Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Downtown LA

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Being an effective communicator, in a diverse marketplace to a variety of audiences, is essential now more than ever. Cal State LA Downtown's Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree completion program, with an option in Organizational Communication, is designed for individuals with an interest in obtaining a degree in a broad but growing field.  The courses in this option emphasize how the forces of globalization, changes in technology, and innovations in the way organizations are structured all contribute to a dynamic and changing environment within which human communication is a primary and fundamental process. The curriculum also makes it applicable to students seeking advancement in any career. Students will be prepared for fast-paced careers including:

  • social and digital media
  • public relations
  • media
  • journalism
  • marketing and advertising
  • fundraising
  • human resources
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

In this two-year hybrid program, classes meet online and face-to-face on select Saturdays.


The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Program is designed for:

  • Individuals and working professionals interested in completing their bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year university.
  • Individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in diverse fields such as marketing, sales, consulting, public relations, business, management, human resources, public affairs, fundraising, development, and civil service, among others.
  • Working professionals seeking career advancement.

Register for a live information session or access the prerecorded Bachelor of Arts in Communication Program information session.

The per unit cost for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Program is $425.

The total program cost is $25,500.

Read more about Financial Assistance opportunities for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Program.

COMM 1200-Argumentation (or its equivalent) is not required for admissions although is a degree requirement. The course will not be offered at Cal State LA Downtown and is strongly recommended to be taken at your local community college. The course must be completed before your Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree is awarded.

Over the span of two years, student cohorts in the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Program will complete 20 courses for a total of 60-semester units. Spring and fall semesters are separated into two 8-week sessions with students taking two courses per session. Summer Session consists of one 8-week session in which students will take two courses. Click here to view the Course Roadmap.

To be considered for admission into Cal State LA Downtown's Bachelor of Arts in Communication Program, all prospective applicants must have the following:

  • Be considered an "upper-division" transfer student, as this is a degree completion program.
  • Completed at least 60 transferable semester units/90 transferable quarter units.
  • Have a GPA of 2.00 or above.
  • Be in good standing and eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university attended
  • Earn grades of "C" or better in the Cal State LA Golden Four Courses.

Review Cal State LA's Transfer Admissions Requirements. (Major-specific requirements may be applicable and are TBA.)

Note: Due to special requirements, College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) and second baccalaureate students, are not allowed to change their degree objective nor are they eligible to declare additional bachelor-level majors or minors.

The application date for Fall 2024 admission has been extended to April 15.

Apply through CSU Apply.*

The transcript deadline is May 3, 2024.

Mail transcripts to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
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Learn more about the transcript submission process.

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For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Program, please contact the Cal State LA Downtown Outreach and Recruitment Department: [email protected].