B.A. in Communication


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At Alvernia University, you can earn your degree and achieve your goals in a format that works for you.

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  • Tuition

    Online B.A. in Communication tuition is $460 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you. More

  • Salary

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for media and communication occupations is $54,780. More

  • Interactive

    Engage with peers in a pragmatic and ethics-driven learning environment. The program prepares you to serve people in your community. More


The online B.A. in Communication program requires 123 credit hours, which can be achieved with the following courses. Two tracks are available online:

  • Strategic Communications
  • PR & Advertising

Liberal Arts  Core Courses (31-55 credits)*
All Alvernia University students are required to complete between 31-55 credits toward the Liberal Arts Core. Transfer work may be applicable for this area. As part of the application process, students receive specific information regarding remaining credits.

General Elective Requirements (as needed)**

Communication Major Requirements (48-57 credits)

Courses that all communication majors must complete are:

COM 103 – Fundamentals of Speech
COM 122 – Mass Media: Theory and Application
COM 131 – Writing for the Media
COM 420 – Law and Ethics of Mass Communication
COM 480 – Research Seminar OR COM 481 – Internship

In addition, you’ll need to take 6 credits in Communication electives, 9 credits in English electives and 6 credits in related electives.

*Students entering the program with 70+ transferable credits or an associate degree must complete 30/31 Liberal Arts Core credits.
**A total of 123 credits, including 3 credits in a human diversity course, are required to complete a bachelor’s degree. To adhere to Franciscan Values, community service hours are also required.
***Students in the B.A. in Communication program will be required to take an Excel course.


For entrance into the Online B.A. in Communication program, you’ll need to:

Interested in Alvernia’s On-Campus B.A. in Communication program, click here to learn more


Online B.A. in Communication tuition is $460 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you.

Potential Careers

A communication degree is a strong foundation for many career opportunities. Possible options include:

  • Editor: $57,210 (BLS)

    Plan, review and revise content for publication.

  • Public Relations Specialist: $58,020 (BLS)

    Design media releases to help create and maintain a favorable public image of an organization.

  • Reporter, Correspondent or Broadcast News Analyst: $38,870 (BLS

    Inform the public about news and events.

  • Writer or Author: $61,240 (BLS)

    Develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, blogs and other types of media.