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Communication Studies, BA, BS

Bachelor Of Arts, Bachelor Of Science

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Explore interpersonal, group, organizational, public, and electronically mediated communication and consider the variety of contexts in which communication occurs, such as family relationships, cultural clashes, and political campaigns. Gain skills with proven application in business, film, theater, composition, advertising, education, foreign policy and computer science.

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. 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.

Your IU Online BA or BS in Communication Studies prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Marketing director 
  • Public relations specialist 
  • Publications editor 
  • Museum curator 
  • Copywriter 
  • Advertising executive 
  • Newspaper publisher 
  • Media relations specialist 
  • TV producer 
  • Event planner   

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the BA or BS in Communication Studies, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major. If you pursue the BA, you take more courses in the liberal arts and humanities. If you pursue the BS, you take more courses in the sciences. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

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

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Admissions requirements vary.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

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 transcripts to or:   
          Office of Admissions
          Indiana University East
          Whitewater Hall, Room 151
          2325 Chester Boulevard
          Richmond, IN 47374-1289 


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
CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis 3 Credits
PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques 3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $249.73
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $749.19

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $365.31
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1095.93