Online Bachelor of Arts

Organizational and Strategic Communication

Program Details

Next Start Date
August 28
Est. Program Length
15 months*
Major Credit Hours
Course Length
8 weeks
Cost per Credit
Credits Accepted

*Major coursework can be completed in 15 months.

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Become a Leader in Your Communication Career

Pursue leadership and management positions in your communication career with an online BA in Organizational and Strategic Communication from Illinois College. Whether you’re striving for advancement within your organization or launching a new career in an in-demand field, our online strategic communication degree will give you the knowledge and skills you need to reach your goals.

Coursework in the online strategic communication major is designed to give you an interdisciplinary perspective. First, you will gain a foundation of communication theory and practices that will help you interact with, lead and manage individuals in the organizational process. Then, complete your online degree with courses from the following topics:

  • Content marketing
  • Digital art (including digital technology and new media)
  • Graphic design
  • Professional writing
  • Social media

IC’s online bachelor’s degree in strategic communication is taught by an outstanding group of tenured or tenure-track faculty with teaching and research backgrounds in areas related to organizational and strategic communication.

After Graduation

When you complete your organizational and strategic communication degree, you’ll Graduate READY for in-demand careers in several fields, such as:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Digital and social media
  • Higher education
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political communication
  • Public relations
  • Sales
  • Training and development
  • Writing

The online BA in Organizational and Strategic Communication is conveniently offered through our interactive online classroom, allowing you to study full or part-time when and where it’s convenient for your schedule. Learn at your own pace and complete the accelerated curriculum in 15 months.

The Online Strategic Communication Bachelor’s Degree Is Designed for:

  • Students seeking an online degree program that allows them to learn on their schedule
  • Working professionals striving to move into a leadership role
  • Individuals who want a rewarding career in an in-demand field


Anna Wright | Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies


Education Background

  • EdD Teaching and Learning, Communication | Illinois State University
  • MS Communication Studies | Illinois State University
  • BS Communication Education | Illinois State University


Anna M. Wright is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Illinois College. She teaches courses in Business Communication, Organizational Communication, Training and Development, Communication Theory and Communication Research & Methods.

Her pedagogical research focuses on a variety of instructional communication topics including clarity and ambiguity in classroom assessments and teacher training. She has done consulting and training for multiple nonprofit organizations in Illinois. Her background in secondary education, teacher preparation and training and development combines with her research to produce theoretically grounded teaching and scholarship.

Wright is the co-author of Communication for Teachers and Trainers (Fountainhead, 2019). She has publications in multiple communication journals including Communication Education, Communication Pedagogy and the Basic Communication Course Annual. She has held leadership roles at the National Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association. She is also a member of the Association of Women in Communication.

Favorite Class to Teach

  • Organizational Communication
  • Business Communication
  • Developing Talent and Intercultural Competence

What Else?

  • I am a licensed high school English Language Arts Teacher.
  • I have experience in both qualitative and quantitative research.
  • I enjoy researching with students and have facilitated multiple research projects with students who were able to present their research at regional conferences.

Courses and Admissions

11 Total core courses in program

Illinois College’s online strategic communication bachelor’s degree provides the academic foundation and professional skills necessary for various careers in the field. The program requires 120 credit hours – 76 hours in general education courses and 44 hours in organizational and strategic communication courses.


Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the online BA in Organizational and Strategic Communication, applicants must:

  • Be a high school graduate (or equivalent)
  • Have a 2.5 GPA

How to Apply

Candidates must submit:

  • An online application
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  • Official transcripts of all high school and/or college work completed


At Illinois College, we feature a high-quality education at a price you can afford. See how your past academic credentials can help you make the most of your college education.

Curriculum ComponentCostTotal*
Tuition (44 credit hours)$375 per credit hour$16,500
Fees (4 terms)$25 per term$100
Total with Transfer Credits$16,600

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Career Outcomes

When you earn your strategic communication degree online, you’ll Graduate READY for career advancement. The degree can prepare you for several jobs, such as the ones listed below:

All employment information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Marketing Manager

    Marketing managers are responsible for overseeing merchandising and sales campaigns for products or brands. They may be responsible for organizing efforts, collaborating with product managers and other team members, developing and analyzing market research studies, analyzing campaign performance and other related tasks.

    $63,504 Median Annual Salary
  • Public Relations Manager

    Public relations managers plan and direct the creation of material that will enhance the public image of their employer or client.

    $125,780 Median Annual Salary
  • Training and Development Manager

    Training and development managers plan, coordinate and direct skills- and knowledge-enhancement programs for an organization's staff.

    $120,130 Median Annual Salary

Why Illinois College?

  • Take the fast track.

    You can earn an online BA in Organizational and Strategic Communication in 15 months.

  • Career readiness.

    Prepare for real-world success through online classes taught by experienced faculty.

  • A comprehensive curriculum.

    Our online strategic communication program is rooted in interdisciplinary study, something that increases your marketability in the workforce.

Benefits of
Learning Online

Whether it’s increasing your paycheck or advancing your career, an online degree can help you go further.

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