Communication Studies

"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

R.S. AldrichAldrich, R. S., Harrington, N. G., & Cerel, J. (2014). The willingness to intervene against suicide questionnaire. Death Studies, 38,100-108.DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2012.738763

Aldrich, R. S., Daws, L.B., & Blau, N. (accepted for presentation Nov. 2014). Beyond theTraditional Classroom: Tips for Teaching Communication Research Methods Online,Short Course to be presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Chicago.

J. CombsCheong, Y., & Combs, J. (2014). An analysis of media violence in commercials aired during the telecasts of sports events. Journal of Marketing Communications. DOI: 10.1080/13527266.2014.930067




Matthew D. Lamb (2014). “Self and the City: Parkour, Architecture, and the Interstices of the ‘Knowable’ City.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 10.2.

Julie Semlak (2014). "Using Mind Maps to Assess Student Learning in an Undergraduate Phonetics Class” presentation at the American-Speech Language Conference in November.

Julie Semlak served as a Speakers' Coach for the TEDx Dayton conference in October 2014.

Upcoming courses: Summer 2015 (CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)

CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (General Education or core, online)

CMCL-C450 Gender and Communication (core, online)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Deception, Jealousy and Secrets (elective, online)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Love and Romance in Mass Media (elective, online)

CMCL-C334 Topics: Culture of Social Media (elective, online)

SPCH-S121 Public Speaking (General Education online and on campus)

SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication (General Education, elective, online)

Upcoming courses: Fall 2015 (CMCL, SPCH, JOUR)

CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (General Education or core, online and on campus)

CMCL-C405 Communication Theories (core, online)

CMCL-C450 Gender and Communication (core, online)

CMCL-C424 Communication Research Methods (core, oncampus)

CMCL-C427 Cross-Cultural Communication (core, on campus)

CMCL-C450 Gender and Communication (core, online)

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

CMCL-C307 Health Communication (elective, online)

CMCL-C315 Advertising and Consumer Culture (elective, online)

SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication (General Education or core, online and on campus)

SPCH-S303 Propaganda and Persuasion (core, online)

JOUR-J210 Visual Communication (elective, online)

JOUR-J219 Introduction to Public Relations (elective, online)