UC Blue Ash College

Communication

Associate of Arts

Why study Communication?

Communication focuses on discourse among people and within organizations and social institutions. Communication faculty members share a distinctive focus on contemporary social problems.  The communication program at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (UCBA) covers issues of voice, identity, public participation and advocacy/leadership across communication domains including interpersonal, organizational, political, rhetorical, environmental, health, and mediated communication.

Admission Requirements

Open Admissions: The program is open to all students with a high school diploma from an accredited high school or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to graduate and to advance to upper levels of study. High school students who are considering UC Blue Ash College should take either the SAT or ACT test for guidance and counseling.

Communication majors have strong critical-thinking and writing abilities, and they are concerned with understanding society and improving social institutions and the well-being of individuals.  Communication is a good major for students who are interested in working with people and groups in a variety of fields, e.g., business, social work and law.

This program is designed for students who plan to transition to a bachelor's degree in communication. Graduates with a BA in communication are prepared for many different career options. In our modern world, success in business and industry requires a sophisticated understanding of communication processes. Positions in human resource management, as well as in marketing and public relations, require strong communication skills. Communication students are well prepared for advanced study in such areas as law and business. Graduates find jobs as admissions counselors, communication educators, sales representatives, journalists, marketing managers, human resource specialists, event planners, advertising executives, and electronic media on-air talent.

For advising contact information, please visit the college's advising web page.

Obtaining the associate degree in communication from UC Blue Ash College allows a student to meet the general education requirements and some of the communication requirements for the bachelor's degree offered by UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences in a friendly, teaching-oriented atmosphere with small class sizes and individual attention.

In addition to fulfilling program course requirements, including general education, students must have at least an overall 2.0 cumulative grade point average and meet the residency requirement of 20 semester hours completed at UC.

Students must complete an application for degree, usually the term before they expect to graduate. Students should see their advisor for specific information well in advance of their final term.

UC Blue Ash College has an open admission policy (although some programs within the college are selective admissions.) Students admitted to the college must show proof of high school graduation or successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) exam. Submission of standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) is recommended but not required. Transfer students must also supply official transcripts from each previously attended institution. Credits are accepted from any institution currently accredited by any of the six regional accrediting agencies.

Credits transferred from another institution may not fulfill specific requirements for the degree.  An official evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges will be processed after the student’s file is complete.

For current UC students who wish to transfer from one UC program to another:   

  • Fill out an Application for Change in College and Program
  • Submit the completed form to the college which offers the program into which you want to transition.

To transition to the bachelors degree in communication through the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), students must meet the guidelines established by A&S. Students can find this information online or by contacting the A&S Department of Communication.

Application Deadlines

UC Blue Ash College admits students each term, so students can begin fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please consult the UC Blue Ash Admissions page for specific application deadlines for each term.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Dr. Amber Peplow
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 936-1749
Amber.Peplow@uc.edu