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  • BS in Communication


    All organizations - both profit and non-profit - need communicators. Successful men and women in this field rise to senior level management, participate in major decisions, and are an integral part of the strategic planning process. A communication specialist might be called on to announce a new product, plan a national or international conference, appear on television as the spokesperson for the corporation, or become involved with special events, press conferences, media plans, video production, or writing and editing newsletters. Many communication graduates also go on to graduate study in such areas as law, business, or communication.

    The accredited online Bachelor of Science in Communication degree prepares you for senior level positions in any corporation or organization. The program is delivered fully online and begins with a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods, followed by a concentration in Public Relations.  

    Concentration in Public Relations

    This concentration covers a broad range of activities that help organizations address the communication and relationship challenges that arise when dealing with their various publics.

    Topics include:

    • Journalism
    • Mass Media and Society
    • New Technologies in Communication
    • Public Relations
    • Publication Design

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes. You must complete fifty percent of the Communication Core, Additional Core, and Concentration requirements at Drexel. 

    General Requirements 
    CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
    ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
    ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
    ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
    PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
    UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
    UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
    Humanities and fine arts12.0
    Social science 9.0
    International studies 6.0
    Studies in diversity6.0
    Select one of the following Science Sequences:8.0
    Biology Sequence
    BIO 107
    Cells, Genetics & Physiology 
    BIO 108
    Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory 
    BIO 109
    Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution 
    BIO 110
    Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory 
    Chemistry Sequence
    CHEM 111
    General Chemistry I 
    CHEM 112
    General Chemistry II 
    Physics Sequence
    PHYS 103
    General Physics I 
    PHYS 104
    General Physics II 
    Select one of the following Mathematics Sequences8.0
    Analysis Sequence
    MATH 101
    Introduction to Analysis I 
    MATH 102
    Introduction to Analysis II 
    Calculus Sequence
    MATH 121
    Calculus I 
    MATH 122
    Calculus II 
    Communication Core Requirements 
    Theory Sequence 
    COM 101Human Communication3.0
    COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
    COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
    COM 400Seminar in Communication3.0
    LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.0
    or LING 102 Language and Society
    Methods Sequence 
    COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
    COM 221Quantitative Research Methods in Communication3.0
    Additional Core Requirements 
    COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
    COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
    COM 491Senior Project in Communication I3.0
    COM 492Senior Project in Communication II3.0
    PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
    Public Relations Concentration Requirements 
    COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
    COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
    COM 282 Public Relations Writing3.0
    COM 284Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
    COM 286Public Relations Strategies and Tactics3.0
    COM 386Public Relations Campaign Planning3.0
    MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
    Visual Communication Courses* 
    Select one of the following:3.0
    COM 335
    Electronic Publishing 
    COM 340
    Desktop Publishing 
    Additional Electives 
    COM electives15.0
    Free electives40.0
    Total Credits180.0

    Or other courses as appropriate in COM or the College of Media Arts and Design.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college credits with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
      • First-Year Students
        • Between 0 – 23 previous college credits from a regionally accredited institution
        • Must have been out of high school for a minimum of 2 years

      Required Documents

      With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

      • A completed application
        • Transfer Students
          • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
        • First-Year Students
          • Official high school transcripts
          • Official ACT/SAT scores
          • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • Additional requirements for International Students


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $489 per credit. (A 40% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $814 per credit)

      • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
      • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
        • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
        • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
        • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
        • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


      Academic Calendar

      2017-2018 Academic Year


      Classes Begin

      Classes End

      Exams Begin

      Exams End

      Fall 2017

      September 25, 2017

      December 9, 2017

      December 11, 2017

      December 16, 2017

      Winter 2018

      January 8, 2018

      March 17, 2018

      March 19, 2018

      March 24, 2018

      Spring 2018

      April 2, 2018

      June 9, 2018

      June 11, 2018

      June 15, 2018

      Summer 2018

      June 25, 2018

      September 1, 2018

      September 4, 2018

      September 8, 2018

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