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B.S. in Communication Studies

School of Fine Arts and Communication


Skillful communication is applicable to every aspect of life. The B.S. in Communication Studies program — offered in a fully online format — will help you hone your ability to listen and lead well, expanding your understanding of how to communicate with the world around you. Our curriculum will equip you with refined writing skills, speaking abilities, problem solving skills and more — all qualities that employers greatly value.

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Why Choose Communication Studies at Biola?

  • Build Important Skills for Your Professional Development
    A degree in communication studies will train you in skills that organizations find invaluable in their employees. Our program will teach you to solve problems deftly, execute presentations and pitches flawlessly, and engage with your colleagues in an insightful and winsome manner.

  • Learn From a Biblically Integrated Communication Curriculum
    Your communication studies education will examine topics like rhetorical theories and organizational communication, but will also explore how Jesus is actively engaged in all areas of communication. You’ll receive a biblically integrated education that will prepare you to impact the world for Christ in any industry.

  • Earn Your Degree at a Affordable Price
    This communication studies degree boasts a condensed but robust curriculum. It’s specially designed to integrate the content of our B.A. in Communication Studies program (our on-campus bachelor’s degree) into a structured B.S. in Communication Studies — all with tuition priced roughly one-third of the cost of Biola’s traditional undergraduate programs.

  • Study At Your Own Pace
    You can complete our flexible, convenient online program in as little as 24 months (depending on your existing credits and chosen course schedule). Our courses are asynchronous, which means you can learn at your own pace, according to your busy schedule.

What Will I Study?

The B.S. in Communication Studies offers robust, biblically integrated courses that can be applied to your current work and beyond. Some courses include:

  • Introduction to Public Communication
  • Communication Theories
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • History of Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Rhetorical Theories
  • Communication and Diversity

Biblical Studies Minor

One of Biola’s academic distinctives is the minor in biblical and theological studies, which sets a foundation for every student’s understanding of Scripture and theology. You will take 30 credits of Bible courses as part of your degree to qualify for a minor in biblical studies.

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2-3 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Pending WSCUC Approval
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

A degree in communication studies can be a great way to advance in your current profession, but it may also present new opportunities to expand your career choices. The education you’ll receive at Biola will equip you with the tools you need to enter any workplace as a confident, competent and effective communicator. Some possible paths include:

  • Communications manager
  • Corporate communications director
  • Lawyer
  • Bible teacher or pastor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Church communications director
  • Graduate study (law school, doctoral studies and more)

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