Bachelor of Professional Arts: Communication Studies Major
Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 30 credits.
Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 30 credits.
For more information about this degree-completion program, please visit the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Criminal Justice page.
Program Learning Outcomes
As a result of completing this program, students should be able to
- use principles of rhetoric to assess and respond to persuasive texts in a competent and professional manner.
- demonstrate a high level of ethical, professional conduct and attitudes.
- display polished, persuasive, well-organized and clear writing and presentation skills.
- apply critical analysis to a wide range of problems and suggest a variety of solutions. use advanced capacity to make sense of complex information and to make that information accessible to a general audience.
- possess strong independent research, analytical and evaluative skills.
- demonstrate a clear ability to research, plan, secure resources for, initiate, complete and evaluate projects and events.
- employ disciplinary theoretical concepts to a wide range of professional contexts.
- be critically aware and assess implications of current affairs for professional practice.
- negotiate, and demonstrate an understanding of the history of, issues concerning the effects of popular media and their technologies on individuals and society.
- assess and demonstrate an understanding of political, economic and legal contexts of communication for the purposes of professional practice.
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between popular media systems and society in national and international contexts.
- demonstrate an understanding of and act in the mediating role of the professional communicator within organizations, between organizations, and between the organization and the general public.
- demonstrate an understanding of and ameliorate issues of media relations between public and private bodies.
- demonstrate creativity, good judgment and a broad knowledge of the field in devising solutions to communications issues and problems.
- demonstrate a strong grasp of social and organizational values, attitudes and beliefs in decision-making and problem-solving.
- take on a leadership role in policy- and decision-making. take responsibility for establishing collaborative and collegial work settings. conceptualize, organize and actualize teams in a creative, flexible manner.
- serve as a model in delivering or teaching professional development activities.
- develop a clear sense of personal, professional goals and ways of achieving them.
- discern emerging trends and articulate future directions of communications field.
Possible Career Options
- Public Relations Co-ordinator
- Legislative Press Secretary
- Community Affairs Director
- Special Events Promoter
- Public Affairs Analyst
- Media Consultant
- Corporate Communications Manager
- Advertising Co-ordinator
- Customer Representative
- Communication Trainer
- Human Resources Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Marketing Researcher
- Media Planner
- News Director
- Writer (e.g., news, film, documentary)
- Telecommunications Manager
- Editorial Project Manager
- Managing Editor
- Copy Editor
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
Possible Further Education Options
At Athabasca University
- Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MAIS)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd)
- Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Distance Education Technology
- Master of Counselling (MC)
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling
At Other Educational Institutions*
- graduate studies in communication studies, public relations, journalism or other related/unrelated disciplines
- education: bachelor/master
- social work
- teaching English as a second language (TESL)
* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.
Updated August 22 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations
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