Program Overview

The University of New Mexico offers an online Bachelor’s Degree completion program in Communication with a concentration in Intercultural Communication. The study of Intercultural Communication will help prepare students to enter more specialized academic pathways or careers, including multinational business, international relations, diplomacy, multicultural conflict management, personnel training, and bilingual education.

  • Possible Careers
    • Education, politics, law, government
    • Human resources, labor relations
    • Sales management, consulting
    • Mediation, conflict management
    • Publishing, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, business (general)

Learning Goals

In your online coursework, we will examine cultural influences in communication across ethnic and national boundaries, as well as how gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and other social positions affect media coverage, portrayals, production and reception. As you progress in the program, you will gain the skills and knowledge to work in and communicate with layered and changing populations locally, nationally, and globally.

Program Details

The Intercultural Communication Bachelor’s Degree offers all of the courses associated with the major requirements needed to complete the BA in an online format. To qualify for admission to the program, students must have already completed a majority of the UNM General Education requirements as well as college and minor requirements.

The major requirements for completing the program total 18 credit hours. Below is a listing of all of the required courses and the planned offerings.

  • CJ 314 Intercultural Communication
  • CJ 318 Language, Thought, and Behavior
  • CJ 323 Nonverbal Communication

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a BA degree in Intercultural Communications, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. UNM requires 31 hours distributed between seven areas to complete the UNM General Education requirements.  The university also requires completion of a 3 credit hour U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion requirement. Students may transfer course work from other accredited institutions to fulfill these requirements.   

The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of 90 credit hours taught within its departments. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences must declare a major and a minor, or two majors, or a special curriculum approved by the College. Half of the major must be completed at the University of New Mexico. A quarter of the minor must be completed at the University of New Mexico.

Once admitted all students seeking to declare a major within the College of Arts and Sciences will first be admitted as a Pre-major.  Pre-major status applies to students who must satisfy prerequisites or meet department conditions before transitioning to Major status. The following are the general requirements to transition:

  • A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation
  • A UNM GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following University General Education areas:
    • Completion of Writing and Speaking
    • Completion of Mathematics
    • Completion of Foreign Language
  • Completion of introductory coursework specified by each department. See department section of the catalog for details.

For additional degree and program requirements for the BA in Intercultural Communication, please refer to the UNM Catalog.

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 36 Credit Hours*

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Tuition: Special tuition rates and college/school differential tuition rates apply to this program. Additional fees may apply.

*To complete degree requirements for the major, students must complete additional general education and college requirements (see Degree Requirements tab for more information)


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