of Professional Arts Communication Studies major is offered by Athabasca
for State and Legal Studies. The program encourages students to apply their professional knowledge within a
national and international context of mass media and communication.
The BPA Communication Studies major is available to:
- graduates of an approved two- or three-year communications-related
diploma (e.g., public relations, advertising, journalism, multi-media,
broadcasting, library and information studies, legal assistant,
- graduates of a previous undergraduate university degree in an unrelated discipline (with at least one year of professional practice relevant to the Communications Studies major); or,
- students with a minimum of two years of university-level coursework (with at least one year of professional practice relevant to the Communications Studies major).
Coursework and credentials must have been obtained from a college, university, or institute of technology approved by Athabasca University. Individuals who have questions about the eligibility of their previous education for admission are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator.
Some students may qualify for
a) a maximum of 60 credits of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) towards entry to this program, or,
b) a maximum of 30 credits towards senior credit once they are accepted into the program.
To learn more about PLAR opportunities within the Communication Studies program, please contact your program coordinator or the Centre for Learning Accreditation.
In addition to completing BPA Communication Studies major through online and distance learning, students may have the option to take courses in a classroom setting. Contact your program coordinator for a listing of grouped study courses.
The common core courses may be taken at any time; however, students are encouraged to complete the common core courses early in their program. The common core addresses skills and knowledge that will help students succeed with the remaining degree requirements. Program Learning Outcomes
Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. For more information regarding this major, contact the program coordinator.
Bachelor of Professional Arts program