• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $220.03
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $315.35

Communication Studies, BA, BS

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

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 
  • 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)

As an IU Online student, you will receive personalized help and counseling in:  

  • Onboarding, with just-in-time reference material   
  • Financial aid, including help finding and applying for loans and scholarships   
  • Success coaching   
  • Math and writing tutoring   
  • 24/7 Call Center   
  • Career coaching  


Admissions

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 applynow@iue.edu or:   

          Office of Admissions

          Indiana University East

          Whitewater Hall, Room 151

          2325 Chester Boulevard

          Richmond, IN 47374-1289 

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $220.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $660.09
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $315.35
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $946.05
Note: 

Additional fees will apply.

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  • Flexibility

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    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.