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B.A. in Communication

Communication major at Marylhurst

Earn a bachelor's degree that is focused on the design and presentation of oral, written and technologically-mediated communication, and applicable in multi-career fields. Marylhurst's program combines career-focused, technical communication knowledge with valuable liberal arts skills like critical thinking, creative problem solving, ethical advocacy and multicultural competency.


Career-focused bachelor's degree program

Marylhurst's communication graduates pursue careers or advanced study in business, government, social and human services, public relations, marketing, coaching and human performance consulting. Many of our graduates go on to graduate school and earn master's degrees in such fields as education or business administration.

Comprehensive communication program

Marylhurst's communication majors complete three main areas of coursework: major requirements, Marylhurst Core and general electives. Here's a sample of some of the courses you would take within the communication major:

  • Communication, media and culture
  • Rhetoric and communication
  • Public and digital presentation
  • Comparative media history
  • Organizational and strategic communication
  • Conflict management
  • Communication inquiry and research methods

Focus your communication degree based on your goals

Communication majors at Marylhurst also have the opportunity to focus their degree by taking specific elective courses within communication areas such as advocacy, conflict mediation, cultural issues, gender studies, international relations, and film and media.

No foreign language required

Marylhurst's Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs don't require the typical two years of foreign language. Instead, students focus on major courses within communications and complete a general Marylhurst core that features content aimed at increasing knowledge and skills in the liberal arts - such as critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and multicultural competency.

Degree breakdown

To graduate with a bachelor's degree, you must complete a total of 180 credits:

Events list for the current academic year.
  Quarter Credits
Major requirements 60
Marylhurst Core requirements 40
General electives 80
Total 180*

*More than 90 percent of Marylhurst students are transfer students.
Learn if you have prior college credit that can transfer into the BA in Communication program with a free transfer evaluation.

$6,000 Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa members

Marylhurst offers Phi Theta Kappa (community college honors society members) a renewable annual scholarship of up to $6,000 for those pursuing their bachelor's degree with us. This is a renewable scholarship, which means you receive the amount each year you are enrolled at Marylhurst. The only qualification to receive the scholarship is that you are a Phi Theta Kappa member.  If that's you, connect with our Office of Admissions at or call 503.699.6268 to learn more.

Earn credit for life experience

The knowledge you've gained from a variety of areas such as corporate and on-the-job training, military training, community service, parenting, volunteer work, seminars, home management, workshops, travel study and independent research can be evaluated for credit toward your bachelor's degree through the Marylhurst's Prior Learning Assessment program. 

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