"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: Summer 2016 (CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)

Session 1

CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (online)

CMCL-C309 Deception, Jealousy, and Secrets (online)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Sex and Violence in the Media (online)

Session 2

CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (online)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Health Campaigns (online)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Digital Responsibilities and Rights (online)

Faculty publications and presentations

Kaufmann, R., & Frisby, B. N. (2015, April). Rhetorical and Relational Disclosures: The Development and Validation of an Instructor Disclosure Scale. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association convention, Madison, WI.

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.

Faculty spotlight

Renee Kaufmann

Renee Kaufmann, PhD (University of Kentucky, 2014)

Communication Technology, Instructional and Interpersonal Communication

What is your current favorite publication?

This would have to be my "development and validation of the online learning climate scale (OLCS)" in Communication Education. I love this piece because it is part of my dissertation and my co-authors are two of my mentors and friends.  This work really sums up all the work I did in graduate school and the work I plan to accomplish here at Indiana University East. 

What is your line of research?

My research focuses on the different effective communication strategies employed  between instructors and students in the mediated classroom (i.e., online class) and how those strategies impact learning outcomes. I am also interested in new communication technology (e.g., social media; Facebook) and how those online interactions impact interpersonal outcomes. 

What is your favorite class to teach?

Currently my favorite class is the special topics course "Social media and interpersonal communication." This course allows me to talk about my own research and bring in my expertise in the topic. The course also allows students to engage with social media practices that they may not be aware of and share stories regarding their own experiences. The final for this course is project- based. Students are in groups examining one social media platform and they then critique the platform's interpersonal tools. In the end, the students have to create a new platform based on their experiences with the assigned platform and apply theory plus the interpersonal literature thus creating an optimal social media platform. I am beyond excited to see what my students create!



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