 55 acre campus, and the entire campus is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The university is one of eleven institutions in the North Dakota University System. Valley City State University was established in 1890 as a normal school, which is also known as a teachers college, and for over one hundred years has provided students with an engaging social and academic learning environment. Staying true to its heritage, Valley City University has developed a stellar reputation for educating some of the top teachers in the area.

    VCSU offers bachelor's and master's degrees. The academic departments and divisions at VCSU consist of Communication Arts and Social Science, Business and Information Technology, School of Education and Graduate Studies, Math, Science and Health & Physical Education and Fine Arts. VCSU offers an opportunity for distance learning for students that want to earn a degree from VCSU, but don’t have a schedule that allows them to do so. The online classes are delivered through the internet, which makes students able to participate from any location that has internet access. Students have the choice of either working independently, or together with fellow distance education students.

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