The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in communication.
Communication majors study theory and practice in a focused set of courses designed to maximize professional development.
Graduates are prepared for careers in multimedia fields, journalism, public relations, and communication. The program offers
excellent preparation for graduate studies.
Coursework includes a required core of communication courses, a set of elective courses, and courses in a concentration
selected from the following areas:
Communication students are required to complete a minor (offered by another department) to gain a broader liberal
An important feature of the program is its emphasis on blending classroom learning with practical experience
and cocurricular activities that result in exciting and challenging study. Most courses in the major feature structured
team-based work that prepares students for a contemporary workplace.
Students gain practical skills and experience by conducting independent research or producing creative projects,
completing internships, and pursuing community engagement through client-based and volunteer experiences with various
on-campus and community-based organizations, including television and radio stations, newspapers, not-for-profit
agencies and associations. These experiences help students build a portfolio and
receive professional assessment of work that may lead to employment after graduation.
Students benefit from mid-size to smaller classes taught by award-winning faculty who have a diversity of specialties.
Department faculty hold doctoral degrees and engage in research and publish within their specializations.
Facilities available for student research and activities include multimedia production studios, equipment support for
field production, public relations production laboratory, and various instructional laboratory spaces.
Communication majors are actively involved in several student organizations, including the Public Relations Student Society of America,
Sycamore Video, and WISU-FM, a 13,500-watt stereo radio station.
Majors are encouraged to pursue other opportunities including study abroad (ranging from summer programs to a single
semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries), the University Honors Program, and the certificate program in nonprofit
Special Note: In addition to the communication major (listed above), the department also offers a minor in communication
that includes 21 credits. The communication minor is open to all non-communication majors—and is an excellent way to increase employability and supplement skills and abilities.
Our graduates are well prepared for careers in their chosen area study. In addition, the Communication Program is excellent preparation for graduate study. Listed below are a few of the opportunities.
: Account executive
: Disc jockey
: Media buyer
: News anchor
: Program director
: Public relations positions
: Sales manager
: Station manager
: Talk show host
: Video and film editor
: Web designer
In addition, the Public Relations Program is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Communication offers a variety of scholarships and awards. For more information on these awards, contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.