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Learning Opportunities

Your degree in communication studies goes beyond classroom work. During your time at Biola, you’ll be encouraged to apply your education by engaging in outside research, participating in campus projects, and even joining in service opportunities off campus. Learn more about the different learning opportunities available for communication studies students.

Focus on Diversity

We want to make sure you’re prepared to go into the world ready to have hard conversations and to approach communities with empathy and perspective. Diversity and inclusion in thought and practice is highly valued in our department, which will help form you into a well-rounded and compassionate communicator.

Faculty Collaboration and Research

You’ll be encouraged to pursue your own research, and will have the ability to collaborate with our distinguished faculty. They have strong connections to the National Communication Association (NCA) and other professional societies. Some students have had the opportunity to present their work during annual conventions, including past studies and topics ranging from food as communication, forgiveness, family dynamics and workplace communication.

Service Learning Mentality

As a student in the Department of Communication Studies, you’ll be given the opportunity to go out into the community and make a direct impact. Our students have participated in service projects with the Los Angeles Mission, Orange County Rescue Mission, Fred Jordan Missions and other organizations. We’ve also raised campuswide awareness and engagement during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Academic Application

You can explore a wide array of topics as you pursue your communication studies degree at Biola, including food as communication, gender studies, rhetorical criticism, family communication, religious and political communication, and organizational communication. Students have visited food trucks and restaurants around Los Angeles and have done field research at Disneyland.

Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta is the national honor society for the study of communication. Members of Lambda Pi Eta plan events including seminars, off-campus visitations and public awareness demonstrations.

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Winsome Conviction Project

Our society today is more divided than ever, and diverging opinions can lead to the dissolution of relationships. That’s where the Winsome Conviction Project (WCP) comes in. Co-led by one of our own faculty members, Tim Muehlhoff, the WCP offers resources designed to help us understand how to deepen our convictions without dividing our communities.