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.


Communication Studies News


Upcoming Courses: Summer 2018 (CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)


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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: Journalism and American Democracy
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Sex and Violence in the Media
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Social Media Strategies
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Race and Communication
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Health, Sexuality and Gender
  • SPCH-S121 Public Speaking

Graduate, Online

CMCL-C545 Pedagogy in Communication and Culture


Upcoming Courses: Fall 2018 (CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)

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Undergraduate, On-campus

  • CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture MW 2:00-3:15pm
  • CMCL-C405 Communication Theories MW 11:00am-12:15pm
  • JOUR-J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication TR 12:30-1:45pm
  • SPCH-S121 Public Speaking - various days and times, 16 week and 8 week sessions
  • SPCH-S325 Interviewing Principles and Practices TR2:00-3:15pm

Undergraduate, Online

  • CMCL-C122 or SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication
  • CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture
  • CMCL-C307 Health Communication
  • CMCL-C317 New Media
  • CMCL-C334 Topics: Projects in Contemporary Journalism
  • CMCL-C344 Topics: Media as Social Institutions
  • CMCL-C405 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-S333 Public Relations

Graduate, Online

CMCL-C606 Media Criticism



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