Granted By: Indiana University
Academic Unit: IU School of Liberal Arts
Overview: Communication Studies is an integral part of the liberal arts. The curriculum focuses on communication theories, methods, and competencies from a variety of contexts: rhetorical symbolism, public address, organizations, family, health, media, and theatre. The department offers a diverse curriculum for majors, minors, and service courses for other departments and units within the University. Students learn about the communication process inherent in the areas of: interpersonal, group, organizational, public, and media studies. Communication course work assists students in enhancing their critical inquiry, oral performance, media and message design, problem-solving, and relational conversation skills. A foundation is provided for graduate work in various areas of communication studies, humanities, and/or social science and in professional programs such as law, business, health, and social work. Course work also assists those students pursuing career fields that apply communication principles: public relations, marketing, video or film production, corporate media production, training and development, human resources, public affairs, and special events planning.