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As the U.S. economy continues to transition from goods-producing to service-providing employment, job candidates who have the ability to interact and communicate effectively with others—both interpersonally and through various forms of media—will be at a tremendous advantage. Service-providing industries are expected to account for approximately 18 million new wage and salary jobs generated over the decade ending in 2020.* Study to prepare for your role in this exciting industry by earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication at Kaplan University.
Through a combination of theory and application, this program is designed to help you develop strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills applicable in any career field. The Bachelor of Science in Communication curriculum emphasizes:
In addition, the faculty in our communication courses sometimes provide feedback to students through hotlinks to relevant video clips, web links, and digital resources.
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This program is designed to prepare you to enter the fields of advertising, marketing, organizational communication, public relations, publishing, human resources, law, criminal justice, politics, public administration, ministry, social services, opinion and market research, fundraising, civil service, international business, and management.†
Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Kaplan University master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:
Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.
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Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course introduces students to the
communication field and the Kaplan University Bachelor of Science
in Communication degree program. The field of study, skill sets,
and the process of communication will be discussed. Students
will research the communication degree and class offerings along
with their professional and personal goals in order to map out
their specific degree plan.
Total Program Credits: 180
Being able to communicate effectively in an
information-based and globally connected society is a necessary
and vital part of all professions. This course introduces basic
communication skills, why intended messages often get
misunderstood, how linguistic, cultural, gender, and social
differences impact communication, and how to effectively and
ethically use technology as a communication tool. Students will
be introduced to the knowledge and skills necessary to understand
communication and to effectively communicate in both professional
and personal applications.
This course examines the roles of creators,
consumers, and advertisers in a variety of mass media industries,
including print, radio, film, television, and the World Wide Web.
Discussions focus on the effects of technological advancements,
government and industry regulation, advertiser and consumer
feedback, and economic factors on mass media in the professional
world, as well as legal and ethical issues in mass communication
Any College Composition I
This course introduces students to the
principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to
be a more effective communicator in professional and personal
situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying
contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as
personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the
communication process, the influence of perception on
communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction,
listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management,
and effective communication strategies.
Any College Composition I course
This course introduces students to the
research methods used in the communication field and provides an
overview of both quantitative and qualitative processes and data
analysis. The research process is explored from conception to
completion and reporting the findings. Research challenges are
discussed along with ethical considerations. There is an
emphasis on how research can be applied to a wide variety of
communication questions and problems.
This course provides students with practical
advice and essential skills for public speaking in a variety of
professional settings. Students will learn how to create
presentations that are organized, well researched and persuasive.
In addition to learning how to be effective oral communicators,
students will explore how to address diverse audiences and
analyze the impact of their communication in terms of
persuasiveness, ethical considerations, and intended purpose.
They will create and deliver presentations on diverse topics to
an array of audiences and critique examples from professional
speeches to understand what constitutes effective
This course is an introduction to various
writing formats and styles designed specifically to facilitate
workplace communication. Students will study and practice
audience analysis, and evaluate the components of successful
business correspondence, technical reports, instructions,
proposals, and presentations. Students create a portfolio of
technical documents written for professional audiences, and
demonstrate proficiency in technology and research, document
design, and organization and writing style consistent with
business and technical communication.
Any college composition course | Corequisite: CM 220
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships.
This course provides students with the
knowledge and skills necessary to communicate in a multicultural
society. Students will analyze linguistic, cultural, and social
differences and their impact on communication. The course will
also address barriers to communication as well as the skills and
concepts needed for effective communication outside of one's
This course focuses on the nature of
communication and conflict in interpersonal and organizational
contexts. Students learn to apply theories of conflict and
conflict resolution with an emphasis on ways to manage conflict
in order to create more productive and satisfying interpersonal
and professional relationships.
This course introduces students to the concepts necessary for effectively using new technologies and digital tools. By applying these concepts to the communication context (purpose and audience), students will be able to decide what tools are most appropriate. Students will also practice using a variety of digital tools and new technologies and reflect on how they affect communication.
Group dynamics and team building come into
play whether working together as a team of professional
colleagues or as a family. This course is designed to help
students learn to communicate effectively and ethically in
different group settings. By participating in real-world group
projects, students will critically examine how members of a team
can successfully interact, collaborate, and make decisions.
Students also will reflect on their personal role in the group
CM 220 and a 100/200-level communication
Students will explore the role of persuasion
in various communication contexts. They will analyze the factors
that lead to the adoption of an idea, attitude, or action and the
role of emotional appeal, credibility, and language in this
process. The concepts and theories studied in the course will be
applied to crafting persuasive messages appropriate for different
This course focuses on the foundation, study,
and implementation of effective organizational communication.
Different theories will be identified, discussed, and critiqued.
Students will study the major components of organizational
communication including leadership, conflict and conflict
management, teamwork, and ethics. Additionally, students will
read and critique case studies showing organizational
communication in professional applications.
Rhetoric is the art of composing and analyzing
effective discourse. Students will study rhetorical principles
and apply them to the processes of analyzing and producing
discourse in a variety of contexts. Using rhetorical principles,
students will evaluate the effectiveness of discourse for
particular purposes and audiences. In addition to analyzing
discourse, students will apply the principles they are learning
to their own discourse and to the process of creating meaning in
a variety of contexts.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Communication. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program.
Completion of the final term of the Bachelor of Science in Communication or permission from the Dean
Total Program Credits: 180
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Projections Overview, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2013/article/overview-of-projections-to-2022.htm. (Accessed October, 2013) National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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