"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

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.

Upcoming courses: Spring 2016 (CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)

CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (online and on campus)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Projects in Contemporary Journalism (online)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Social Media and Interpersonal Communication (MW 12:30-01:45P)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Media Criticism

CMCL-C405 Communication Theories (online)

CMCL-C424 Communication Research Methods (online)

CMCL-C427 Cross Cultural Communication (online)

CMCL-C450 Gender and Communication (online)

CMCL-C490 Capstone Seminar: Communication and Culture

SPCH-S121 Public Speaking (online and on campus)

SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication (online)

SPCH-S303 Propaganda and Persuasion (online)

SPCH-S325 Interviewing Principles and Practices (online)

SPCH-S333 Public Relations (online)

JOUR-J120 Visual Communication (online)

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)


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