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Online Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

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Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: May 27, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 1, 2024

Catapult Your Career by Learning the Dynamics of Communication

LSU Alexandria

Master the art of oral, written, and mediated communication as you multiply your career choices with the online Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from LSU Alexandria. This flexible degree prepares students to demonstrate an expansive knowledge of the communications discipline by studying public relations, human relationships, and visual communications. Additionally, LSUA's online programs provide you the opportunity to synchronously interact with instructors (in real-time) via video conferencing and other technologies in a flexible format that fits your busy schedule. These sessions also allow engagement with course content and build a community among our online students.

As an in-demand communications major, career possibilities are numerous and varied. From engineering firms to public relations, nonprofits to political campaigns, the knowledge, and skills you learn with this online communications degree are so versatile, you’ll get to choose your passion and role that you end up calling your job.

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Cost Online Communication Studies

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $325

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $9,750

Total cost with fees: $39,000

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. Transfer credits may apply for up to 75% of degree requirements. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSUA degree. For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

LSU Online offers financial aid to those who qualify.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online Communication Studies

General Education Credit Hours
ENGL 1001 English Composition 3
ENGL 1002 English Composition II 3
General Education Social Science 6
MATH 1021 College Algebra or MATH 1313 Finite Mathematics 3
MATH 2011 General Statistics 3
General Education Biology 3
General Education Natural Sciences 6
General Education Communication 3
General Education History 6
General Education Fine Arts 3
Total Required Credit Hours 39


Core Major Courses Credit Hours
CMST 2015 Visual Communication 3
CMST 2151 Media Writing 3
CMST 3080 Mass Media Law 3
CMST 3500 Introduction to Communication Research Methods 3
CMST 4120 Computer-Mediated Communication 3
CMST 4160 Persuasive Communication 3
Total Required Credit Hours 18


Concentration Courses Credit Hours
Communication Electives Any CMST 18
Total Required Credit Hours 18


Additional Requirements Credit Hours
Foreign Language Electives 6
English Literature Elective 3
Humanities or Fine Arts Electives 9
Social Science Electives 9
Free Electives 18
Total Required Credit Hours 45


Admission Requirements Online Communication Studies

For university acceptance, first-time freshman must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete high school Core curriculum for college readiness in place at time of high school graduation
  • Not be required to take more than one developmental course
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Have an ACT composite of 20 or higher
    • Have a high school Core grade point average of at least 2.0


Transfer students to LSUA must meet one of the following sets of criteria:

  • Have earned a transferable associate degree or higher
  • Have earned at least 18 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • Have earned at least 12 hours of college-level credit from LSUE or CLTCC Bridge Program, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
  • If the above are not met, meet freshman admission requirements and be in good standing with their previous institution

Career Opportunities Online Communication Studies

  • multimedia journalists
  • social media content creators
  • web developers
  • corporate communication
  • event planners
  • social media managers
  • nonprofit executives
  • public relations coordinators
  • television producer
  • public relations consultant
  • media relations specialist
  • customer service representative
  • development officer
  • political campaign strategist

What Will I Learn? Online Communication Studies

Students who graduate with an online communication studies degree will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue many different career pathways.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • An introduction to the design, creation, and critique of visual media
  • Practice in locating sources of news, interviewing, and note-taking; evaluating and organizing facts; writing basic kinds of news stories; using wire service style
  • A study of the legal rights of and the legal restraints on the mass media
  • A study of research methods in the field of communication
  • A study of the dynamics of interpersonal, small group, and public forums when mediated through technology
  • Exploration of persuasion, compliance gaining, and social influence in communication

Why Choose This Program? Online Communication Studies

Why choose LSUA’s online Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies?

The online bachelor’s degree in communication from LSUA is an affordable, comprehensive program that prepares graduates for employment right after graduation. With flexible coursework and a unique learning format, the program provides engaging virtual content that helps build a solid foundation of knowledge.

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  • Additional information on the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies online program
  • Financial aid options (employer funding, military benefits)
  • Receiving credit for past education (transfer, professional development)
  • The admissions process and timeline

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