Why ODU for Communication?

Employers in every field say strong verbal and writing skills are a top priority in hiring. We're here to help you develop those abilities further with a bachelor's program in communication.

Our online communications program teaches a broad range of skills to help your career thrive. We feature small online class sizes and award-winning faculty with a wide range of experience.

Choose from majors in:

  • Communication Studies: Relating Across the Lifespan
  • Media Studies
  • Strategic Communication
  • Professional Communication (available in Bachelor of Science only)

When you graduate, you will earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in communication. Note: Only the Bachelor of Science is available as a full program online. If you have prior credits, you can apply them toward either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree-completion programs.

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We've partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. The Guaranteed Admission Agreement is intended to ease the transfer process between the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Old Dominion University (ODU).

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Required Communications Courses

To earn a bachelor's degree from ODU, you must complete at least 30 credit hours with us. This bachelor's program (BS or BA) requires 120 total credit hours.

You will complete a set of core communication courses and courses an area of concentration. Your choice of the BS or BA degree will also determine some of your course selections.

Talk with our enrollment team to determine how your credits will transfer. The sample curriculum can serve as a guide for planning your course of study.

Interested in earning a master's in communication? You may be able to accelerate your path to a master's degree with ODU by taking courses that count towards both degrees.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Communication

Great communication skills are essential for any modern career. Our graduates may find careers in virtually every field, including:

  • Public Relations and Corporate Communication
  • Training and Development
  • Media Production and Publishing
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Human Relations/Resources
  • Sales, Advertising and Marketing

Bright Outlook

Employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, March 2023

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$374 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$407 per credit hour

Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

These tuition rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication is available entirely online. If you’ve never taken college classes before, you'll apply to ODU as a freshman. 

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science also are available as degree-completion programs, which assume you have prior college credits for lower-division courses that can transfer to ODU. 

Talk to our enrollment coordinators to see if you have credits that will transfer and to start the admissions process.

Get Guaranteed Admission to ODU

ODU has partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. 

Learn more about Guaranteed Admission to ODU.

Meet Your Team

Our dedicated enrollment team will guide your transition to ODUGlobal.

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