B.S. in Human Communication Studies
“Students in this program will learn how to lead and communicate using ethical interpersonal practices drawn from biblical principles.”
- Frank Ponce
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Communication Studies program 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 Human Communication Studies 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.
Graduates from this major will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of major theories and practices of communication in its varied contexts.
- Demonstrate competence in applying theory to common communication situations.
- Engage and integrate the Christian faith into the study and practice of communication.
- Demonstrate ability to conduct scholarly research and use it to further the study, practice, and personal use of communication.
Why Study Communication?
Our communication degree uniquely equips graduates with valuable communication skills applicable in a wide variety of elds. 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 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, 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 administrate career paths. Students of communication are regularly employed among the following professions: midlevel 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. Human Communication Studies develop professional skills and abilities that transcend most professional opportunities and effectively prepare persons for future service and leadership.
Tuition & Financial Aid
|40 Total||$368 / credit hour|
*Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
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.
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 NonResAid@indwes.edu.
Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.
Preview Your Classes
* Cognate Requirements – Complete 6 hours in SOC or PSY at the 200 level or above
Below are the lists of requirements for the B.S. in Human Communication Studies 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.
The admission requirements for this program are as follows:
- Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
- Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at regionally accredited colleges or universities or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
- Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.
- A maximum of 40 hours of credit may be earned through the prior learning assessment process toward the required 60.
To graduate with a baccalaureate degree with a major in Human Communication Studies from the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University, the following requirements must be met:
- Completion of 120 semester hours.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.50 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.
To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Communication Studies degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.
Apply online at www.indwes.edu.
Applicants who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college coursework or applicants who are applying to the certificate program are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.
Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.
College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.
- TOEFL Scores
Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see www.toefl.org.
Prior Learning Assessment
Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.
Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the BS in Human Communications program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.