Applied Communications Bachelor's Degree

B.A. in Applied Communications

National Louis University’s Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications prepares students for the dynamic and competitive field of communication. This degree takes an integrative approach to personal, professional and academic success by combining hands-on experience, connections to current professionals in the field, and modern academics that address past, present and future trends.


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Consider getting your Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Communications at NLU if you:

  • Want to develop negotiation, persuasion, critical-thinking and decision-making skills
  • Want a program that connects you to industry professionals through a revolutionary mentorship program
  • Value the mastery of oral, written and visual presentation skills
  • Seek a curriculum developed and approved by some of the industry’s top professionals from Fortune 500 corporations and leading advertising and communications agency leaders
  • Need the flexibility of completing your degree online and in a blended format

Why NLU for a Bachelor's in Applied Communications

NLU’s Applied Communications bachelor's degree was designed with expertise from professionals in the fields of public relations, journalism, business, politics, government, human resources, social sciences, marketing and advertising. Our courses are taught by practicing communications professionals, giving you the relevant learning experience that will globally, culturally and strategically position you in the job market. The program addresses current needs in our digital society, and you will graduate ready to enhance your career and become a leader in your field.

The Applied Communications bachelor's degree is distinguished by its flexibility. Courses are taught in a blended format with both the convenience of online learning and the personalization of working with your peers. The 15 core courses are taught completely online, and faculty will gather with their students in classroom settings once each term for a few hours of essential collaboration and hands-on workshops.

What You Will Learn

  • Communications “savvy”, effective oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Techniques for success in a global environment characterized by intercultural, multigenerational understanding and diversity
  • Strategies and skills for constructing, thinking critically and delivering effective messages across multiple forms of media and communications channels
  • The ability to adapt quickly in a constantly changing social, political, economic and technological society
  • Practices to identify and execute legal, ethical and professional communications

Unique Built-in Mentorship Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications at NLU also includes a unique mentorship program, where each student is paired with an established industry professional. You will gain first-hand exposure on how your communication skills can be leveraged for success.

Career Outlook

Job prospects are strong for Applied Communications majors. It is estimated that 75% of a person’s day is spent communicating in some way. In our competitive economy, interpersonal, presentation and organizational skills are necessary to find career success. Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications are prepared for various positions in the professional world, including:

• Communications Coordinator
• Social Media Manager
• Media Associate
• Brand Assistant
• Marketing Coordinator
    • Public Relations Manager
• Producer
• Account Coordinator
• Production Assistant
• Broadcast Correspondent


The job market is competitive and employers are looking for candidates who possess a combination of skills, education and experience. A communications degree is the right step to launch your career.

Bachelor's in Applied Communications Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications program is a solid 180 quarter hours in length. Depending upon your prior college work and experience, the program may include general education coursework, elective coursework and coursework in the major. The curriculum is designed to meet you where you are in your college journey. In addition to college courses, students may complete credit requirements through credit by portfolio, credit by examination and credit by proficiency. Working with an academic advisor, students engage the curriculum at a point that reflects their preparation and readiness.

Bachelor's in Applied Communications Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).


Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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