Business Communication

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type



Adult Degree Completion

It’s time to move ahead. Effective communication is key for establishing and maintaining a successful organization. Western’s Business Communication Adult Degree Completion program combines the logistics of business with the finesse of communication to create a versatile degree, setting you on the path to success in a fulfilling career.

Program Overview

Become fluent in the language of business

Learn how to craft and share engaging messages for the audiences you want. Business Communication is about day-to-day business operations, as well as improving relationships, through the use of effective communication. After graduation, use your skillset to pursue career opportunities in public relations, organizational communication, marketing, strategic management, content creation and more.

Capture your audiences.

The Business Communication program teaches you how to craft messages that engage with internal and external audiences in a meaningful and impactful way.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

A 48-credit comprehensive business emphasis with attention to communication and messaging strategies for improving workplace outcomes.

ACC 201Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ADC 300Degree to Career Success1
ADC 490Capstone3
BUAD 185Business Communication3
BUAD 270Principles of Marketing3
BUAD 300Business Ethics3
BUAD 333Organizational Behavior3
BUAD 335Marketing Communications3
BUAD 350Human Resource Management3
BUAD 355Finance for the Non-Financial Manager3
BUAD 397Special Topics (Introduction to Sales)2
COM 274Public Relations Communication3
COM 346Multimedia Communication3
COM 371Small Group and Conflict Management3
COM 375Social Media Skills3
COM 377Intercultural Communication in the Digital Age3
ENG 302Technical Writing3
Total Credits48

Digital Marketing Specialization (optional with Business Communication major):  

ART 173Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design3
BUAD 327Social Media Marketing3
BUAD 345Consumer Behavior3
COM 474Campaign Planning in Advertising and Public Information3
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
ADC 300 Degree to Career Success 1
BUAD 185 Business Communication 3
COM 274 Public Relations Communication 3
BUAD 270 Principles of Marketing 3
COM 375 Social Media Skills 3
COM 377 Intercultural Communication in the Digital Age 3
ENG 302 Technical Writing 3
Year Two
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
BUAD 333 Organizational Behavior 3
BUAD 335 Marketing Communications 3
COM 346 Multimedia Communication 3
BUAD 300 Business Ethics 3
Year Three
BUAD 355 Finance for the Non-Financial Manager 3
COM 371 Small Group and Conflict Management 3
BUAD 350 Human Resource Management 3
ADC 490 Capstone 3
 Total Credits46

Optional Digital Marketing Specialization

Plan of Study Grid
Year Four
ART 173 Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design 3
BUAD 327 Social Media Marketing 3
BUAD 345 Consumer Behavior 3
COM 474 Campaign Planning in Advertising and Public Information 3
 Total Credits12


Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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  • ADC students enrolled in 15 credits or more per school year in ADC program
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or greater


This is a $1500 per student scholarship awarded annually for two years, to be applied to tuition and fees.

Selected by: The ADC Program


No scholarship application is needed but students must be admitted into ADC and apply for financial aid to receive award. Contact ADC for scholarship deadline and information. 970-943-3885,


Beyond The Classroom

Take your education to the workplace.

Our dedicated faculty and support teams are experts in online education, giving you personalized assistance for planning, coursework and more. Online learning resources are also available 24 hours a day.

Understanding the world of business

A strong awareness of standard business operations helps you view communication through a business-oriented lens and allow you to write messages that promote the success of any organization.

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Additional Resources

Financial Aid

Western is committed to low tuition costs, and we are ready to help you find the most efficient path to your degree.

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How it Works

Adult Degree Completion helps adults with some college education complete their bachelor’s degree in an affordable and accessible setting.

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Department Information

Adult Degree Completion

Department Chairperson

Terry Schliesman, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Adult Degree Completion

Director of Extended Studies

Kirky Swift

Director of Extended Studies

Contact Information

970.943. 2885

Campus Location

Western Colorado University

Taylor Hall 303
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231