Communication

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Communication imparts the interpersonal and group communication skills required for success in all professions in today’s technological, global, and diverse world. You’ll learn effective public speaking techniques and how to develop compelling presentations, while studying communication history, theory, and ethics. This online associate degree is a good stepping-stone for careers in journalism, marketing and public relations, business management, public policy, or corporate training. Knowledge gained from this associate degree can also serve as a springboard to a related baccalaureate degree.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online associate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Public speaking skills for various situations
  • Gender communication styles, patterns, and perceptions
  • Stereotyping, language use, and nonverbal communication
  • Small group communication, effective techniques, and problems
  • Values, message systems, and communication in multicultural setting
  • Mass communication theories and mass media in American society
  • Ethical considerations in communications
  • Freedom of expression

Note: You must be able to capture video for sharing and presenting speeches. Video files are created and stored within the classroom for the students’ security.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the various theoretical models and separate parts of the communication process.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation appropriate to a selected communication setting or event.
  • Articulate the issues relevant to interpersonal and/or intercultural communication.
  • Apply relevant techniques to interpersonal and/or intercultural communication.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, models, theories, and concepts of mass communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics and processes of small group communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and dynamics of communication between genders.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.