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Master the communication skills that unlock career opportunities

124 Credit Hours

Locations offered 
100% Online
 Camp Lejeune
Fort Liberty

Course format
8-week terms

About the Campbell Adult and Online Education (AOE) Communication Studies Bachelor’s Degrees

Communication Program Overview

As the field of communication continues to evolve, AOE’s curriculum provides a broad approach that prepares you with the skills to be successful in a variety of communication-related careers and roles in almost any organization.

You have the opportunity to customize your bachelor’s degree by selecting one of four AOE Communication Studies tracks: generalist, public relations, training and development and public and interpersonal communications in a curriculum that allows you the time to take other courses of interest.

Communication Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the origins and nature of communication as an academic discipline and career
  • Articulate the importance of communication expertise to career development and civic engagement
  • Understand and apply communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
  • Interpret, evaluate and apply communication scholarship
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
  • Understand, critically analyze and enact mindful responses to messages within the broad context of communication
  • Understand and explore current issues within the field of contemporary communication

Why Choose Campbell AOE for Communication?

The Adult and Online Education communication program provides you with a well-rounded knowledge base of skills and knowledge that apply to a wide variety of employment settings. 

  • Customize your communication bachelor’s by choosing a degree track: Generalist, Public Relations, Public and Interpersonal Communications, and Training and Development.
  • Gain a career edge with the only four-year training and development communication degree in North Carolina.
  • Participate in internship opportunities to hone your skills and develop a professional portfolio.
  • Leverage the flexibility of taking your communication degree online or at one of three campuses — in a program specifically designed for the needs of adult learners.
  • Build on the flexibility of a 36-hour core curriculum that allows you to take electives in other areas of interest.
  • Benefit from accelerated 8-week terms that allow you to complete your degree sooner and put your new skills to work faster.
  • Learn from instructors who bring real-world professional communication experience across fields.
  • Get a more personal experience with smaller class sizes, allowing greater connection/interaction with your instructors.

Communication Studies Degree Tracks - AOE

Prepare for careers in broadcast journalism or media relations and acquire communication skills applicable to multiple industries and roles. Hone writing, critical thinking, presentation, and oral communication skills.

An introduction to the fundamentals of homeland security and the humanities/social sciences culminating in an Associate of Science degree that provides workplace-ready skills or opportunities to transfer to a bachelor’s degree.

Locations Offered:
Online | Camp Lejeune | Fort Liberty | Raleigh

Credit Hours: 124

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Gain the knowledge and the skill set necessary to be successful in the public relations industry. Learn strategies and techniques for effective media, government, community, crisis management, organizational, and shareholder engagement.

Locations Offered:
Online | Camp Lejeune | Fort Liberty | Raleigh

Credit Hours: 124

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Develop relational communication skills and increased confidence in public speaking, conflict management, team communication, interviewing, and cross-cultural communication. Applicable to nonprofit work, counseling, and any career field that requires close communication with individuals.

Locations Offered:

Credit Hours: 124

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Focus on communication skill development, communication theory, and instructional communication research within organizational settings in this unique program. Develop expertise to work as a communication trainer, workshop provider, HR professional, and develop training modules and programs for adult learners.

Locations Offered:
Fort Liberty | Raleigh

Credit Hours: 124

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The Campbell AOE Communication Curriculum

Core Subjects

AOE are courses designed in eight-week accelerated terms to allow flexibility for adult learners. The AOE Communication Studies degree introduces students to a broad range of core subjects, including:

  • Intro to Comm Studies/Theory
  • Presentational Speaking
  • Communication Ethics
  • Organizational Communication
  • Internship/Capstone Seminar

Degree Track Courses

Individual degree tracks include additional courses such as:

  • Writing for Mass Media
  • Organizational Communication
  • Introduction to Sports Communication
  • Copy Editing
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Team and Small Group Communication
  • Communication Training and Development

Courses vary from semester to semester. Please consult the academic catalog in each degree track for the most up-to-date information on courses offered.

Careers in Communication

All industries and organizations in both the public and private sectors need communication professionals. From public relations specialists who manage the perception of a brand or organization to government chief information officers to writers who develop content for digital and mass media to specialists who create training and development modules — communication skills are at the heart of many jobs and organizations.

Career options for graduates with excellent communication skills include:

  • Writer/Copywriter
  • Public relations specialist
  • Multimedia journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Trainer
  • Social media coordinator
  • Marketing specialist
  • Editor
  • Digital marketing specialists
  • Public relations and fundraising managers
  • Public information officer
  • Market research analysts
  • Public relations coordinator

Getting Started in an AOE Communication Degree Program

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