Learn the dynamics of professional communication with the Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational & Strategic Communication. In this online degree program, you will study communication practices within and between businesses and organizations, including topics in conflict management, leadership, negotiation, team problem-solving, persuasion and influence. The program is taught by the same faculty who teach on campus; it will equip you with the confidence and critical-thinking skills you need to communicate appropriately to diverse audiences.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers its students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition that includes fees.
International Student Application: $65
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SOSU's Federal School Code is 003179. If you plan to use federal financial aid, it is recommended that you apply for and have your financial aid awards finalized before enrolling. To expedite this, it is important that you file your FAFSA as soon as possible after applying.
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At SOSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.
|Term||Start Date||Application Deadline||Document Deadline||Registration Deadline||Tuition Deadline||Last Class Day|
|Fall I 2020||8/24/2020||8/10/2020||8/10/2020||8/21/2020||9/1/2020||10/11/2020|
|Fall II 2020||10/19/2020||10/5/2020||10/5/2020||10/16/2020||10/16/2020||12/13/2020|
|Spring I 2021||1/11/2021||12/23/2020||12/23/2020||1/8/2021||2/1/2021||2/28/2021|
|Spring II 2021||3/8/2021||2/22/2021||2/22/2021||3/5/2021||3/5/2021||5/2/2021|
|Summer I 2021||5/10/2021||4/26/2021||4/26/2021||5/7/2021||5/7/2021||6/27/2021|
|Summer II 2021||6/28/2021||6/14/2021||6/14/2021||6/25/2021||6/25/2021||8/15/2021|
|Fall I 2021||8/23/2021||8/9/2021||8/9/2021||8/20/2021||9/1/2021||10/10/2021|
|Fall II 2021||10/18/2021||10/4/2021||10/4/2021||10/15/2021||10/15/2021||12/12/2021|
Let's start boosting your career! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for this online program, along with information on required documentation.
To meet the admission requirements for the B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational & Strategic Communication, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Transfer Students: Students who have attempted seven or more semester hours of college credit. Remedial and activity courses are not counted.
- Students are accepted as long as their cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher. If the student’s cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0 but it does not indicate a suspension, they can enroll at SOSU for the upcoming semester; however, they would be placed on probation until that cumulative GPA reaches at least a 2.0. If their last semester does indicate a suspension, they would be required to sit out a semester before enrolling at SOSU. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SOSU.
- College placement testing: Students will be required to take a test in each of the three areas (English, Math and Reading) unless they have successfully completed a college course in that area or have provided ACT scores of at least a 19. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiencies. If they do not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies should be completed within the first 12 credit hours (typically one semester). Our Learning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.
Adult Freshmen: 21 or older and has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.
- Provide a completed high school transcript or GED
- College placement testing is required if the student does not provide ACT or SAT scores. See testing information above.
New Freshmen: A student who has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.
- Minimum ACT of 20 (or SAT equivalent) or 2.7 overall high school GPA and top 50% of graduating class OR 2.7 GPA in the 15-unit core curriculum (four English, three Math, three History, three Science and two Electives)
- College placement testing: There are three tests (English, Math and Reading) that are given to students who do not score at least a 19 on the ACT or equivalent SAT scores in that area. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiency.
If the student does not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies are required to be completed within the first 24 credit hours (typically two semesters). Our earning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.
Returning Students: Students who have not attended any other school since leaving SOSU are accepted under the following circumstances:
- The student has a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0; or
- If the student’s cumulative GPA is under a 2.0 and their final semester with SOSU was on academic probation, they can return on probation. This status will stay in effect until the student raises their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0.
- For students who have been suspended, university policy states that for the first suspension, a student must sit out at least one semester before returning. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SOSU.
Note: There would not be any placement testing required for these students since they should have already participated in testing; however, they may have some deficiencies that need to be completed.
International Application and Admissions Requirements: Please note, unfortunately, students with an F-1 visa are ineligible for online programs.
- Complete the application. There is a non-refundable $55 application fee.
- Academic Records:
- Original final post-secondary transcript(s) and diploma(s) from each college or university attended. If your transcript is not issued in English, we require the original document as well as an English translation done by your school(s) or a professional translating company. Original = issued by a school or examination board with an official signature and school stamp or seal.
- Post-secondary records from outside the U.S. must be analyzed by a NACES (www.NACES.org) educational credential evaluation service such as IERF or WES or ECE. For IERF, students need to choose the "detailed report" option and select Southeastern Oklahoma State University from the menu. IERF will send the evaluation of your records to our International Student Services office.
- English Proficiency: Internet-based TOEFL score of 61 or an IELTS Academic score of 5.5; taken within 2 years of enrollment.
- For TOEFL, let us know your registration number and have your score report sent to Southeastern (institution code: 6657).
- For IELTS, let us know your TRF number.
- You do not need TOEFL or IELTS scores if you meet one of the following:
- English is your first language
- You graduated from a U.S. high school with 4 years of English
- You have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university
- You have 24 hours of college or university credit in the U.S. with a grade point average of 3.0 or better (including English Composition I and II)
For the B.A. in Communication – Organizational & Strategic Communication online, students must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours. The curriculum is comprised of 9 Core credit hours, 31 Organizational and Strategic Communication credit hours, 44 General Education credit hours, 18-24 credit hours in a minor, and elective hours selected in consultation with an advisor to meet university requirements for graduation.
COMM 1013: Survey of Communication
Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide students with the foundational principles that champion the communication studies discipline. More specifically, this course will survey theory and practice in the following areas: intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, group, media, ethics and public communication.
COMM 2253: Media and Society
Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This course will survey the history, structure, aesthetic qualities and cultural influence of the major forms of mass media. This includes an examination of television, motion pictures, radio, the recording industry, magazines, print journalism, multimedia and social networking. Emphasis will be placed upon the ways in which the media and society influence and change each other.
COMM 3113: Communication Theory & Research
Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to theory and research in the field of communication with an emphasis on interpersonal, public rhetoric and mass media communication.
Students are required to take 6 organizational hours (COMM 1233 & COMM 3883) and 6 strategic communication hours (COMM 2563 & COMM 4443).
COMM 1233: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 3883: Organizational Communication
COMM 2563: Communication and Leadership
COMM 4443: Communication Criticism
Of the remaining 18 hours, students must choose 9 hours from Organizational Communication courses and 9 hours from Strategic Communication courses.
Organizational Communication Courses
COMM 3273 Health Communication
COMM 3323 Group Discussion
COMM 3333 Conflict Management
COMM 4343 Communication Training and Development
COMM 4433 Intercultural Communication
Strategic Communication Courses
COMM 3313 Great Speeches of the 20th Century
COMM 3453 Political Communication
COMM 3463 Theories of Persuasion
COMM 3543 Argument and Advocacy
COMM 4333 Risk and Crisis Communication
COMM 4853 First Amendment Studies
In consultation with an advisor, students must select a minor, which will range between 18-24 credit hours.
Students must complete 44 credit hours of General Education courses from the following categories.
Communications (9 hours)
- English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
- Speech Communications (COMM 2213)
Social Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
- Political Science (POSC 1513)
- American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
- Social Science (ECON 2113, SOC 1113, or GEOG 2723)
- Mental and Physical Health (KIN 1113 or PSY 1113)
Science and Mathematics (14 hours)
- Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114)
- Physical Sciences (PSCI 1114 or 1414)
- Mathematics (MATH 1303 or 1513)
- Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1553 or CIS 1003)
Humanities (9 hours)
- Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113; or PHIL 2113)
- Fine Arts (ART 1103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 3133; or THTR 1183, 3183)
- Foreign Language (SPAN 1113 or NS 1213)