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Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Entrepreneurial Leadership (BA-COMEL) degree focuses on project management, team building, and ethics to prepare our students for entry-level jobs in fields such as civic organizing, media production, public relations, management, and other positions that require organizational leadership and business development. The degree is intentionally designed to draw from communication and business to capitalize on the dynamic intersection and contemporary relevance of those disciplines. What distinguishes this degree from more traditional degrees is the interdisciplinary approach, the integration of practical experience, and the emphasis upon collaboration and innovation. The purpose of this degree is for students to engage in professional teamwork, group problem solving, and sustained communication practices to address multi-step production goals.

The BA-COMEL provides progressive and relevant preparation to address today’s increasingly complex professional work environment of global expansiveness, cultural collisions, media ubiquity, and accelerating pace of technology. Over the course of this degree, students will endeavor to strengthen qualities of creative and resilient leadership and increase the knowledge required to effect collaborative, transformative change in an ethical and culturally sensitive manner. In addition, the BA-COMEL promotes exploration of the nature of human communication, the symbol system by which it occurs, and utilizes creative and appropriate modalities and technologies to accomplish communicative goals.


To earn the BA-COMEL students must complete 121 credits that includes general education core (43 credits), major requirements (48 credits), and open electives (30 credits). Students must complete at least 33 credits at the 3000/4000 level.

General Education Core Requirements (43 credits total):

31 credits at the 1000 – 2000 level:

  • WRT1011 Composition and Rhetoric: 3 credits
  • WRT1012 Research and Analysis: 3 credits
  • EDU1011 Perspectives in Learning: 3 credits
  • COM1011 Introduction to Communication: 3 credits
  • Humanities Distribution: 3 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution with lab: 4 credits
  • Social Science Distribution: 3 credits
  • Mathematics: 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
  • Interpersonal Communications: 3 credits

12 credits at the 3000 – 4000 level:

  • Advanced Writing in the Discipline: 3 credits
  • Alternative Study: COM3### Guided Leadership Practicum: 3 credits
  • COM4000 Capstone Pitch Preparation: 3 credits
  • COM4001 Senior Capstone: 3 credits

B.A. COMEL Major Requirements (48 credits total):

18 credits in Organizational Communication:

  • BUS2021 Entrepreneurship and Innovation: 3 credits
  • EDU2061 Education & Identity: 3 credits
  • MGT2021 Principles of Management: 3 credits

Select three of the following:

  • BUS2011 Effective Business Communication: 3 credits
  • COM2041 Team-Based Communication: 3 credits
  • COM2051 Intercultural Communication: 3 credits
  • COM2071 Public Speaking: 3 credits
  • COM2082 Collaborative Negotiations: 3 credits
  • COM2064 Dialogue & Debate: 3 credits
  • MKT2011 Introduction to Marketing: 3 credits

15 credits in Organizational Culture:

  • COM3041 Leadership and Facilitation: 3 credits
  • MGT3### Organizational Behavior: 3 credits

Select three of the following:

  • COM3021 Relationships and Relational Communication: 3 credits
  • COM3051 Intercultural Competence: 3 credits
  • COM3064 Communication Ethics in a New Media World: 3 credits
  • COM3071 Professional Presentations: 3 credits
  • COM4### Internet, Culture and Communication: 3 credits
  • MGT3021 Global Marketing: 3 credits
  • ECN3011 Analysis of 21st Century Issues & Trends: 3 credits
  • EDU4011 Seminar in Learning Diff, Politics & Culture: 3 credits
  • PSY4011 Social Identity in a Diverse World: 3 credits

15 credits in one of two focus areas:

  • Leadership for Organizational and Social Change
    BUS3031 Opportunity Management: 3 credits

    Select four approved courses from the following disciplines (two must be 3000/4000 level): Accounting, Anthropology, Communication, Education, Environmental Science, Interdisciplinary Topics, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
  • Multimodal Communication and Storytelling
    COM3084 Persuasion: The Art and Logic of Argument: 3 credits

    Select four approved courses from the following disciplines (two must be 3000/4000 level): Art, Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Interdisciplinary Topics, Journalism, Literature, Marketing, Music, Photography, Theater, or Video.

30 credits in Open Electives

121 total credits


Dean of Professional Studies and Science Geoff Burgess

Geoff Burgess
Dean of Professional Studies and Sciences
(802) 387-6768

Interested in applying?

Whether you are new to Landmark College or are a former student interested in returning for a baccalaureate degree, you can apply here. (The re-enrollment process for Landmark College alumni can be found under the Returning tab.)

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