Dependent upon eligible credit, current and aspiring communications professionals can complete the online BS in Professional Communications Studies part-time in three years, taking two courses per semester. 120 total credits are required to graduate. The curriculum below contains 60 credits. Students transferring in less than 60 credits can work with an advisor to determine additional arts and sciences credits at Pace and eligibility for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits, which can be awarded for life/work experience.


Required Classes (44 credits)

This two-week course is designed to prepare students to effectively participate in an asynchronous learning environment. You will receive an introduction to Blackboard, the software Pace University uses to deliver courses for this online program, and will learn essential Internet concepts. There are usually several sections of this course available prior to the start of each semester, and you must successfully complete one of these sessions before regular classes begin.
This is an introductory course in basic orientation to computer hardware and implementation of software applications in telecommunications. Students will use various software packages to create documents, spreadsheets, graphs, and databases and will use the knowledge gained to solve problems and transfer information via electronic media.
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the internet, Web page design and authoring, Web site management, and multimedia for the Web. Topics include XHTML, CSS, HTML editors, Web graphics, multimedia, basic Web page design concepts, Web 2.0 design, standards-based Web design, and accessibility issues. Students will prepare Web pages incorporating text, digitized images, animations, Java Script, and sound, using a graphics program, and HTML editor, and XHTML.
This course will examine the mass media, e.g., radio, film, television, newspapers and magazines, and the cultural, political, economical and educational effects these media have on society.
This course focuses on basic persuasive techniques, critical thinking tenets and the rudiments of debate in conjunction with serious topics of the day. This is a pragmatic, skills and research-oriented course designed to provide a context for practicing the construction and presentation of well-reasoned writing assignments.
This course examines organizational structures from the point of view of symbolic interaction to illuminate how meanings are created and sustained. Special emphasis is placed on how the communication perspective can help members of organizations solve and avoid problems in both lateral and vertical communication.
This is a communications course that will focus on the impact culture has on our interpersonal relationships. Students learn about interpersonal relationships with people from other cultures and to respect cultural diversity in the professional and personal realms.
This course is an upper-level writing requirement. Its focus will be on writing effective essays and research papers in disciplinary modes and in students’ field of interest. It may include interviews, analysis of journal articles, and appropriate documentation style formats.
An introduction to the world of public relations. Students get an overview of the field, examining the techniques of communication, publicity activities, media contacts and other areas of public relations.
The objective of this course is to improve communications skills in the workplace. The course will focus on theories of communication, the influence of new technologies in the workplace and will incorporate practical exercises to build effective communication.
This course provides an introduction to concepts of public service in different organizations: government, non-profit and private. Through readings and discussions you will gain an overview of the history of public administration in the context of American democracy. Special focus will be placed on an analysis and critique of the rise of out-sourcing in the public sector and the responsibilities of private contractors in carrying out the functions of government agencies.
MCA or COM course to be selected with advisement

Electives (16 credits)*

An analysis of the accumulation and utilization of legendary American fortunes, with emphasis upon post- Civil War industrial fortunes: Gilded Age lifestyles; impact of the World Wars and Great Depression of the twentieth century: dot.com fortunes of the late twentieth century: paths to wealth in the twenty-first century; philanthropy.
This course is for students who have a high interest in the environment, but little background in science. Through readings, online discussions, videos and reading The New York Times, the students will gain an understanding of the science behind environmental topics in the news. Exercises to conduct in their backyard or community will reinforce the relevance of assigned readings. After successfully completing this course, the students will be able to describe and explain the major environmental issues in the public forum. Each student, through examining their own contribution to environmental problems, should be able to map their own path towards creating a sustainable lifestyle.
One important goal of higher education is to develop one’s critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. This course is designed to achieve two major goals, one academic, and the other, practical. The academic goal is to explore the psychology of human thinking and problem solving, whereas the practical goal is to help you understand the processes and styles of your own thinking, enhance your critical thinking abilities, and practice your problem-solving skills needed for career and academic success. To fulfill the academic goal, the course introduces exciting research and theories in cognitive psychology related with critical thinking and problem solving, such as memory, emotion, language, reasoning, decision-making, creativity, thinking styles, as well as individual differences in various kinds of human intelligence. To accomplish the practical goal, this course brings you opportunities to examine your own thinking processes, organize and challenge your own mind, and practice your critiquing and evaluating skills to others.
The psychological principles and techniques involved in the management of personnel in business and industry. The topics included are hiring techniques, job analysis, training performance appraisal, communications, fatigue, safety, morale and industrial leadership.

*Please note that these electives are not proscribed; others can be selected by the student with advisement.


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