B.A. in Communication Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Delivery Format: Online | On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 120+

The B.A. in Communication Studies, offered online or on campus in Virginia Beach, emphasizes and enhances the critical and creative thinking approaches to communication. You will examine listening, speaking and writing techniques from a variety of perspectives to help broaden your reach as an effective communicator. You’ll also learn how to present information and respond appropriately in arenas such as business, politics, government, entertainment, news and more. Presented from a Christian worldview, you’ll choose from eight specialized concentrations – each designed to support your area of interest.

  • Develop strong interpersonal communication skills that involve conflict management, relational connection, nonverbal behavior and creative supportive climates.
  • Explore how people process and understand stories and shape messaging to suit target audiences.
  • Learn how to reply quickly and convey information concisely and persuasively.


Advertising-Public Relations

Internet & Social Media


Organizational Communication

Professional & Technical Writing

Rhetoric & Public Culture

Strategic Communication


Communication Studies – Undeclared

Career Opportunities

  • Media/Public Relations Spokesperson
  • Journalist
  • Writer/Editor
  • Publicist
  • Special Events Producer
  • Corporate Relations Negotiator
  • Social Media Strategist/Content Developer
  • Corporate Training Facilitator

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College of Arts & Sciences 2018-19 Tuition Rates

Program Type


On-Campus Student

  • 12-18 credit hours per semester
  • Under 12 credit hours
  • Over 18 credit hours


  • $8,490 (block rate)
  • $595/credit hour
  • $566/credit hour

Online Student (enrolled in 8-week classes)

  • Full-time (12* credit hours)
  • Part-time (6* credit hours)

*Average number of credits per semester.


  • $395/credit hour
  • $425/credit hour

RN to B.S. in Nursing Tuition

  • $295/credit hour


Student Fees




Application Fee (On-Campus & Evening/Online Students)



One-time fee, nonrefundable

Enrollment Deposit (On-Campus Students)

Enrollment Deposit (Evening/Online Students)



Fee is deducted from tuition costs

Graduation Fee (On-Campus & Evening/Online Students)


One-time fee upon submission of graduation application

Technology Fee (On-Campus, Evening/Online and Professional Development Students)


Supports information technology

Undergrad Support Fee (On-Campus, Evening/Online and Professional Development Students)


Contributes to undergraduate academic and administrative operations

Undergraduate Student Activity Fee (On-Campus Students only)

$100/Term, Fall & Spring only

Contributes to undergraduate student activity operations

Health Center Fee (On-Campus Students only)

$45/Semester, Fall & Spring only

Contributes to health center for students living on campus

Parking Fee (On-Campus and Early College Students)


Applies to students desiring to park their vehicles on campus

New Student Programming Fee


One-time fee applied to all incoming students


Optional Fees


Late Payment


Incurred per session in the event of late tuition payment

Course Fees

$70-200 per course

Some courses in theater, animation, cinema television or science labs carry an additional fee

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