The communication studies discipline explores interpersonal, group, organizational, public, and electronically mediated communication and considers the variety of contexts in which communication occurs, such as family relationships, cultural clashes, and political campaigns. Although much of the field's subject matter is theoretical in nature, communication studies have 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 exposes you to courses in communication theories, cross-cultural communication, public relations, gender and communication, propaganda and persuasion, and nonverbal communication. You 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
- Advertising executive
- Newspaper publisher
- Media relations specialist
- TV producer
- Event planner
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)
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- Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you
- Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU
- Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management
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To be accepted to this program, you must have:
Admissions requirements vary.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Office of Admissions
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Richmond, IN 47374-1289
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $229.84
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $689.52
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $330.99
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $992.97
Additional fees will apply.
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