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Across industries, employers constantly rank written and verbal communication as the most desired skill for employees. As a Communication Studies major, you will acquire oral, written, visual, and mediated communication expertise. You will develop persuasive messages and campaigns for organizations, engage in case studies, or consult with organizations related to internal and external communication and team effectiveness.

A degree in Communication Studies engages the mind and body in understanding that humans are communicative beings who interact by creating and translating symbols, language, and messages integral to human interaction. Communication is key!

Explore the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program

The Communication Studies undergraduate major equips students with a diverse skillset by investigating communication in various cultural contexts, including relational, organizational, intercultural, political, and more. In today's increasingly globalized world, competent communication is crucial for career advancement and interpersonal relationship success.

Whether you are interested in starting a business, leading a community movement, striving to strengthen relationships, or working with other cultures, the study of human communication will be central to your success.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Communication Studies bachelor’s degree.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

College: Arts and Sciences

Department: Communication Studies 

Delivery format: 100% online

Program Road Map: Review Course Offerings

Cost per credit hour:  

  • Undergraduate online: $395.40*† 
  • Active Military online: $250*† 

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Program Highlights

Communication Studies students at NMSU Online are offered many advantages:

  • Degree granted from New Mexico State University
  • Asynchronous courses delivery to accommodate student schedules and needs
  • 36 credits [4 semesters with 9 credits per semester; students may also enroll part time]
  • In-person courses are permissible

Quick Fact

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median salary of $60,000 for Communication fields.  

What can you do with a Communication Studies degree from NMSU?

Our graduates are employed in public relations, marketing, advertising, event planning, government, non-profit organizations, social media, sales, human resources, research, law, and education.

Program Curriculum

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Students must complete all university degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, viewing A Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. The General Education requirements may be completed with transfer credits from any previous institutions.


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