Online Bachelor's Degree in Humanities from an Accredited Leader in Distance Learning


A Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Communication Studies concentration) can help to prepare you for employment in the age of smartphones, digital media, and online social interaction.

You'll develop practical communication skills with a broad theoretical understanding, while sharpening your ability to reason, think critically, and solve problems creatively. The humanities degree provides a well-rounded, adaptable education that can help improve your workplace performance and your competitiveness in the job market.

See the course requirements for the Bachelor's in Humanities degree (Communication Studies concentration).

  • Survey course in Humanities such as:
    • HUM 200 Intro to Humanities
    • Humanities I
    • Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Philosophy such as:
    • PHIX 101 Introduction to Philosophy exam
    • PHIL 200 Introduction to Philosophy (available after May 2013)
  • Ethics such as:
    • COMM 335 Communication Ethics
    • HUM 300 Ethics
    • PHIX 310 Ethics Theory and Practice exam
  • Research and Writing in the Major such as:
    • LA 496 Research and Writing in Liberal Arts
  • Humanities Capstone

    The Humanities major requires the completion of the Excelsior College capstone course (LA 498HU Humanities Capstone), with a grade of C or better.

  • Survey course in communication studies such as
    • COMM 120 Foundations of Communication
  • Additional credits in Communication Studies (minimum 5 courses). Applied professional credit for internships, practicums, independent study, and coursework in the profession may apply to the concentration upon advisor approval. Courses such as:
    • COMM 125 Introduction to Public Speaking
    • COMM 210 Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM 215 Cross-Cultural Communication
    • COMM 320 Communication and Diversity
    • COMM 324 Conflict Management
    • COMM 335 Communication Ethics
    • COMM 346 Media Management
    • COMM 350 Organizational Communication Theory
    • COMX 215 Interpersonal Communications exam

Excelsior offers one of the nation's few all-online humanities degrees, with student-friendly features designed specifically for working adults and nontraditional students. The advantages include:

  • Convenient online courses that give you the flexibility to study where and when it fits into your schedule.
  • Generous transfer policies that maximize the value of your previous college transcripts and leave you with a shorter path to graduation.
  • Academic credit for eligible forms of military and professional education.
  • Budget-friendly tuition and fees that make for an affordable humanities degree. (Visit our tuition page to get more information.)
  • Outstanding one-on-one academic support from a nationally recognized team of advisors.

Build Your Career With an Online Humanities Degree

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation and programs specialized accreditations on our accreditation page.)

Excelsior's online humanities degree program combines on-campus academic quality with the flexibility and convenience of online learning. You'll take courses from standout instructors with years of experience, while working collaboratively with classmates and faculty via Excelsior's advanced interactive portal.

The versatile humanities degree carries value among employers in every sector. It can help you advance your career in a wide range of fields, including business, law, government, journalism, education, and nonprofit work.

Minimum of 120 credits: 60 credits (21 in upper level) in arts and sciences and 60 credits (9 in upper level) in applied professional courses, additional arts and sciences courses or a combination of both. Concentration: minimum of 33 credits, with at least 18 at the upper level including a 3 credit capstone course and a minimum 2.0 GPA required. See the credit requirements in chart form.

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