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With SDSU’s B.A. in Communication Online Degree Completion Microsite Program, you’ll learn how to develop integrated, interactive, international, and intercultural communication strategies designed for the twenty-first century.

This program is designed exclusively for current and former students of participating San Diego community colleges.


About the program

The SDSU Global Campus Bachelor of Arts in Communication Online Degree Completion Microsite Program is a communication program designed for the twenty-first century. You’ll learn how effective communication can promote civic engagement, allow for effective participation in today’s global community, and enhance your individual well-being and the strength of your relationships. The program also focuses on social problems, giving you the tools you need to engage the issues facing our local and global community in a constructive manner.

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Your online courses will focus on organizing the principles and patterns of social life through the careful observation, analysis, and criticism of different types of human interactions, communication behavior, mediated systems, and developments in communication technologies.

You’ll build a foundational knowledge of the theories and concepts of communication, but you’ll also learn how to apply those theories in a practical way to further your career in a variety of career paths, including marketing, social work, politics, business, journalism, research, and academia.

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What Is A Microsite Degree Completion Program?

SDSU’s B.A. in Communication Microsite Degree Completion Program is designed to help current and former students at participating community colleges attain a valuable degree from San Diego State University without ever setting foot on an SDSU Campus.

If you've completed 60 transferable units, satisfied all CSU requirements, and have a 2.75+ GPA, you can earn a valuable degree from San Diego State University that fits your busy schedule.

Earning your degree through a microsite degree completion program means that you’ll have full access to the SDSU academic experience with online courses taught by SDSU’s tenured and tenure-track faculty. You’ll also have access to instructional support, student advising, and other services, provided by SDSU, that are based out of your local community college. These services include academic advising, coursework assistance, and guided group discussions with your classmates and teachers.

Through round-the-clock access to SDSU’s online course offerings, and with student services based out of your home campus ready to help, you’ll have access to a world-class education that will help you take your career to the next level.

Program is Perfect For...

The online Communication degree program is designed to help you learn how to communicate clearly and effectively in a professional setting. Graduates have found rewarding positions in a variety of occupations in the public and private sector, such as sales, human resources, training, education, and consulting. Many graduates have also decided to pursue advanced academic or professional degrees in fields such as law, management, and marketing.

SDSU’s Online Communication Microsite Program is designed to make attaining a high-quality liberal arts education more accessible for San Diego’s local community college students. All coursework is delivered in an online format, which means that you can complete your assignments and study the materials on your schedule. You don’t have to take time out of your professional career to come to campus, and you don’t have to put your other commitments on hold in order to earn your degree. You’ll also have access to SDSU student support services based out of your community college campus.

Best of all, you’ll receive the same highly-valued degree as SDSU’s on-campus students: a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences with a Major in Communication from San Diego State University.

This program is designed for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, we will not be able accept your application for this program.

What You Can Learn

Earning your B.A. in Communication Degree online means that you’ll have gained:

  1. An ability to comprehend, identify, and employ skills in debate, writing, verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, public presentations, teamwork and collaboration, conflict management, and professional interaction.
  2. A thorough comprehension of the nature, function, scope, delineations, and history of the communication discipline.
  3. An ability to identify, differentiate, analyze, and modify major communication theories, as well as formulate original theoretical creations.
  4. An ability to comprehend and differentiate major research paradigms, and the ability to propose and conduct original communication research.
  5. An ability to translate communication knowledge into applied contexts, policies, projects, interventions, or presentations.
  6. An ability to apply multiple perspectives towards self-understanding, in relation to your own and others’ (co)cultures, group affiliations, and identities.
  7. An ability to identify relevant evaluative criteria and apply them competently to self-reflection, ethical progress, and actual or envisioned communication situations and/or scenarios.

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As a student in this online microsite program, you’ll be able to participate in lessons with communication experts with years of teaching experience, who are passionate about creating close-knit academic communities. Your online courses are developed and delivered by the expert faculty and lecturers from SDSU’s School of Communication, many of whom are repeatedly recognized for their quality teaching with institutional, regional, and national teaching awards. Your instructors are also recognized for their cutting-edge research in a variety of communication-related fields, including business organizations, family structures, healthcare, urban development, and social work.


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With so many potential career paths, earning your undergraduate degree in communication is a smart career move. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 200,000 nationwide job postings over the last year seeking individuals with a B.A. in Communication.

Job opportunities are expected to grow by nearly 15% across the country over the next decade, and jobs in California are expected to grow by nearly 20%. The average yearly salary for individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree in Communication is just under $58,000, compared to $40,914 for individuals holding an Associate’s degree or less.

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Why Should You Choose Us?


San Diego State University has cultivated a reputation as one of the nation’s top urban research universities. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks us in California’s top 20 schools for communication programs. We’ve published hundreds of papers and studies. Our faculty are recognized internationally for their research and attract research funding from internal and external agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.


You’ll be joining an academic community that produces leading research in the field of communication As an undergraduate student in the online B.A. in Communication program, you’re able to participate in that research through SONA, an online system where researchers post studies and recruit participants from undergraduate courses in communication. Undergraduate students can be chosen to become research participants in original faculty research. Through SONA, you can become an integral part of our efforts to learn about and produce cutting-edge communication research.


SDSU’s online degree completion microsite program is designed to help San Diego’s local students who attend participating community colleges gain access to SDSU's online programming more easily. By accepting your existing coursework as prerequisites for the program’s upper division courses, you’ll be able to earn a valuable degree in communication in just two years of online coursework. You’ll have access to a full suite of student support services based out of your community college. Through convenient online courses developed by internationally-recognized communication experts, you’re earning a degree that speaks volumes about your academic qualifications.


In order to a B.A. in Communication, in addition to any general education requirements, you must complete the following course requirements:

  • 36 Units of Upper Division Courses
  • 9 General Education Exploration Units
  • 3-6 Writing Proficiency Units (if applicable)
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Gateway Courses (6 units)

COMM 300: Conceptualizing Communication
COMM 350: Investigating Communication

Conceptualizing Communication (9 units)

COMM 371: Intercultural Communication
COMM 450: Rhetorical Theory
COMM 492: Persuasion

Investigating Communication (3 units)

COMM 462: Ethnography

Communication Electives (15 units)

COMM 307: Communication in Professional Settings
COMM 321: Health Communication
COMM 406: Organizational Communication
COMM 482: Communication & Politics
COMM 485: Communicating Leadership

Communication Capstone (3 units required)

COMM 490: Internship

General Education Explorations Courses (9 units)

WMNST 382: Gender, Science, and Technology
PHIL 329: Social Ethics
COMM 371: Intercultural Communication

Writing Proficiency Requirements (3-6 Units)

RWS 305W: Writing in Various Settings
RWS 280: Academic Reading & Writing

Recommended Additional Courses

For entry to major or for students needing additional units to graduate
COMM 160: Argumentation (or equivalent)
COMM 201: Communication and Community
COMM 204: Advanced Public Speaking (or equivalent)
COMM 245: Interpersonal Communication


Admission Requirements

This program is designed for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, we will not be able accept your application for this program.

To be fully qualified for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Online Degree Completion Microsite Program, you must be a current or former student at a participating San Diego community college. You must also:

  • Have a minimum of 60 transferable semester (or 90 quarter) units by the semester prior to transfer. These courses must be complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better and cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC). These courses include:
    • 9 Units Selected from the Following Courses:
      • Communication 160, 201, 204, 245
    • A minimum of 30 Units of General Education Courses
    • The Golden Four Requirement, which includes:
      • Oral Communication — complete a basic public speaking course or other communication course with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Written Communication — complete a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Critical Thinking — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Mathematics — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
  • Complete the American Institutions requirement
    • The American Institutions requirement is designed to demonstrate that students have an understanding of American history, the United States Constitution, and California state and local government.
  • Satisfy the CSU mathematics and writing requirements
  • Complete the Mathematics Competency Requirement
    • Competency in mathematics must be satisfied by three semesters of college mathematics or a statistical sequence
  • Passed the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10, or completed an approved upper division writing course with a grade of C (2.0) or better (to be completed in your first semester once admitted to the program)
  • Have an overall 2.75+ GPA

Application Instructions

Please note that this program is only available to current or former students of participating San Diego community colleges.

If you meet the admissions requirements and wish to apply, please complete an application through Cal State Apply.

A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants at the time of application.

Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided via Cal State Apply. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer.

Please do not send your official transcripts unless you are offered admission.

For more detailed admission requirements and other application information, please consult our Transfer Admissions Information.


Total Units: 44-50
Total Cost to Complete Program: $19,800-$22,500 (Plus Fees)

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