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Online Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BA)

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About This Program

Explore the evolving and dynamic communications industry as you learn to create clear, concise, and content-rich communication with a BA in Communication from American Public University (APU).

APU’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication helps you prepare to communicate in a sound, professional, and responsible fashion. The program’s coursework explores public speaking; small group, interpersonal, and mass communication; theory and research; communication ethics; and social media.

APU’s online classroom will be an engaging laboratory for collaboration as you learn industry best practices from expert faculty, some of whom bring real-world media experience to your learning.

What You Will Do

  1. Use communication concepts and create messages appropriate to audience, purpose, and context
  2. Critically analyze messages
  3. Show how ethical communication principles and practices are applied
  4. Use communication to embrace difference and influence public discussion
  5. Show your ability to accomplish communication-related goals

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Degree at a Glance

Number of Credits
Cost Per Credit
$285 | $250*
Courses Start Monthly

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start Mar 6
Register by Mar 3

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e., GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Materials Cost

Technology fee: $65 per course | $0 for active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists.

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Consumer Information

*Cost Per Credit Hour

To minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a university book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.
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