Online Communication Studies Degree (B.S.)

The Communication Studies program at IU East offers courses that help people develop and refine their communication skills, translating them into a tangible advantage leading to success in every area of life.

As a field of study, communication spans a broad, rich array of subjects, including sociology, psychology, philosophy, political science, linguistics, history, literature, criticism and rhetoric. Although much of the field's subject matter is theoretical in nature, communication studies have proven applicable to business, film, theater, composition, advertising, education, foreign policy and computer science.

This degree completion program is designed for students who have completed at least 60 semester hours of transferable college credit with a GPA of 2.0 or better, or individuals who have completed an associate degree at the community college level. Prior transcripts are evaluated to determine academic status in relation to satisfying degree program requirements, including both general education courses equivalent to the Indiana University East core curriculum and all required prerequisites.

Also learn about our Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Online Degree Completion Program.

Careers in Communications

  • Marketing Director
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Community Relations Director
  • Publications Editor
  • Museum Curator
  • Editor
  • Publicist
  • Marketing Copywriter
  • Career and Training Advisor
  • Advertising Executive
  • Script Writer
  • Newspaper Publisher
  • Speechwriter
  • Sports Marketer
  • Public Affairs Director
  • Media Relations
  • TV Production
  • Video Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Health Care Industry
  • Event Planning

Completion Program Curriculum (60 cr)

The following is a sample two-year plan for the degree.
Your actual program sequence will depend on the semester that you choose to begin the program.

A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major.

Semester 1 (Spring)

  • CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture
  • SPCH-S 122 Interpersonal Communication
  • JOUR-J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Technical Competency Course

Semester 2 (Summer)

  • Communication Elective(s) (300/400 level)

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • CMCL-C 405 Communication Theories
  • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis or PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
  • Specialized Core Course
  • Specialized Core Course

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • CMCL-C 424 Communication Research Methods
  • CMCL-C 490 Capstone Seminar in Communication and Culture
  • Communications Elective (300/400 level)
  • Technical Competency Course

Semester 5 (Summer)

  • Communication Elective (300/400 level)
  • Technical Competency Course

Semester 6 (Fall)

  • Specialized Core Course
  • Technical Competency Course
  • Communication Elective (300/400 level)

Program Requirements

Writing Requirement

A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG-W 131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled. This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.

General Grade Requirement

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required in major core and major elective courses.

A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit Hours

For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of concentration must be completed at Indiana University East.

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