Studying Communication at Regis

Regis University’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree examines communication theory and its application to interpersonal, social, and professional interaction. Students will explore communication dynamics including conflict resolution and will build a foundation to become ethical and effective communicators.
Classroom Online Accelerated

B.A. Communication

Degree Overview

"Communication, the human connection, is the key to personal and career success.” ~Paul J. Meyer

Nothing in the world is accomplished without clear and effective communication. It is how every person, organization, and nation understands and interacts with each other. Communication is critical in the strategic success of today's organizations, from small businesses and nonprofits, to major corporations and global enterprises.

In fact, ineffective communication is one of the most frequent causes of lost customers, misunderstandings, missed sales, low employee productivity, and billions of dollars in associated costs. (Harvard Business Review)

Regis courses are developed in response to the skills and qualities employers say they need in the workplace. Human resource professionals estimate that more than 80% of the people who fail at their jobs do so because they can’t listen and communicate effectively. (SIS International Research)

Whether you are a current communication professional or are seeking a management career in other fields, the B.A. degree in Communication from Regis University's College for Professional Studies equips you to:

  • Lead
  • Collaborate
  • Think critically
  • Persuade and motivate
  • Problem solve
  • Resolve conflict
  • Negotiate
  • Function Effectively across cultures

Whether you are a current communication professional or are seeking a management career in other fields, the B.A. in Communication degree from Regis University's College for Professional Studies equips you to play a significant role in the strategic success of today's range of companies, from small businesses and nonprofits, to major corporations and global enterprises.

Further develop high-demand skills by earning a specialization or certificate in:

  • Conflict Management
  • Leadership

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication program also prepares students who would like to continue their education and earn:

“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins, American Motivational Speaker & Author

A Faster Path to Success Through Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Students entering into the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program have the opportunity to earn their B.A. in Communication and Master of Arts with a specialization in Communication through our combined bachelor's to master's program.

Learn how you can complete both degree programs at a faster pace and a more affordable cost.

Total Degree Requirements: 128 credit hours

  • Combined Bachelor's and Master's degrees: 158 credit hours
  • Core studies requirements: 45 credit hours
  • Foundational course requirements: 12 credit hours
  • Upper division requirements: 33 credit hours
  • Specialization (optional): 12 credit hours
  • Minor (optional):0-12 credit hours
  • General electives: 14-26 credit hours (if minor is selected); 38 credit hours (if minor is not selected)

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

CPS: Undergraduate Core

Advncd Oral/Written

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

(3SH)
COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475

English Composition

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

EN 203 (3SH)

Global Issues

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Global Issues (6SH)

HU 366 - Leading Lives That Matter

Provides an opportunity to explore the question, "How ought we to live?" in light of educational and professional goals within the context of the Jesuit tradition.

Literature/Hum

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Literature/Humanities (3SH)

Mathematics

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

MT 201, MT 204, MT 270 (3SH)

Natural Science

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Natural Science (3SH)

Oral Communication

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

COM 210 or COM 211 (3SH)

Philosophy

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

All PL courses (6SH)

Religious Studies

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

all RC and RS courses (6SH)

Social Science

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Social Science (6SH)

Communication Major Foundational

COM 310 - Interpersonal Communication

Studies interpersonal aspects of communication. Introduces concepts and related skills that define communication in a variety of face-to-face contexts. Includes models of communication, language and meaning, nonverbal and verbal communication, perception, conflict and establishing positive human relationships via communication.

COM 382 - Understanding Communication

Applies foundational ideas about communication to personal, social, and professional relations. Explores communication concepts that explain and predict everyday behaviors in relationships, groups, organizations and across generations, cultures and genders.

COM 427 - Communication Ethics

Explores theoretical and practical issues in the explanations of ethical options and decisions in relational, organizational, and mass communication contexts. Case studies, practical analysis, and current ethical dilemmas in communication are investigated from multiple theoretical perspectives.

COM 483 - Research Methods

Introduces scientific research methodology. Includes qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on interpreting research studies in a critical manner and the skills necessary to begin original research.

Cross listing(s): PY 483 SO 483.

Communication Major Upper Division

COM 494 - Senior Capstone

Provides the culminating experience of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory. Must be completed as graded course work at Regis University.

Cross listing(s): SO 494 PY 494 BAS 494.

COM Electives

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Take thirty (30) upper division semester hours of
Communication electives selected from the following:
COM 400, COM 401, COM 406, COM 407, COM 408, COM 410,
COM 412, COM 416, COM 418, COM 420, COM 437,
COM 442, COM 450, COM 451, COM 455, COM 466, COM 467,
COM 470, COM 472, COM 474, COM 480

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

COM 310 Interpersonal Communication (3.00)

Studies interpersonal aspects of communication. Introduces concepts and related skills that define communication in a variety of face-to-face contexts. Includes models of communication, language and meaning, nonverbal and verbal communication, perception, conflict and establishing positive human relationships via communication.

COM 382 Understanding Communication (3.00)

Applies foundational ideas about communication to personal, social, and professional relations. Explores communication concepts that explain and predict everyday behaviors in relationships, groups, organizations and across generations, cultures and genders.

COM 400 Intercultural Communication (3.00)

Using readings, film, field experience and/or dialogue, the course investigates cultural identity, meaning, patterns, relationships and conflicts that arise as contact increases between people of different cultures in our global society.

Cross listing(s): PJ 406.

COM 406 Communication in a Technological Env. (3.00)

Explores the impact of the computer culture on human communication. Identifies how the computer culture has changed communication, norms, expectations and language. Practices key competencies associated with communication interaction, including interpersonal, organizational and conflict communication.

Pre-requisite: COM*210

COM 407 Leadership Principles (3.00)

Examines evolution of leadership from a theoretical perspective with a focus on contemporary leadership. Topics include: management versus leadership, gender differences, power and social influence, ethics and values, culture and the key communication competencies of leadership. Requires students to evaluate and enhance personal leadership skills and develop a personal model of leadership.

Cross listing(s): BA 407.

COM 408 Conflict Management (3.00)

Prepares students to identify, avoid, and manage common types of conflict within organizations. Presents communication styles and strategies for working through conflict.

Cross listing(s): BA 411.

COM 410 Strategic Leadership (3.00)

Explores strategic leadership through discussion of vision, mission and values. Examines how a clear, compelling vision can move individuals and organizations toward desired goals. Evaluates strategies that translate vision and mission into action.

Cross listing(s): BA 410.

COM 412 Cultural Intelligence (3.00)

Develops culture competence skills required in today's global economy. Foundation to the theory and practice of cultural intelligence, which predicts adjustment and success in multicultural settings. Examines deep layers of culture, including core worldview assumptions.

Cross listing(s): SO 410.

COM 416 Public Relations (3.00)

Studies the history, purpose and processes of public relations. Examines public relations tools and practices, ranging from preparing and conducting a public relations program, setting up a news conference, establishing and running a speaker bureau, designing and producing a brochure and editing an employee newsletter.

Cross listing(s): BA 416.

COM 418 Organizational Communication (3.00)

Surveys contemporary organizational communication theories and practices. Investigates issues such as diversity, participation, technology, corporate ethics, the environment, and globalization. Focuses on analyzing and critiquing current organizational practices and assumptions, with an aim toward increasing social justice and ethics.

Cross listing(s): PJ 423 BA 418.

COM 420 Mediation (3.00)

Explores the communication process where a third party helps parties negotiate interest-based solutions to problems. Provides theoretical understanding and skill-based practice to develop skills that effective mediators must possess. Includes discussion of factors that contribute to successful mediation, such as the importance of context, overcoming obstacles, motivating parties, mediator roles, mediation processes, drafting agreements, and balancing of power.

COM 427 Communication Ethics (3.00)

Explores theoretical and practical issues in the explanations of ethical options and decisions in relational, organizational, and mass communication contexts. Case studies, practical analysis, and current ethical dilemmas in communication are investigated from multiple theoretical perspectives.

COM 437 Persuasion, Influence and Motivation (3.00)

Examines the general theories that explain persuasion and one's ability to influence others. Discusses communication skills, attitudes and competencies associated with persuasion, influence and motivation. Enables students to learn and practice powerful persuasion communication skills that will enhance both personal and professional success.

Cross listing(s): BA 437.

COM 442 Leading Change & Innovation (3.00)

Explores effective communication strategies used by exemplary leaders to introduce and implement change and create an organizational environment that alleviates resistance to change and energizes and inspires others to innovate rather than react.

COM 450 Service Leadership (3.00)

Examines how leadership emerges through the collaborative efforts of concerned and committed citizens. Provides a look at leadership through community service.

COM 466 Negotiation (3.00)

Focuses on theory and application of distributive and integrative bargaining strategies. Emphasizes skills necessary to negotiate successfully in both private, interpersonal arena, and in organizational settings.

Cross listing(s): BA 466.

COM 467 Communicating Through Social Media (3.00)

Explores different forms of social media and its influence on interpersonal and professional relationships. Examines the impact of social media on personal and group identity as well as relationship formation, maintenance, and intimacy.

COM 470 Decision-Making and Problem Solving (3.00)

Examines involvement of stakeholders in decision processes, models for decision-making, decision trees, risk analysis, and issues associated with implementation of decisions.

Cross listing(s): BA 473.

COM 472 Professional Communication (3.00)

Explores face-to-face and technological methods for successful interpersonal and organizational communication in professional environments. Explores: small group dynamics, professional influence, business presentations, meeting management, interviewing, and virtual teams. Note: Junior standing required.

Cross listing(s): BUS 472.

COM 483 Research Methods (3.00)

Introduces scientific research methodology. Includes qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on interpreting research studies in a critical manner and the skills necessary to begin original research.

Cross listing(s): PY 483 SO 483.

COM 494 Senior Capstone (3.00)

Provides the culminating experience of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory. Must be completed as graded course work at Regis University.

Cross listing(s): SO 494 PY 494 BAS 494.

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis admissions counselor for information and assistance.

Apply Now

Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

Applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university AND
  • Evidence of work experience

Applicants who do not meet each of these requirements may submit a letter of exception to the Assistant Dean of the school in which the applicant seeks to enroll. The letter should describe the applicant's goals and substantiate his/her ability to be successful at Regis University. Download guidelines for work experience admission appeal.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the undergraduate application form online
  2. Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  3. Complete the personal statement essay. A short personal statement is required to be considered for admission. Download a copy of the personal statement guidelines.
  4. Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form.
    • Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university.
    • Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  5. Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.

Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.
Apply a minimum of 14 days before the start of classes to ensure optimal course selection.

Non Degree-Seeking Applicants Submit the Following:

  • Online application form
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess transferable college credit from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Provide evidence of work experience
  • No official transcripts are necessary. The writing skills placement essay is not required.

Class Starts

Term Class Start Date
Spring 5W2 - 2014 February 10, 2014
Spring 8W2 - 2014 March 3, 2014
Spring 5W3 - 2014 March 17, 2014
Summer 8W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W2 - 2014 June 9, 2014
Summer 8W2 - 2014 June 30, 2014
Summer 5W3 - 2014 July 14, 2014

Tuition

Regis University Degree Tuition: B.A. in Communication

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $13,100 - $55,730 30 - 128 $435 $50
Online $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50

Directed study costs $460 per credit hour

Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.