Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 52
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 42
    • Support/Electives: 6
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Rhetorical/Interpersonal
  • The rhetorical/interpersonal communication concentration is the most popular of the three concentration options in the communication studies program. It specifically prepares students for employment in fields where excellent interpersonal and group communication skills are especially important.

  • Dramatic Arts
  • The dramatic arts concentration offers elective coursework in acting, directing, playwriting and other elements of dramatic arts, while also offering a broader foundation in communication studies than found in the theatre major.

  • Interdisciplinary
  • The interdisciplinary concentration provides students maximum latitude in creating a program to suit their particular needs, which may include courses from outside of the communication studies department. To select this concentration, students must consult with the department chair.

Everyone communicates. But not everyone communicates well. As such, people with strong writing and speaking skills often have a strong advantage for career success. In Biola’s communication studies major, you’ll learn both the art and science of communication — growing in your practical skills to create and deliver messages as well as your knowledge of communication theory and research.

Why Choose Communication Studies at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s communication studies program offers several key advantages:

  • The communication studies department is a recognized leader among Christian universities, with an unmatched number and variety of courses.
  • Biola has of the top forensics competition programs in the nation, with a history of more than 5,000 individual and team awards in debate competitions.
  • As a communication studies student, you’ll have an opportunity to join Lambda Pi Eta, a national honor society, and work on service learning projects such as an AIDS hospice program.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities.

What Will I Study?

As a communication studies major, you will have a choice of three concentrations that will prepare you with skills to communicate clearly and creatively in service of Christ. In each area, your focus will be on developing strong interpersonal and group communication skills through drama, speech pathology and mass communication. Course highlights and interesting topics include:

  • Developing public speaking skills
  • Application of supportive conflict management skills
  • Quantitative and qualitative communication research
  • Introduction to argument and debate
  • Application of communication theories
  • Analysis of intercultural communication
  • Drama production
  • Evaluating messages in the media
  • Playwright workshop

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Career Paths

The communications studies degree provides exceptional general preparation for careers in fields such as law, communications, sales, education or ministry. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Managing editor
  • Corporate communications director
  • Lawyer
  • Digital media manager
  • Reporter or newscaster
  • Church drama coordinator
  • Film editor
  • Web content manager
  • Legislative press secretary
  • Bible teacher or pastor

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Biola graduates from the communication studies major have gone on to study at distinguished graduate schools such as: Louisiana State University; California State University Fullerton; Ohio State University; Regent University; College of William and Mary; Purdue University; University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; University of North Carolina; and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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