Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies at IU East offers programs that examine the process of human communication as well as the creation, dissemination, effects, and criticism of communication messages.  The Department’s undergraduate programs offer courses that focus on interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and media studies and emphasize both theory and practice. 


Department faculty offer classes based on their wide-ranging expertise in media criticism, social media, intercultural communication, health communication, media effects, intimate communication, propaganda, public relations, and visual communication, among others.  Throughout a course of study, students may analyze communication-related current events, participate in communication scenarios, critique media artifacts, author press releases, edit photographs, or develop communication campaigns.


Professionals who hold communication degrees work in diverse industries including healthcare, advertising, public relations, media, higher education, financial services, and non-profit.


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

1) Disciplinary Knowledge of Communication Studies: Students demonstrate proficiency with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in communication studies.

2) Critical Thinking Skills in Communication Studies: Students practice use of critical thinking to address problems or issues related to communication behaviors and processes. Critical thinking implies ability to complete a comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts or events before accepting or rejecting an opinion or conclusion.

3) Ethical Communication: Students develop intellectual tools to communicate with ethical intention. Ethical communication is based in the heterogeneity, interconnectivity, and historicity or communications acts and contexts. It also relates to the influence of power and relation on communication partners, acts, and contexts.

4) Effective Public Communication: Students compose and deliver an effective oral argument that is supported by credible sources and is relevant to the audience. The students respond to a message to demonstrate comprehension, criticism, or support and to reflect presence in the communication moment.

5) Professional Readiness: Students connect their learning of the communication discipline with their professional goals.

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