Making the decision to go to college can be daunting. Whether you’re starting college right out of high school, transferring schools, or going back to school after some time spent in the working world, an online degree could be perfect for you. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you should consider pursuing your Bachelor’s of Communications through CU Online.
Online classes enable you to fit classes into your already busy life whether you’re working full-time to put yourself through school, spending the days taking care of your children, or already pursuing a career. No matter what you spend your days doing, sometimes an on-campus education just won’t fit into your life. Which is one of the main benefits to an online degree program. You don’t need to feel the pressure to attend on-campus classes if they don’t fit into your life and there’s no reason to take a full course load if it doesn’t make sense for your life. Instead, an online degree program will allow you to customize your schedule to make sure that you can comfortably balance school with your other obligations.
This can even be taken a step further. An online degree program allows you to customize your schedule so that you can study when you want, where you want. No need to worry about getting to campus for that 8:00am course you probably shouldn’t have signed up for! Instead, you can decide what works best for you. Do you do your best work in the early morning before the rest of the world is awake or are you a night owl who could study to the wee hours of the morning? Either way it doesn’t matter, because your online classes can be completed on your time. And whether you do you’re most productive at the coffee shop on the corner or sitting on your couch in your living room, as long as you have a computer, you can study from anywhere.
A common misconception of online learning is that it’s incredibly basic and doesn’t allow for any specialization. However, that is not the case with CU Online’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication. We’ve designed six communication pathways that you can use to customize your degree based on your interests:
- Community Service & Public Affairs
The Community Service & Public Affairs pathway offers a variety of courses meant to build the skills and experiences needed to practice communication for the common good. This pathway offers the opportunity for students to learn about and practice leadership and learn how to handle conflict in real world situations. Whether you’re interested in working in the public sector or for a private sector organization that helps fight for social justice, this pathway can set you up to make a difference in your community.
- Global & Intercultural Communication
Maybe you’re interested in learning about communication from a global level? The Global & Intercultural Communication pathway is perfect for that. Not only will you learn the basics of communication, you’ll delve deep into the importance of communication on a global scale and how it affects international and intercultural relationships. If you’re interested in travel or working for a global organization, this the pathway for you.
- Media & Cultural Studies
The media contributes a lot to both how we communicate and how we perceive communications in the modern world. The Media & Cultural Studies pathway examines how a broad range of communication technologies impact our cultural as well as our personal and professional lives. Whether you’re interested in a career in a media-related field or just learning more about media so that you can be a more critical media consumer, this pathway will help you get there. We’ll examine media from contexts including public relations, advertising, politics, and public advocacy, among others.
- Strategic Communication
The Strategic Communication pathway examines, in depth, communication struggles in organizations and how to overcome those issues. We believe that creating mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and stakeholders. In this pathway, you will explore organizational communication, public relations, identity, culture, power, diversity, media, and technology in local, national, and international organizations.
- Inquiry and Analysis
Not only is communication about providing information to others, it’s also about understanding what information you need to gather and how to obtain that information. That’s what the Inquiry and Analysis pathway focuses on. This pathway will help you learn how to think, analyze, assess, construct, deconstruct, and write. Upon completion of this pathway, you will know how to communicate with sensitivity, gather and analyze data to generate new knowledge, produce effective arguments, and communicate effectively in writing, to name a few.
- Health Communication
Communication is of the utmost importance in the healthcare field. This pathway helps students understand how health communications are cultivated, negotiated, and understood across a wide range of communication contexts. This is a great pathway for students who are interested in a career in health and medicine.
It’s no secret that college is expensive. The good news? Online learning is almost always less expensive than on-campus tuition and CU Online is no different. The cost-savings you are likely to see by pursuing an exclusively online degree can ease your financial burden and release some of the stress that comes with racking up college bills.
One of the questions we are always hearing from prospective students is whether the faculty of our online courses is as good as an on-campus professor. At CU Online, we ensure that you are taught by the same knowledgeable professors who teach the on-campus courses at University of Colorado Denver. We believe that online students should be taught by the same great professors as on-campus students.
So while online learning definitely isn’t for everyone, there are some key benefits that are appealing to many students. When deciding whether to pursue an online degree program, you should definitely consider your life outside of school, your goals, your means to pursue an education, and your needs and desires in terms of a degree program. Although there are so many benefits to an online program, the fact of the matter is that it isn’t right for everyone. So, before you make a decision, it’s important to consider what would work best in your life and whether it makes sense to pursue an online degree.