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Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational & Strategic Communication Online

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About the Program


Completion time varies
124 (minimum) credit hours
$285 per credit hour

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. This program is taught by the same faculty who teach on campus and will equip you with the confidence and critical-thinking skills you need to communicate appropriately to diverse audiences.

Online Courses


For the Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational & Strategic Communication, 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.

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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.

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.

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). Of the remaining courses shown, students must choose a total of 18 hours to complete the 31 hours needed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course gives a thorough introduction to the field of interpersonal communication. It will show the student how to apply these principles to everyday interactions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the communication concepts that are central to effective leadership. Additionally, this course examines competing perspectives concerning how leadership should be enacted in various communication environments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the role of communication in shaping professional healthcare messages and public acceptance of these messages. The course provides instruction on the development and use of health-related and care-related messages and media; the goals and strategies of healthcare promotion; relationships, roles, situations and social structures within the context of health maintenance and promotion; and applications to disease prevention, health advocacy and communications concerning treatments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of 20th century public discourse on the ideas and issues of politics, gender, culture and history in the United States. This study includes presidential, civil rights and women's movement rhetoric. This course emphasizes the rhetoric of liberalism and conservatism and includes a comprehensive study of great American speeches.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes focus on how groups are formed, why they are formed, how leadership develops and what leads to the dissolution of groups.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Conflict management is an examination of conflict as a communication phenomenon. Conflict is something that people create and shape as they interact with each other. Thus, this course focuses on the communication dynamics involved in understanding and managing conflict, no matter what form it takes. Completing this course will give you an understanding of how theory and research can be used to understand and influence conflict dynamics in everyday life.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An investigation of the processes political candidates and mass media employ to generate and disseminate political narratives. This course considers the impact of mass media, especially television, on political power and consciousness in the United States. Particular emphasis is placed on political campaigning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the theory and practice of persuasive communication. Students will enhance message-construction skills as well as critical-thinking skills. This study emphasizes interpersonal influence, group leadership and power, negotiation strategies, political communication, and propaganda.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a study of theory, research and practice in developing and presenting arguments on public policy and legal issues. This course emphasizes reasoning skills and sound communicative strategies. (Prerequisite: COMM 2213 or permission of instructor)

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, the role of the person in the organization will be emphasized. Understanding the role of communication in the world of work is a high priority in industry today.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Through a message-centered approach, this course introduces students to the planning, creation, deployment and critique of risk and crisis communication. Students will explore competing theoretical perspectives and rhetorical strategies used when conveying risk and crisis communication to the public.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the theoretical and practical issues involved in developing and implementing communication training and development programs. Emphasis is given to identifying, assessing and improving communication competencies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the key concepts of communication and culture covering such topics as barriers in intercultural communication; dimensions of culture; multiculturalism, women, family and children; and culture's influence on perception. It will help students build communication skills with particular emphasis on crossing cultural barriers through student activities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the methodologies available to examine communication artifacts. This study emphasizes the critical abilities necessary to describe, explain, analyze and evaluate speeches, advertising, songs, art, film and television.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the contemporary debate concerning the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the proper limits to expression. Major topics include subversive speech, nonverbal expression and artistic expression as well as libel, slander, obscenity, copyright and cyberspace.

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)

  1. English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
  2. Speech Communications (COMM 2213)

Social Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)

  1. Political Science (POSC 1513)
  2. American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
  3. Social Science (ECON 2113, SOC 1113, or GEOG 2723)
  4. Mental and Physical Health (KIN 1113 or PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 hours)

  1. Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114)
  2. Physical Sciences (PSCI 1114 or 1414)
  3. Mathematics (MATH 1303 or 1513)
  4. Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1513 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 hours)

  1. Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113; or PHIL 2113)
  2. Fine Arts (ART 1103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 3133; or THTR 1183, 3183)
  3. Foreign Language (SPAN 1113 or NS 1213)

Electives selected with an advisor as needed to meet university graduation requirements.

Calendar


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
Summer I 2018 5/14/2018 4/30/2018 4/30/2018 5/11/2018 5/11/2018 7/1/2018
Summer II 2018 7/2/2018 6/18/2018 6/18/2018 6/28/2018 6/28/2018 8/19/2018
Fall I 2018 8/27/2018 8/13/2018 8/13/2018 8/24/2018 8/24/2018 10/14/2018
Fall II 2018 10/22/2018 10/8/2018 10/8/2018 10/17/2018 10/17/2018 12/9/2018

Tuition & Financial Aid


Tuition

Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers its students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition and the convenience of tuition that includes fees.

Per Credit Hour Per Three Credit Hour Course
$285 $855

Additional Fees

Application: $20
International Student Application: $55

Financial Aid

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.

Contact Us

Student Financial Aid Office
425 W. University Blvd.
Durant, OK 74701-3347

Phone: (580) 745-2186

Fax: (580) 745-7469

Email: financialaid@SE.edu

Admissions


To meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts 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 Learning 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.