The online Communication Studies undergraduate degree at Appalachian

Communication is an essential skill, and in today’s ever-changing world, effective communication will significantly impact your career. The Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies program at Appalachian State University provides you with a solid foundation in core principles and practices to help you build the requisite knowledge and skills to plan, deliver and evaluate persuasive communication.

As a graduate of this online Distance Education program, you will be prepared for careers in a variety of contexts that require strategic communication, including political, military, nonprofit, legal, ministerial and consulting work.  

This program is open to all members of the military (and qualified dependents) who wish to earn a four-year degree from a highly recognized national institution. Evaluation of prior military credit will be provided for all applicants prior to the admissions decision and a process for completion of any missing requirements will be outlined. Non-military applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.

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Department of Communication

Degree details


Graduates are poised for positions as:

  • Development director
  • Communications specialist
  • Communication consultant
  • Corporate sales representative
  • Alumni relations staff or associate director of admissions.

Program Options

  • Courses offered in eight-week sessions
  • 12 hours per semester
  • Completion time: Five semesters

Admission Requirements

The following are criteria required for entry. After admission, you may need additional transfer hours. The hours delivered by Appalachian and your transfer hours must equal 122 hours by the end of the program.

To determine how your coursework transfers to Appalachian, please visit the Transfer Equivalency Search.

Program Requirements

The following courses must be completed either before entry or while in the program. North Carolina Community College course numbers are listed on the right:

Appalachian State University Course NC Community College Equivalent Course
COM 2101: Public Speaking COM 231
COM 2121:  Interpersonal Communication or
COM 3110:  Small Group Communication
COM 120 or
COM 160

A minor is required:

Minor Option Requirements completed through transfer credit (NC Community College course numbers listed in parenthesis) Courses delivered by Appalachian State University
Business (online) ACC 2100, Principles of Accounting I
(ACC 120)
ECO 2030, Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 251)
CIS 2050
MGT 3630
MKT 3050 (prereq: ECO 2030)
FIN 3010
Sociology (online) SOC 1000, The Sociological Perspective (SOC 210)
6 additional semester hours transferable Sociology courses
SOC 3550

Before finishing this program, you must also have met Appalachian’s General Education requirements.


Semester Start Application Deadline
Fall July 1