Gain Foundational Skills for Many Professions With a Communications Degree
Interpersonal and organizational communication is the foundation of human societies. As a communications degree major at Grand Canyon University (GCU), you will explore the principles and best practices of communication exchanges. The BA in Communications is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at GCU. It examines interpersonal and organizational communications, with an emphasis on the latter to thoroughly prepare individuals to pursue professional objectives.
You will develop foundational skills that are applicable to a wide range of professional functions, including public relations, sales and marketing, human resources and political communications. You may earn your BA in Communications degree online or on campus. All online communications degree courses offer the same high-caliber education as the on-campus classes, with some additional flexibility. They are taught by fully qualified instructors who provide effective guidance and mentorship.
What You Will Learn in GCU’s BA in Communications Degree Program
The BA in Communications degree program at GCU integrates a research-based approach into the curriculum to provide you with a thorough framework for achieving personal and professional success. Beyond becoming an effective communicator and presenter of ideas, you will acquire key advocacy and conflict resolution skills. This will involve exploring small group exchanges, public relations fundamentals, critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making. Some of the courses that are integral to the communications degree program include the following:
- Argumentation and Advocacy
- Principles of Public Relations
- Conflict and Negotiation
- Communication Research Methods
As a private Christian university, GCU emphasizes the role of ethics in decision-making and business leadership. You are encouraged to explore the Christian worldview and understand how it applies to everyday situations. The instructors will guide you in learning how to become an effective servant leader. Some of the additional core competencies you will acquire with a degree in communications include the following:
- The theoretical art of persuasion and its strategic applications in communication campaigns
- Communication styles, rituals and traditions, including verbal and nonverbal communication, in a diverse and intercultural world
- Designing, developing and delivering corporate training and development programs
- Principles and processes of small group communication, including skills pertaining to participation and leadership
Career Opportunities for Graduates With a Degree in Communications
An in-person or online communications degree can provide the basis for rewarding careers in many different fields, industries and positions. Here are some industries and careers that BA in Communications graduates may pursue:
Career paths in virtually every field and area of expertise can benefit from the skills learned in a BA in Communications degree program. Graduates may choose to pursue work in a private company, agency setting, public organization or nonprofit entity.
Communications Degree Program FAQs
Learn more about earning your communications degree with GCU’s answers to these common questions.
1 Retrieved from The Princeton Review, Top 10 College Majors in May 2021
2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Media and Communication Occupations as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates in Media and Communication Occupations. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.
3 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(“BLS”), Human Resources Managers as of May 2021, retrieved on Oct. 25, 2022. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Human Resources Managers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.