The Biola University School of Fine Arts and Communication will launch a fully-online B.S. in Communication program in Spring 2022 specifically designed to best serve post-traditional undergraduate students. The program will equip students to hone their ability to listen and lead well while expanding their understanding of how to communicate with the world around them.

“The significant value of the online communication studies degree is its wide variety of application to fields of occupation and specific jobs. Employers tell us that they are looking for people who have excellent written and verbal skills as well as problem solving skills. Our focus in this program is learning how to develop these skills and apply them effectively in the workplace and beyond,” said Dr. Joy Qualls, associate dean in the division of communication of Biola’s School of Fine Arts and Communication.

The program mirrors the traditional on-campus B.A. in Communication Studies, featuring the same courses in an online format. The program will offer 42 credits through a total of 16 unique courses that will be completed in two to three years. Biola’s communications department offers a plethora and large breadth of courses in the communication field. The degree will allow students to make the case for the skills and expertise they bring to the table that easily translate to the specific needs of a specific organization or field.

The new online program enhances Biola's on-campus program offerings as it extends the reach of communication studies to a new audience and it complements other programs of study as it draws on two of the concentrations in the traditional program — rhetorical studies and relational communication concentration — and streamlines them into one fluid program.

Biola’s online program aims to provide a flexible environment for post-traditional students to receive their degree. Qualls acknowledged the flexibility of the online program.

“This program is an extension of our traditional undergraduate program. Meaning, we have intentionally crafted it to mirror the traditional program in vital content, but in learning modalities that work for the non-traditional student,” said Qualls. “All of the content is developed and crafted by our full-time faculty. Most of our adjuncts who may facilitate classes alongside full time faculty are graduates of our programs. This extends our reach to new and diverse audiences and creates more opportunities for students at Biola to learn from our program.”

Graduates from the program enter the workforce with professions in communication, writing, communications strategy and many more.

Learn more about Biola’s new online B.S. in Communication.

Written by Sarah Dougher, media relations assistant. For more information, contact Jenna Loumagne, Assistant Director of Media Relations and Strategic Communications, at (562) 777-4061 or jenna.loumagne@biola.edu.