Communication Studies

"Communication" describes a wide range of learned skills that allow people to function effectively in society. The Department of Communication Studies 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. Students of communication develop their interpersonal and public communication abilities, and learn to appropriate various communication media: TV/video, journalism, desktop publishing, and visual images.

Communication graduates have been employed in a diverse array of fields, including public relations and marketing, financial services, higher education administration, health care industry management, the pharmaceutical industry, event planning, real estate, and the non-profit sector. Others have attended graduate school and still others have joined community service efforts like Teach for America or the Peace Corps.

What can I do with a degree in Communication?

Here is a partial list of career possibilities obtained from the National Communication Association.

  • 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

Program Learning Outcomes

Intercultural communication competency: Analyze cultural perspectives of others and of self as these perspectives emerge in verbal and nonverbal communication;

Interpersonal communication skills: Manage interpersonal relations in face-to-face and online contexts;

Media literacy: Evaluate media messages from the points of view of audiences and of producers;

Speaking competency: Develop an oral argument that is supported by credible sources and relevant to the audience;

Listening competency: Respond to an oral or written message to demonstrate comprehension, criticism, or support;

Discipline knowledge: Explain key concepts, theories, and methods in the context of interpersonal and intercultural communication and media studies (Approved 01/14/2015)

Communication Studies News

Upcoming Courses: Spring 2017(CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)


Undergraduate, On-campus

  • CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture MW 11:00 am-12:15pm
  • CMCL-C304 Communication and Social Conflict M 12:30pm-3:05pm
  • CMCL-C424 Communication Research Methods TR 9:30am-10:45pm
  • SPCH-S121 Public Speaking – various days

Undergraduate, Online

  • CMCL-C122 or SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication
  • CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture
  • CMCL-C307 Health Communication
  • CMCL-C315 Advertising and Consumer Culture
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Projects in Contemporary Journalism
  • CMCL-C 405 Communication Theories
  • CMCL-C424 Communication Research Methods
  • CMCL-C427 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • CMCL-C440 Organizational Communication
  • CMCL-C450 Gender and Communication
  • CMCL-C490 Capstone Seminar in Communication and Culture
  • JOUR-J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • JOUR-J210 Visual Communication
  • JOUR-J219 Introduction to Public Relations
  • SPCH-S121 Public Speaking
  • SPCH-S303 Propaganda and persuasion
  • SPCH-S333 Public Relations

Upcoming Courses: Summer 2017(CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)

Undergraduate, On-campus

  • SPCH-S121 Public Speaking MW 2:00-4:55pm
  • SPCH-S121 Public Speaking MW 2:00-4:55pm

Undergraduate, Online

  • CMCL-C122 or SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication
  • CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Communication in Teams
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Love and Romance in Media
  • CMCL-C380 Nonverbal Communication
  • SPCH-S121 Public Speaking
  • CMCL-C122 or SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication
  • CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Health Campaigns
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Popular culture and Communication: Disney

Graduate, Online

CMCL-C545 Pedagogy in Communication and Culture


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