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Bachelor of Science in Communication

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Program Overview

Prepare for promising opportunities in a growing job market by earning your Bachelor of Science in Communication online from UHV. No matter what occupation you choose, the ability to think critically and communicate effectively is highly valued by all employers. This online program provides you with the background and analytical skills you need to reach your potential in a variety of careers.

We offer five start dates each year, and you can complete your degree in as few as 16 months.

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$266 Per Credit Hour
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120 Credit Hours
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$266 Per Credit Hour
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120 Credit Hours

Advances in technology use across the globe creates a greater demand for qualified individuals with writing, speaking, desktop publishing and intercultural communication skills. In fact, public relations roles are predicted to have some of the fastest wage and employment growth over the next decade. Taught by experienced faculty, the B.S. in Communication online curriculum covers moral philosophy, rhetorical strategies, research design and statistical analysis used in social sciences as well as insightful topics in science, literature and history.

Ranked #1 among the "Most Affordable Online Colleges in Texas" by BestColleges.com (2018)

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In this program, you will gain:

  • Communication and management skills that are valuable in the business world, preparing you for a variety of careers
  • Skills in leadership, problem-solving and crisis communication
  • In-depth understanding of how to apply theory and processes of communication within organizations
  • Solid foundation in core principles and practices to help you understand, analyze and respond to communication problems and opportunities in a variety of settings

This program prepares you for roles such as:

  • Brand Manager
  • Marketing or Advertising Manager
  • Content Writer or Copywriter
  • Various positions in public relations or journalism (digital, broadcast, print)

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Tuition

The B.S. in Communication online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition with all fees included.

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$266 Per Credit Hour
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$798 Per 3-Credit-Hour Course

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Fees

A $25 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again.

Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

UHV online bachelor's in communication programs ranked #3 nationally among the "Top 20 Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Communications and Public Relations" by Affordable Schools (AffordableSchools.net, 2016)

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UHV online programs are delivered in a convenient and accelerated online format, featuring 8-week courses and multiple start dates throughout the year, so you can earn your degree faster.

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Admissions

We've streamlined the admission process so it's easier for you to get started on your degree. Find the requirements for the B.S. in Communication online, what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

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GPA GPA of 2.0 or higher
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GPA GPA of 2.5 or higher

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Students interested in the B.S. in Communication program must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Submit undergraduate application and $25 application fee
  • Cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Freshmen: SAT score of 940 or higher or ACT score of 18 or higher
  • Transfer students (12 or more credit hours from other institutions): official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours.

    Official transcripts, test scores and other materials that come from third-party sources may be emailed or mailed from the granting institution(s) to:

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    University of Houston-Victoria
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Courses

To earn the B.S. in Communication online, students must complete a total of 120 semester credit hours. Courses include: Freshman Seminar (3 credit hours), University Core Curriculum (43 credit hours), Bachelor of Science Program Requirements (8 credit hours), Communication Program Requirements (12 credit hours), Upper Division General Requirements (21 credit hours), and Upper Division Communication Electives (12 hours), plus any other electives needed to equal 120 credit hours.

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This course is waived for transfer students with 30 credit hours or who have taken a similar course from another accredited institution.

UNIV 1300: First Year Seminar

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an academic context for: (1) the understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of a college education; (2) study and life skills necessary for academic success; and, (3) opportunities for connection with peers, faculty and the institution. This course is required for freshmen students in all majors and any student entering the university with less than 30 SCH.

General education courses are required based on admission standing and transfer credits.

English – 6 credit hours

ENGL 1301: English Composition I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Composition course providing instruction in the writing and analysis of expository prose; emphasis on rhetorical principles and basic organizational modes.

ENGL 1302: English Composition II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Continued Development of writing skills acquired in English 1301 and development of critical thinking skills in argumentation, analysis and interpretation of various types of literature.

Political Science – 6 credit hours

PSCI 2305: US Government

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to United States national government and politics; including constitutional basis, processes, institutions and policies of U.S. Government and politics.

PSCI 2306: Texas Government

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to Texas state and local government including constitutional basis, processes, institutions and policies of Texas government and politics.

History – 6 credit hours

HIST 1301: U.S. History I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course of US history from 1492 to 1865 including social, political, intellectual, economic and military history will be explored.

HIST 1302: U.S. History II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course of US history from 1865 to present, including social political, intellectual, economic and military history will be explored.

Math – 3 credit hours

MATH 1314: College Algebra

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will cover quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions, system of equations, progression, sequences and series, matrices and determinants.

Life & Physical Sciences – 6 credit hours from the following

BIOL 1308: Biology I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors.

BIOL 1309: Biology II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors.

BIOL 1322: Human Nutrition

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to nutrition for students of science and non-science majors. Topics include fundamentals of nutrition, metabolism, digestion, absorption, nutrient storage and drug/nutrient interactions.

Humanities – 3 credit hours

HUMA 1301: Introduction to Humanities

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This stand alone course is an interdisciplinary survey of cultures focusing on the philosophical and aesthetic factors in human values with an emphasis on the historical development of the individual and society and the drive to create. This course will offer selected, interrelated topics in philosophy, literature, religion, and the arts and sciences from ancient times to about the year 1700.

Creative Arts – 3 credit hours

COMM 1335: Introduction to Radio & TV

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course focusing on historical, technical, and governmental aspects of the broadcast industry. Topics such as programming, sales, rating, and public broadcasting will be introduced.

Social/Behavioral Science – 3 credit hours

PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey of Introductory topics such as learning, memory, sensation and perception, personality, life-span development, psychological basis of behavior, stress and health, psychological disorders, social psychology and research methods.

Additional Courses – 6 credit hours

COSC 1301: Technology & Problem Solving

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to technology, algorithmic problem solving and their applications for students in sciences, humanities, social sciences and business.

SPCH 1315: Introduction to Public Speaking

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction of the basic principles and techniques in research, composition, organization and delivery of speeches for various purposes appropriate for purpose, occasion and audience.

Students earning their Bachelor of Science must take the following courses.

ENGL 3430: Professional Writing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Study of Professional writing, including correspondence, proposals, research reports, resumes and job letters. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302

BIOL 1309: Biology II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors.

BIOL 1107: Biology II Lab

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory designed to give hands-on experience and to reinforce basic principles of diversity, ecology, and evolution. Three lab hours each week.

The following upper division courses are required.

PSYC 3315: Statistics for the Social Sciences

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Descriptive and inferential statistics used in the social sciences. Prerequisites: MATH 1314

PSYC 4318: Research Methods for the Social Sciences

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Research design and statistical analyses used in the social sciences. Prerequisites: PSYC 3315

ENGL 3312: Grammar and Rhetoric

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the structure of English and rhetorical strategies for writing.

ENGL 3310: Introduction to the Study of Language

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of English language including attitudes, terminology, phonology, morpho-syntactic and lexical structures. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301

ENGL 4300: Selected Topics/Language & Literature

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Specific focus on a selected topic in language and/or literature. Topics vary by instructor. May be repeated with a change of focus.

HUMA 4322: Ethics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to the history of moral philosophy in the western tradition from the pre-Socratics to contemporary thinkers, and exposes students to the fundamental issues of moral philosophy and to the major positions on how to address them.

HIST 4300: Selected Topics in U.S. History

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Topic courses in U.S. History.

Students earning their B.A. in Communication must take the following courses.

COMM 3310: Introduction to Communication Theory

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces and examines theoretical approaches to mediated and interpersonal communication useful for everyday living. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302, sophomore standing or higher

COMM 3311: Organizational Communication

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to theories and processes of communication within and by organizations. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher; Communication majors and minors must also have completed or be concurrently enrolled in COMM 3310

COMM 4314: Intercultural Communication

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theories and research relating to how people of different cultures communicate, the cultural factors which influence communication styles, and conflicts caused by differences. ENGL 1301 is preferred to be taken before COMM 4314.

COMM 4330: New Media Theory

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the tensions between old media and new in digital culture by surveying theoretical approaches to this relationship. Prerequisites: Junior standing or higher; completion of/Enrollment in COMM 3310

Students must take 12 hours of upper division communication courses, plus any other electives needed to equal 120 credits.

COMM 4313: Communication and Conflict

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to theories and principles of conflict and communication and the role of communication in causing, preventing, mediating, and managing the conflict process.

COMM 3325: Professional Speaking

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on professional leadership competencies in oral discourse; understanding purpose, analyzing audiences, organizing and supporting ideas, developing listening and presentational skills, and utilizing technology appropriately.

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