Online Bachelor - Communication Studies

“Students in this program will learn how to lead and communicate using ethical interpersonal practices drawn from biblical principles.”

- Frank Ponce


Overview of the Communication Studies Online Bachelor Program

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Communication is a 22-month course of study program that provides an in-depth education from a Christian perspective for persons who desire to serve as communication professionals in churches, schools, organizations and businesses. The communication major provides comprehensive preparation in communication theory and practice. Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers and graduate education. The program is an online series of courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

The outcomes are aligned with the National Communication Association’s program standards for communication majors. Graduates from this major will be able to:

  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions
  • Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
  • Engage in communication inquiry
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
  • Critically analyze messages
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals
  • Apply ethical principles and biblical practices
  • Utilize communication to embrace differences
  • Influence public discourse

Why Study Communication?

Our communication degree uniquely equips graduates with valuable communication skills applicable in a wide variety of fields. Because occupational studies consistently show that all employers, regardless of profession, place oral and written communication skills at the top of the list of what they look for when hiring, the communication program is an excellent choice for career advancement and personal growth. The communication program is designed to develop skills in report writing, business presentations, effective group work, improve the ability to think creatively and critically, and communicate more effectively in all settings. Additionally, graduates will better understand and develop essential competencies in key areas such as conflict resolution, power, planning, problem solving, cultural competencies, digital media resources, and leadership. The program seeks to be practical and relevant in today’s workplace while building on the scholarly understanding of theories that inform and explain behavior. The foundation underpinning all study is development in ethical action and growth in character within the context of a Christian university.

Careers in Communication

Studies in communication translate across a wide variety of leadership, management, and administrative career paths. Students of communication are regularly employed among the following professions: mid-level and senior organizational management, author, publication editor, copy and technical writer, grant writer, recruiter, trainer, community service coordinator/liaison, event planner and promoter, organizational press secretary/spokesperson, labor negotiator, and conflict mediator. Communication studies develop professional skills and abilities that transcend most professional opportunities and effectively prepare persons for future service and leadership.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
44 Total $392 / credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

For current IWU students, financial aid may be available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement. For detailed information, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email

Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.


Required Courses




Below are the lists of requirements for the B.S. in Communication program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Transfer Credits Policy

  • Credit must have been earned at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with a minimum grade of "C."
  • Courses must be approved by the Division of Liberal Arts.
  • Students must complete at least 30 hours of the core curriculum at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 120 semester hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the required COM-courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of general education as specified (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the BS in Communications program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.