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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 (ECN2021 Microeconomics, ECN2031 Macroeconomics, or ACC2011 Principles of Accounting II): 3 credits
  • Interpersonal Communications (COM2021 Interpersonal Communication or BUS2011 Effective Business Communication): 3 credits

12 credits at the 3000/4000 level:

  • Advanced Writing in the Discipline (WRT3011 Advanced Writing or COM3041 Leadership and Facilitation): 3 credits
  • Capstone Preparation: COM3061 Guided Leadership Practicum or COM4000 Capstone Prep: 3 credits
  • COM4001 Senior Capstone: 3 credits

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

15 credits in Major Requirements including focuses on Media Production, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Organization, and Messaging:

  • EDU2061 Education and Identity: 3 credits
  • Media Production:
    JRN2011 Journalism or COM2065 Radio Production: 3 credits
    OR completion of three 1-credit courses:
    • COM1101 Intro to Publications
    • COM1160 Radio Training
    • COM2066 Digital Storytelling
    • COM2102 Publication Staff
    • COM2073 Editorial Staff
    • COM3072 Editorial Leadership
    • COM3101 Publication Management
    • COM4101 Publication Leadership
    • COM4102 Radio Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership:
    BUS2021 Entrepreneurship and Innovation or COM2041 Team-Based Communication: 3 credits
  • Organization:
    MGT2011 Principles of Managements or MGT2021 Human Resource Management: 3 credits
    OR completion of three 1-credit courses:
    • BUS1100 Employment Readiness Experience
    • BUS2012 Launch a Business
    • COM1130 The Practice of Leadership
    • COM1180 Mediation Skills
  • Messaging:
    MKT2011 Intro to Marketing or COM2071 Public Speaking: 3 credits

24 credits in one of two focus areas:

  • Leadership for Organizational and Social Change
    Choose four:
    • ACC3031 Forensic Accounting
    • BUS3031 Opportunity Management
    • COM3021 Relationships & Relational Communication
    • COM3071 Professional Presentations
    • COM3075 Internatural Communication
    • COM3084 SpTp Persuasion: The Art and Logic of Argument
    • ECN3011 Analysis of 21st Cent Issues & Trends
    • MGT3031 Organizational Behavior
    Relevant Internships in ACC, COM, ECN, MKT, MGT

Select four approved courses from the following disciplines (two must be 3000/4000 level): Accounting, Anthropology, Business, Communication, Education, Environmental Science, Interdisciplinary Topics, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

  • Multimodal Communication and Storytelling
    Choose four:
    • COM3063 SpTp Narrative Non-Fiction
    • COM3077 SpTp Crisis Communication
    • COM3075 Radio Programming
    • COM3051 SpTp Intercultural Competence
    • COM3062 TV & Video Production
    • COM3064 Communication Ethics in a New Media World
    • JRN3011 SpTp Advanced News Reporting
    • MKT3011 Global Marketing
    Relevant Internships in COM, JRN, MKT

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

42 credits in Open Electives, 21 at any level and 21 at the 3000/4000 level

121 total credits


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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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