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Communication Studies, B.A., B.S.

The IU Online Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies prepares you for a limitless number of careers. In this flexible, fully online program, you’ll gain skills with proven application in business, film, theater, composition, advertising, computer science, and more.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 120

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $257.23

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $378.10

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

The IU Online Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies offers courses in communication theories, cross-cultural communication, public relations, gender and communication, propaganda and persuasion, and nonverbal communication.

You’ll develop interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, ethical, and media-savvy communication expertise that enhances your effectiveness in the workplace, at home, in the community, and in the world.

If you pursue the B.A., you take more courses in the liberal arts and humanities. If you pursue the B.S., you take more courses in the sciences. 

As a student in the program, you’ll benefit from a career-focused program ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

The instruction was of the same high quality as I’d expect in face-to-face classes.

Maureen Girlder B.S. in Communication Studies

To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 12 credit hours)  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials  
  • Submit official university transcripts (if applicable)
Application Deadlines

This program has rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Your IU Online B.A. or B.S. in Communication Studies prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Marketing director 
  • Public relations specialist 
  • Publications editor 
  • Copywriter 
  • Advertising executive 
  • Newspaper publisher 
  • Media relations specialist 

To graduate with the B.A. or B.S. in Communication Studies, you must complete 120 credit hours. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above; at least 18 hours must be in the major. 

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • Communication core courses (18 credit hours) 
  • Communication specialized core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Communication electives 300/400 level (12 credit hours) 
  • World language/culture courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Communication elective course (3 credit hours)
  • General education courses and electives, as needed to reach 120 credit hours

Core Classes for the BA or BS in Communication Studies
Course Number Course Name Credits

CMCL-C 205

Introduction to Communication and Culture

3 Credits

CMCL-C 405

Communication Theories

3 Credits

CMCL-C 424

Communication Research Methods

3 Credits

CMCL-C 490

Capstone Seminar in Communication and Culture

3 Credits

JOUR-J 110

Foundation of Journalism and Mass Communication

3 Credits

SPCH-S 122

Interpersonal Communication

3 Credits

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