B.A. in Communication
- Communication Studies
Be empowered to communicate, problem-solve and lead others ethically and with humility. Effective communication is a vital asset in today's professional landscape. By equipping yourself with strong skills in writing, speaking and storytelling, you'll gain a significant advantage in almost any career.
The communication studies concentration delves into the rich history of rhetoric to comprehend contemporary communication strategies. Through hands-on learning, you'll develop practical skills to create and deliver impactful messages, while also acquiring a profound understanding of communication theory and research that underpins effective communication practices.
- Digital Journalism and Media
Gain access to a state-of-the-art media production center and receive a comprehensive learning experience, where you will be guided by experienced faculty and media professionals to master the art of reporting and storytelling. Immerse yourself in a cross-cultural environment while gaining real-world journalism experience in Los Angeles, one of the world’s largest and most influential media centers.
The digital journalism and media concentration unveils the profound impact of media on national and international politics, business, entertainment, sports and various ministries. Discover the importance of seeking truth, exposing injustice and crafting compelling stories while upholding the highest ethical standards, all of which are fundamental for a successful career in journalism.
- Public RelationsDevelop the essential skills needed to shape and manage an organization’s public image. Through immersive courses, you will explore the art of creative communication strategies, crafting compelling multi-platform content, and providing ethical counsel that influences public perception. Delve into theories of crisis communication and reputation management, equipping yourself to navigate challenging situations with confidence. Refine your writing abilities for media relations and corporate communication practices while gaining hands-on experience in one of the most rapidly growing fields for college graduates.
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What will I study as a Communication major?
Communication students work at the intersection of many disciplines and crafts — art, film, media, rhetoric, writing, public relations, business, journalism, philosophy, law, marketing and more — forging connections, building bridges and crafting stories. Communication classes offer students the best of all worlds: specialized, career-ready training with broad application. As a communication major, you’ll take courses focused on:
- Interpersonal and organizational communication
- Writing for the media
- Research and reporting
- Communication and diversity
- Campaigns and cases
As you progress in your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize in one of three concentrations and take courses in:
- Persuasive communication
- Organizational rhetoric
- Public and workplace communication
- Intercultural communication
Digital Journalism and Media
- Philosophy and ethics of media
- Multimedia reporting
- Studio production
- PR ethics
- Media relations
- Reputation management
- Digital strategy
All communication students complete two field internships as a part of their program, giving them real-world experience and valuable industry connections. Biola communication students have have interned with organizations such as Saddleback Church, Ford Motor Co., Facebook and Disney, and for federal and state government offices including Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.
At Biola University, we understand the importance of a well-rounded education. As a communication student, you have the unique opportunity to enhance your studies and broaden your understanding by exploring interdisciplinary electives in related fields. From psychology and sociology to business and health sciences, these courses will enrich your knowledge and shed light on the profound impact of communication across various industries.
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication?
Throughout your communication degree, you’ll master the skills employers want: critical thinking, leadership, research, excellence in speaking and writing, and the ability to build connections with customers and coworkers. Communication graduates leave Biola well-prepared for competitive graduate programs and career pathways such as:
- Managing editor
- Corporate communications director
- Reporter or newscaster
- Web content manager
- Bible teacher or pastor
- Broadcast anchor or script writer
- Magazine editor or publisher
- Newspaper or magazine photographer
- Prosecutor, trial attorney or judge
- Political campaign manager
- Director of marketing
- Public relations director
- Human resource director
- Corporate event planner
8% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for Public Relations and Fundraising Managers is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
In the journalism major at Biola University I am developing into an expert storyteller through a state-of-the-art education in writing, photo, video and online content. It is through this program that I have learned how to be a journalist who pairs curiosity with integrity, using media not to obscure, but to reveal the Gospel.
Learning from passionate professors who have remained relevant in the rapidly growing industry, the public relations program teaches students fundamental knowledge and equips us professionally and spiritually to impact the world for Christ.
... My eyes were opened to the power of Christ — I learned so much.
Communication Studies, B.A. '14
Biola was the perfect environment for what a person should do during their college years: discover and choose who they are.
Journalism and Integrated Media, B.A. '10
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Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Professor of Communication
- Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- B.A., Eastern Michigan University
Associate Professor of Journalism
- Ph.D., Biola University
- M.A., Regent University
- B.A., Evangel College
Assistant Professor of Public Relations
- Ph.D., Indiana Wesleyan University
- M.O.L., Biola University
- B.S., Northern Arizona University
As a student in Biola’s communication major, you’ll have ample opportunities to put your education to practice. From our award-winning campus newspaper, The Chimes, to the Biola chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), there are many different ways to get involved.