B.A. in Communication Curriculum at Marylhurst

student marylhurst iconAs a student in the Marylhurst communication major, your communication curriculum will include effective communication processes in specific social contexts, from individual and small groups to large organizations. In addition, the communication curriculum  dives into principles and concepts from the fields of communication and media studies to investigate human interaction within a global and digital context. And because Marylhurst University is an applied liberal arts school, coursework incorporates the liberal arts into all aspects of the curriculum. This makes our graduates highly sought after in the job market where employers are looking for candidates with strong written communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  The B.A. in Communication program is now accepting inquiries and applicants for 2017. 

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Communication Curriculum & B.A. Degree Requirements

To earn your B.A. in Communication from Marylhurst, you will complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:

Major requirements (60 credits)

  • Core courses (32 credits) featuring topics in communication and rhetoric, conflict management, media and culture, organizational and strategic communication, media history and inquiry and research.
  • Major electives (28 credits) in which you select elective coursework in communication or culture and media (which includes history and philosophy). You decide the combination of courses that best meet your career goals.

Marylhurst Core (40 credits)
Fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.

General electives (80 credits)
Choose courses outside of communication from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to better define your career focus. Most Marylhurst incoming students transfer in credit from their previous college work or through our Prior Learning Assessment program.

No Foreign Language Required in the Communication Curriculum

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.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Student at Marylhurst UniversityInterested in combining communication coursework with another academic discipline, like psychology? If you have a specific career goal or interests that span more than one academic subject, consider our bachelor’s degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies. Through this program, you can design a degree program (with guidance from academic advisers and faculty) that best meets your career aspirations.

// Learn more about Marylhurst’s Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Transfer in Your Previous College Credit

Most of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and many students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core or General Electives requirements completed.

Degree Completion

The average time to complete the B.A. in Communication program is three years. Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit, reducing the investment of time and financial resources necessary to earn their degree.

  View a  SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the Communication program that shows you classes in the program and how (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.

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