Communication Studies, B.S.


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 Science degree in Communication Studies, offered completely online and requires the completion of 42 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science 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 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
Students must complete the standard Core Curriculum (general education and Bible) requirements. The specific course below fulfills the Communication Core requirement.
The Rhetorical Act (required Communication Core Curriculum course for the Communication Studies Department) 1
Bible Requirement
Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation
Foundations of Christian Thought
Old Testament History and Literature
New Testament History and Literature
Christian Theology
Early Christian History - Acts
BBST Integrative course (taken as COMM 390)
BBST Integrative course (taken as COMM 392)
BBST Integrative course (taken as COMM 490)
BBST Integrative course (taken as COMM 492)
Program Courses
COMM 100Introduction to Public Communication3
COMM 235Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 254Communication Theories3
COMM 272History of Communication3
COMM 387Organizational Communication3
COMM 390Jesus the Rhetor3
COMM 392Engaging Perspectives3
COMM 432Rhetorical Theories3
COMM 473Communication and Diversity3
COMM 490Conflict and the Christian3
COMM 492Authentic Communication3
Select 9 credits of COMM electives 29
Total Credits42