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A communication major can be pursued online or on campus in Virginia Beach at Regent University.

B.A. in Communication Studies

Communicate with Passion. Impact with Purpose.

You’re here to make a difference. To transform lives through the power of communication. Regent’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies gives you the tools to be an effective communicator in business, politics, entertainment, news and more. Select from specialized concentrations, delivered from a Christian perspective, to empower you with the knowledge and skills to jumpstart your career.

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Grow your technical proficiency with access to a converged media lab and a multimillion dollar equipped facility.

ACCESS FACULTY EXPERTISE

Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field.

EXPLORE YOUR CAREER PATH

Develop a strong skill set for a career in technical writing, public relations, journalism, and editing. Regent’s graduates are working in 61 percent of the top Fortune 100 companies.

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Regent is ranked among Top National Universities and also tops the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2020. It is one of only 23 universities nationally “A” Rated for comprehensive liberal arts curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Meet the faculty.

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Career Opportunities:

  • Public relations spokesperson
  • Writer/editor
  • Publicist
  • Social media strategist
6%
Projected growth in media and communication employment from 2016 to 2026 Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Advertising-Public Relations program will give you an edge in the highly competitive media and marketing world. You will learn how to craft messages, manage brands, and market products with excellence.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Internet & Social Media program will prepare you to communicate effectively through online channels and social media platforms. From developing web content to interactive media, you'll learn how to connect with audiences in a powerful way.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Journalism program will prepare you to communicate powerful stories through broadcast, print, and digital media. You'll also gain experience through internships and on-campus publications.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Organizational Communication program will equip you with skills needed to produce effective solutions. From media relations and conflict resolution to negotiation, you'll learn how to build strong relationships and lead an organization to success.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Professional & Technical Writing will equip you with effective communication strategies in media, public relations, advertising and more. From courses in technical writing to feature writing, this degree will prepare you to communicate in a variety of professional positions.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Rhetoric & Public Culture program will help you master the art of persuasion as you study argumentative writing, language and dialogue. You will develop a strong skill set for a career in speech writing, public relations, media or law.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Strategic Communication program will equip you to develop strategic campaigns and package information in ways that attract attention and make a positive, lasting impact on culture.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Theatre will help develop your writing and speaking skills as you study the principles of dramatic and performance criticism, performance style, technological innovation, and artistic collaboration.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies – Undeclared will help you develop creative and critical-thinking approaches to communication. Choose courses that best support your career goals and interests in areas of business, politics, entertainment, news and more.

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Introduction to the principles and practice of effective oral communication. Through formal and informal speaking activities, students develop skills at framing and articulating ideas through speech. Students learn strategies for speaking extemporaneously, preparing and delivering presentations, formulating persuasive arguments, refining critical clarity of thought, and enhancing general facility and confidence at oral expression. Students gain practice in various speech types—including expositive and informative forms.

Historical development of the field of communication leading to current issues, emerging technologies and potential trends. Considers the cultural, aesthetic, and moral consequences of different modes of communication, as well as the human implications of emerging technologies.

Students develop communication skills in the dyadic setting as they investigate essential preconditions, conflict management, interpersonal relationships, non-verbal behavior, and creative supportive climates.

Survey of scientific and interpretative approaches to the study, analysis, and explanation of communication within a variety of contexts.

The creative process from the identification of big ideas and narrative concepts through the crafting of compelling storylines with the subsequent development of production scripts.

The various modes for packaging and presenting communication content for public relations, advertising, social media and interactive marketing with a targeted audience. Integrates cross-cultural communication strategies. Cross-listed with JRNU 330.

Admission requirements vary based on the stage you’re at in life. Select a link below to learn how to apply.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Program Type Tuition

On-Campus Student

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

 

  • $8,610 (block rate)
  • $605/credit hour
  • $574/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
  • $450/credit hour

RN to B.S. in Nursing Tuition

  • $295/credit hour

 

Student Fees

Fee

Amount

Description

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

 

$50

One-time fee, nonrefundable

Enrollment Deposit (On-Campus Students)

Enrollment Deposit (Evening/Online Students)

$150

$50

Fee is deducted from tuition costs

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

$60

One-time fee upon submission of graduation application

University Services Fee(On-Campus Students)

University Services Fee(Online Students)

$700/semester

$550/semester

Contributes to university academic and administrative operations

 

Optional Fees

Late Payment

$100/Session

Incurred per session in the event of late tuition payment

Course Fees

Varies,
$70-200 per course

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

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Program Type Tuition

On-Campus Student

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

 

  • $8,610 (block rate)
  • $574/credit hour
  • $574/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
  • $450/credit hour

RN to B.S. in Nursing Tuition

  • $295/credit hour

 

Student Fees

Fee

Amount

Description

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

 

$50

One-time fee, nonrefundable

Enrollment Deposit (On-Campus Students)

Enrollment Deposit (Evening/Online Students)

$150

$50

Fee is deducted from tuition costs

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

$60

One-time fee upon submission of graduation application

University Services Fee(On-Campus Students)

University Services Fee(Online Students)

$750/semester

$600/semester

Contributes to university academic and administrative operations

 

Optional Fees

Late Payment

$100/Session

Incurred per session in the event of late tuition payment

Course Fees

Varies,
$70-200 per course

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

“I'm grateful to Regent for developing my leadership skills, which are an essential component to the technical knowledge needed for a career in my field.”

Maximiliano Gigli, B.S. in Cybersecurity, 2020 Administrative Business Partner, Google

“I truly believe God called me to be a journalist. Perhaps one of the most important lessons that I learned from Regent is to tell stories as best as I can through the lens of God. ”

Ashley Smith, M.A. in Journalism, 2013 Daybreak Anchor and Traffic/News Reporter, 13News Now (WVEC)

“I took a trip to the campus and was blown away by the beauty of the school. What actually won me over to finally pursue an advanced degree was the professional resources offered by the School of Communication & the Arts, as well as the curriculum.”

Jonathan Santiago, M.A., 2012 Digital Media

“Things anxiety and depression told me I couldn’t do: be independent, live by myself, be completely happy, graduate college (magna cum laude!). Things I’ve done: All of the above.”

Ansley Michaela Hamby, B.A. in Communication Studies, 2020

“My friends and I feel like Regent chose us. It was clear that we were meant to be here, and we're better for it. I tell others, 'If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, something authentic, that gives evidence to God, I suggest Regent University.' Our community and the pursuit of God are unparalleled.”

Kristin Smith, B.A. in History, 2020 Next Generation Coordinator, Strong Tower Church