Communication Studies, B.A.

Mission

The Department of Communication Studies provides a rigorous integration of academically strong and biblically-based study of communication. We engage with historical and cultural implications, develop identities, and analyze messages informed by foundational theories, contemporary research, and investigative methodologies. Our graduates are empowered to speak, write and problem solve ethically and with humility to impact local and global communities.

Degree Program

Upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements, the Communication Studies Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Obtaining a degree with one of the four concentrations offered requires 45-48 credits, depending on the concentration chosen.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the communication discipline and its central questions (ULO 1).
  2. Engage in communication inquiry, employ theories, and critically analyze messages (ULO 1, 3).
  3. Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context, and demonstrate self-efficacy (ULO 1, 2, 3).
  4. Apply ethical communication principles and practices (ULO 1, 3).
  5. Utilize communication to demonstrate cultural competency (ULO 2, 3).
  6. Influence public discourse through framing, evaluating, and advocating for local, national, and global issues from a distinctly biblical perspective (ULO 1, 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Writing Competency Requirement

Every Biola student must fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement (WCR). Students fulfill the WCR by passing ENGL 313 with a C+ or better. If they fail to meet this requirement, they must consult with their major advisor for an alternative WCR pathway. For more information, see the section titled "Writing Competency Requirement" under the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section.

GPA Requirements

Communication Studies and Theatre majors must achieve a minimum grade of a "C" in all major courses taken at Biola. Anyone receiving a lower grade must repeat the course with a higher grade to receive credit for the course.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
The required Communication Core Curriculum course for the Communication Studies Department is:
The Rhetorical Act 1
Program Courses
The following program courses are requirements for all concentrations.
COMM 235Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 254Communication Theories3
COMM 272History of Communication3
COMM 368Methods of Communication Research3
COMM 387Organizational Communication3
COMM 432Rhetorical Theories3
COMM 473Communication and Diversity3
COMM 495Advanced Methods of Research 23
Concentration Courses
Select a Concentration detailed below.21-24
Total Credits45-48

Concentrations

Students must choose one of four concentrations under this major:

  • Dramatic Arts
  • Relational Communication
  • Rhetorical Studies
  • Organizational Communication

When students have completed any of these concentrations they should be prepared for employment in fields where excellent interpersonal and group communication skills are especially important. These concentrations are also excellent preparation for advanced graduate work in the discipline of communication studies. Many Communication Studies graduates have gone on to earn their M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the field at other institutions. In addition, the Communication Studies degree provides excellent general preparation for careers in fields such as the ministry, human resources, sales, education or law.

Dramatic Arts

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Introduction to Philosophy and Aesthetics (Recommended)
Theatre Appreciation (Recommended)
Concentration Courses
Dramatic Arts students must take the following courses once:
THTR 109Production Practicum1
THTR 209Production Practicum II1
THTR 309Production Practicum III1
THTR 409Production Practicum IV1
Select 17 credits from the following: 1, 517
Introduction to Public Communication 2
The Rhetorical Act 3
Small Group Communication
Oral Interpretation
Intercollegiate Forensics
Intercollegiate Forensics
Advanced Public Communication
Forms of Public Communication
Communication Internship (by arrangement) 4
Teaching Assistant (by arrangement) 1
Communication Practicum (by arrangement) 1
Intercultural Communication
Communication and Diversity
Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior
Directed Research (by arrangement)
History of Cinema
Cinema and Media Arts Practicum
Cinema and Media Arts Seminar
Broadcast Anchoring and Announcing
Soc Media, SEO, and Digital Strategy
Voice and Speech for the Actor
Introduction to Acting
Makeup for Stage and Screen
Costume Study and Construction
Intro to Technical Theatre
Lighting and Sound for Theatre
Stage Managing and Directing Theatre
Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Dramatic Design
Playwriting for Performance
Advanced Acting Workshop
Drama for Christian Ministry
London Theatre Study Tour
Total Credits21

Relational Communication

Concentration Courses12
Select 12 credits from the following:
Small Group Communication
Forms of Public Communication
Communication Seminar
Intercultural Communication
Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior
Select one of the following courses: 11-3
Communication Internship (by arrangement)
Teaching Assistant (by arrangement)
Communication Practicum (by arrangement)
Elective Courses9
Select 9 credits from the following:
History of Cinema
Cinema and Media Arts Practicum
Cinema and Media Arts Seminar
Introduction to Public Communication 2
The Rhetorical Act 3
Communication in the Workplace
Oral Interpretation
Argumentation and Debate
Intercollegiate Forensics 4
Intercollegiate Forensics
Advanced Public Communication
Rhetoric of Media Studies
Intercollegiate Forensics
Forms of Public Communication 4
Organizational Rhetoric
Rhetorical Criticism
Communication Seminar 4
Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior 4
Directed Research (by arrangement)
Practicum
Broadcast Anchoring and Announcing
Media Law
Advanced Journalism Seminar
Introduction to Public Relations
Writing for Public Relations
Soc Media, SEO, and Digital Strategy
Public Relations Management, Philosophy and Ethics
Principles of Advertising
Beginning Acting
Intermediate Acting
Advanced Acting Workshop
Drama for Christian Ministry
London Theatre Study Tour
Total Credits22-24

Rhetorical Studies

Concentration Courses12
Select 12 credits from the following:
Argumentation and Debate
Advanced Public Communication
Persuasive Communication
Forms of Public Communication
Rhetorical Theories
Rhetorical Criticism
Rhetoric of Media Studies
Communication Seminar
Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior
Select one of the following courses: 11-3
Communication Internship (by arrangement)
Teaching Assistant (by arrangement)
Communication Practicum (by arrangement)
Elective Courses9
Select 9 credits from the following:
History of Cinema
Cinema and Media Arts Practicum
Cinema and Media Arts Seminar
Introduction to Public Communication 2
Small Group Communication
The Rhetorical Act 3
Communication in the Workplace
Oral Interpretation
Intercollegiate Forensics 4
Intercollegiate Forensics
Forms of Public Communication 4
Organizational Rhetoric
Communication Seminar 4
Intercultural Communication
Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior 4
Directed Research (by arrangement)
Practicum
Broadcast Anchoring and Announcing
Media Law
Advanced Journalism Seminar
Introduction to Public Relations
Writing for Public Relations
Soc Media, SEO, and Digital Strategy
Public Relations Management, Philosophy and Ethics
Principles of Advertising
Beginning Acting
Intermediate Acting
Advanced Acting Workshop
Drama for Christian Ministry
London Theatre Study Tour
Total Credits22-24

Organizational Communication

Concentration Courses12
Select 12 credits from the following:
Small Group Communication
Communication in the Workplace
Forms of Public Communication
Organizational Rhetoric
Communication Seminar
Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior
Select one of the following courses: 11-3
Communication Internship (by arrangement)
Teaching Assistant (by arrangement)
Communication Practicum (by arrangement)
Elective Courses9
Select 9 credits from the following:
History of Cinema
Cinema and Media Arts Practicum
Cinema and Media Arts Seminar
Introduction to Public Communication 2
The Rhetorical Act 3
Oral Interpretation
Argumentation and Debate
Intercollegiate Forensics 4
Intercollegiate Forensics
Advanced Public Communication
Rhetoric of Media Studies
Forms of Public Communication 4
Rhetorical Criticism
Communication Seminar 4
Intercultural Communication
Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior 4
Directed Research (by arrangement)
Practicum
Broadcast Anchoring and Announcing
Media Law
Advanced Journalism Seminar
Introduction to Public Relations
Writing for Public Relations
Soc Media, SEO, and Digital Strategy
Public Relations Management, Philosophy and Ethics
Principles of Advertising
Beginning Acting
Intermediate Acting
Advanced Acting Workshop
Drama for Christian Ministry
London Theatre Study Tour
Total Credits22-24

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Communication Studies, B.A. Relational Comm (CORC)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123BBST 209 or 2103
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4COMM 200 (required)3
HIST 100 or 1013Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
KNES 1071Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2513BBST 209 or 2103
COMM 2353COMM 2723
COMM 2543Concentration Elective13
Concentration Elective12Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3 
MATH 1211 
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 16 12
Total Credits 28
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 3543
COMM 3683COMM 3873
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 3133
MATH 1221MATH 1231
Writing Competency RequirementPhilosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 13 16
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 4653
COMM 4323BBST 306, 316, or 3263
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13COMM 4733
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13COMM 4953
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
 Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
 15 18
Total Credits 33

Communication Studies, B.A. Rhetorical Studies (CORS)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123BBST 209 or 2103
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4COMM 200 (required)3
HIST 100 or 1013Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
KNES 1071Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2513BBST 209 or 2103
COMM 2353COMM 2723
COMM 2543Concentration Elective13
Concentration Elective12Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3 
MATH 1211 
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 16 12
Total Credits 28
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 3543
COMM 3683COMM 3873
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 3133
MATH 1221MATH 1231
Writing Competency RequirementPhilosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 13 16
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 4653
COMM 4323BBST 306, 316, or 3263
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13COMM 4733
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13COMM 4953
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
 Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
 15 18
Total Credits 33

Communication Studies, B.A. Organizational Communication (CORG)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123BBST 209 or 2103
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4COMM 200 (required)3
HIST 100 or 1013Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
KNES 1071Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2513BBST 209 or 2103
COMM 2353COMM 2723
COMM 2543Concentration Elective13
Concentration Elective12Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3 
MATH 1211 
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 16 12
Total Credits 28
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 3543
COMM 3683COMM 3873
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 3133
MATH 1221MATH 1231
Writing Competency RequirementPhilosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 13 16
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 4653
COMM 4323BBST 306, 316, or 3263
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13COMM 4733
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13COMM 4953
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
 Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
 15 18
Total Credits 33

Communication Studies, B.A. Dramatic Arts (CODA)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123BBST 209 or 2103
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4COMM 200 (required)3
HIST 100 or 1013Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
KNES 1071Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2513BBST 209 or 2103
COMM 2353COMM 2723
COMM 2543Concentration Elective13
Concentration Elective12Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3General Elective2
MATH 1211 
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 3543
COMM 3683COMM 3873
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 3133
MATH 1221MATH 1231
Writing Competency RequirementPHIL 216 (recommended Phil Core Curr)3
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 13 16
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 4653
COMM 4323BBST 306, 316, or 3263
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13COMM 4733
Concentration Elective (upper-division)13COMM 4953
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Concentration Elective (upper-division)13
 15 15
Total Credits 30