Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication

Communicating with others is a vital skill for the workplace. Classes focus on problem-solving, leadership, presentation skills, crisis management, team building, and conflict navigation. Our graduates work as non-profit directors, communications coordinators, training managers, change management specialists, and other fields that rely on communicating with people.

Communicating with others is a vital skill for the workplace. Classes focus on problem-solving, leadership, presentation skills, crisis management, team building, and conflict navigation. Our graduates work as non-profit directors, communications coordinators, training managers, change management specialists, and other fields that rely on communicating with people.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

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Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication

With ACU’s online Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication program, you will learn skills that are vital to the job market: problem-solving, team building, message crafting, and leadership. You’ll learn to think critically about communication and interpersonal interactions as you participate in important topics – those concerning organizational conflicts, race, politics, employee behaviors, the impact of technology, and even family issues. Graduate with real-world examples in hand — during your program, you’ll create an e-portfolio of work that you can share with future employers.

Program Structure

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As an Applied Communication major, you’ll be taking classes in Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership and Communication, Training and Development, Crisis Communication, and Persuasion, to name a few. Plus, you’ll be able to choose a concentration of either Organizational Change or Healthcare Communication.

Required Hours

Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 22 hours in electives)

Example Coursework

Health Communication
Persuasion
Executing Organizational Change
Crisis Management in Organizations

Upcoming Start Dates

June 28, 2022
August 23, 2022

Common Job Titles

Change Management Specialist Communications Coordinator
Health Educator
Non-profit Director
Public Affairs Officer
Public Health Communication Specialist
Training and Development Manager

Concentrations

Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication, organizational change

Organizational Change

The Organizational Change concentration provides cutting-edge understanding and experience in change management vital for today’s leaders. Students will experience how to lead others through organizational change initiatives, concentrating on decision making, leadership, and moving employees past resistance to change engagement. Plus, our Applied Communication majors will learn how to consult with businesses concerning organizational change efforts.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication, healthcare communication

Healthcare Communication

The Healthcare Communication concentration focuses on tools in leadership, crisis management, and organizational analysis to be an effective leader in the healthcare industry. Students will take courses in healthcare leadership/communication, ethics, and communication campaigns, as they focus on how communication can improve the workplace for healthcare employees.

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Dena Counts, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Dr. Dena Counts, Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication

Dr. Dena Counts is an assistant professor and the program director for two programs – the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication and the online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. Dena received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from ACU. After working in the fields of fundraising, consulting, training, and human resources, Dena returned to ACU where she has served in multiple roles during the past 12 years. Dena received her doctorate in Organizational Leadership through ACU Online in 2019. Dena loves the challenge of teaching online and she is continually looking to improve learning and communication strategies for the online student.

 

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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Submit official high school and/or college transcripts.
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher to meet graduation requirements and complete at least 33 advanced hours.

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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).