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

Communication Studies News

Upcoming Courses: Fall 2016 (CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)

  • CMCL-C122 or SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication (on campus and online)
  • CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (on campus and online)
  • CMCL-C315 Advertising and Consumer Culture (online)
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Projects in Contemporary Journalism (online)
  • CMCL-C 380 Nonverbal Communication (online)
  • CMCL-C 405 Communication Theories (on campus and online)
  • CMCL-C424 Communication Research Methods (online)
  • CMCL-C427 Cross-Cultural Communication (online)
  • CMCL-C440 Organizational Communication (online)
  • CMCL-C450 Gender and Communication (on campus and online)
  • CMCL-C490 Capstone Seminar in Communication and Culture (online)
  • JOUR-J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication (online)
  • JOUR-J210 Visual Communication (online)
  • JOUR-J219 Introduction to Public Relations (online)
  • SPCH-S121 Public Speaking (on campus and online)
  • SPCH-S333 Public Relations (online)

Faculty Publications and Presentations

Umoren, R., Rybas, N., Frintner, M.P. (2015). The contribution of childhood and medical school location to the career paths of the graduating pediatrics residents.  Academic Pediatrics, 15(5), 557-564.

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)


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