Applied Communications, B.A.

NLU’s Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications degree is designed to prepare graduates to work in the field of communications or to communicate better in any professional field. Offered in a convenient online format, enriched with a series of face-to-face workshops, the program is appropriate for traditional-aged learners and working-adults alike.

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 60 QH of General Education, for completion 
  • Requires a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses
  • Credit by examination, portfolio and proficiency are accepted for general education and elective credit 
  • Requires ECT – English Competency Test OR completing LAE 101 and LAE 102 at NLU with a grade of “C” or better
  • Students may complete a minor, listed below


Required Courses


LAE101English Composition I

LAE102English Composition II

LAT210Effective Speaking


LAT302Business Ethics in Popular Film

Note: Other Humanities courses may be accepted.

Fine Arts

One Fine Arts course

Quantitative Reasoning

LAM106Basic Statistics

Note: Other college-level mathematics courses may be accepted.

Physical and Life Sciences

One Physical or Life Sciences course

Social Sciences

LAS105Introduction to Sociology

LAS120Introduction to American Politics

One additional Social Science course

Behavioral Science

LAP100General Psychology

LAP315Lifespan Development

Note: Other Behavioral Science courses may be accepted in lieu of LAP 315.

Core Courses

COM104Connected World

COM105Writing in a Digital Age

COM106The Influence of Culture on Communication

COM204Multigenerational Workforce Communication

COM205Social Media Networking

COM206Professional Communication: Writing, Speaking and Creating for Success

COM207Contemporary Media Communications

COM304The Art of Persuasion

COM305Speak Up

COM306Organizational Communication and Conflict Management

COM404Legal and Ethical Communications

COM405Innovation from the Inside

COM406Public Relations for the 21st Century

COM407Modern Advertising

COM485AWS/Sell Me

COM485BWS/You Want it When

COM485CWS/Go Beyond

COM485DWS/Effective Delivery

COM496Senior Portfolio Capstone