A minimum of five (5) years of relevant full-time work experience is required for admission to the adult degree completion program.

Bachelor of Arts

The Adult Degree Completion Program in Communication is designed for working adults who wish to develop and expand their communication skills through courses on the most fundamental and pervasive of human activities. One of the attractions of the Communication major is its versatility with regard to career opportunities. In addition to public relations, journalism, and media, just about every field requires effective communication and writing skills.

Studying human communication ranges from interpersonal processes such as persuasion and relationship formation to organizational processes such as group leadership and dispute resolution, as well as the strategies and styles of public deliberation and debate and the political and cultural processes involving mass media, the Internet, and telecommunications systems.

The goals of the Adult Degree Completion Communication major are:

  • to advance the understanding of communication concepts
  • to build skills to analyze and critique texts
  • to improve academic and professional writing skills
  • to master oral presentation skills
  • to develop professional facilities with media technologies

Students can complete the major requirements of 37 semester hours (10 courses plus practicum) in two years. Classes meet one night per week or on Saturday mornings to accommodate students’ work schedules. This program is offered on the Aurora University campus and at Aurora University Woodstock Center, located in the Challenger Center for Science and Technology, just one block off the Woodstock Square in McHenry Country. The program is also offered online.

Communication Major Requirements
— 37 semester hours
Students are required to complete the following sequence of courses to graduate with a major in Communication:

Foundational Communication Courses — 12 semester hours
All communication majors are required to complete each of the following courses in the foundational principles and practices of communication:

  • COM1500 Introduction to Human Communication (4)
  • COM2100 Media and Society (4)
  • COM2200 Writing for Communication (4)

Intermediate-level Communication Courses — 19 semester hours
As students make the transition from foundational to intermediate-level courses, all Communication majors must complete Communication Research Methods (COM 3100WI, 4 semester hours) to fulfill their 3000-level writing intensive requirement. In addition, all communication majors are required to complete an additional 15 semester hours from any of the following intermediate-level courses in the principles and practices of communication:

  • COM2300 Introduction to Film (3)
  • COM2670 Introduction to Photography (3)
  • COM3000 Organizational Communication (3)
  • COM3140 Journalism: News Reporting and Writing (3)
  • COM3200 Persuasion (3)
  • COM3240 Public Relations (3)
  • COM3250 Digital Design for Print and Web (3)
  • COM3300 Relational Communication (3)
  • COM3310 Media Criticism (3)
  • COM3500 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COM3510 Corporate and Professional Communication (3)
  • COM3520 Global Communication (3)
  • COM3700 Media Production I (3)
  • COM3710 Media Production II (3)
  • COM3810 Special Topics in Communication (up to 6)

All intermediate-level courses are not guaranteed to be offered during a two-year cycle, but sufficient courses will be offered to complete the degree in two years.

Advanced-level Communication Courses — 3 semester hours

All communication majors are required to complete the following senior-level communication course:
  • COM4990 Senior Seminar in Communication (3)
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