Why Study Communication Studies at IU Southeast?

The program at IU Southeast offers students the opportunity to study with award-winning teachers and scholars in a challenging, innovative, and supportive environment. Students can choose from two tracks: communication or advertising.

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Within the Communication Studies major, students may elect one of four separate tracks:

  1. Communication
  2. Advertising
  3. Theatre
  4. Theatre-business

Because the four tracks offered in the Communication Studies program have similarities as well as some significant differences, student learning outcomes may vary depending upon the track a student selects.

The following three student learning outcomes provide broad-based goals for all four tracks in the degree program.

  1. Students will communicate effectively in speaking and writing. Those who major in one of the communication tracks will become proficient delivering public presentations, working in group situations, interacting interpersonally, or performing in a dramatic venue. Students will also learn to write effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  2. Students will think logically and critically. Communication students should be proficient in the following: developing problem-solving approaches, conducting research, analyzing evidence and sources of evidence, distinguishing between sound and fallacious reasoning, analyzing and evaluating elements and effects of the mass media, understanding and evaluating literature for performance situations.
  3. Students will possess an in-depth knowledge of the field of communication. This will include major theoretical foundations in communication, advertising, or theatre. Students will also be able to utilize such information in practical applications of the theories and concepts.

The mission of the Department of Communication Studies is to produce student learning and to advance knowledge about human communication from both a humanistic and social scientific perspective. The Department will provide a challenging, innovative, and supportive environment that will facilitate students’ intellectual growth. This includes students’ communication (both oral and written), research, and critical thinking skills across an array of contexts. The Department will serve the university, the community, and the discipline.

The Department of Communication Studies is located in Knobview Hall on the campus of Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana.

For more information about our program, please call (812) 941-2342. The Administrative Assistants for the School of Arts and Letters - Juli Crecelius and Sabrina Haas - will be happy to assist you or direct your call to one of our full-time faculty members.



A student must have a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Additionally, students must have a GPA of 2.3 to enroll in SPCH-S 246 (Rhetorical Skills), the threshold course for the department. All core courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all General Education and Bachelor of Arts requirements. For a major in Communication Studies, students must complete all courses listed in the program's degree plan. In total, students must have completed with a C or higher 39 hours of Communication Studies courses, or courses in other departments approved by Communication Studies and listed on the degree plan. To earn a major in Communication Studies, students must take a minimum of 21 hours within the Department. Further, the Department also must approve all transfer credits into the major.

Transfer credits

(Resident, Transfer, and Returning Students)
Students who originally enrolled at IU Southeast, who have completed the requirements for admission into the Communication Studies program, and who have been continuously enrolled at IU Southeast (no more than three consecutive semesters without enrolling at IU Southeast) are considered resident students. A student transferring from another university, or changes majors within IU Southeast, will be considered a resident student and will be covered by resident student guidelines. Students who have not enrolled at IU Southeast for four or more consecutive semesters are considered returning students.

Policies for Accepting Transfer Credit

Department of Communication Studies policy for those transferring core courses:

  • Transfer credit for SPCH-S 246 is dependent upon reasonable evidence of competence in writing and speaking. This should include both an example of academic writing that is substantially similar to requirements for successfully completing the written portion of SPCH-S 246. Evidence will also include either a video-taped or live performance of a persuasive speech that is substantially similar to the requirements for completing the speaking portion of SPCH-S 246. Whether or not a paper or speech is considered "substantially similar" will be determined by the faculty of the Communication Studies Department.
  • The student must meet a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.3 for admission to the Communication Studies Department.
  • Prerequisites for core courses must be met (either by completing the course[s] at IU Southeast or through transfer credit from another university) before a student may enroll in the core course.
  • All of the core courses must be completed either by taking the appropriate course, or through substitution via a comparable course transferred from another institution or department.
  • The authority to decide which, if any, courses will be accepted for transfer credit will rest with the student's advisor (with the consent of the faculty of the Communication Studies Department). The student's advisor may require a syllabus or some other evidence of a course's suitability for transfer credit before a decision is made.
  • Transfer students must also meet the distribution and graduation requirements as they appear in the IU Southeast Bulletin.

Returning Students

Returning students must meet the distribution and major requirements as outlined in the IU Southeast Bulletin for the semester in which they re-enroll. Core courses completed more than five year prior to re-enrollment will be accepted for credit on a case by case basis determined by the Department of Communication Studies faculty.

University Policies

Students must adhere to all university policies and rules as described in the IU Southeast Bulletin in effect when a student enrolls in the university.

A major in Communication Studies prepares one for a variety of jobs. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Public Relations Officer
  • Conflict Resolution Specialist
  • Teacher/College Instructor
  • Sales Representative
  • Press Secretary
  • Marketing Research
  • Technical Writer
  • Training Specialist
  • Minister/Missionary
  • Media Analyst
  • Public Information Officer
  • Tourism Director
  • Speechwriter
  • Research Consultant
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Politics/Elected Office
  • Lobbyist
  • Community Affairs Liason
  • Human resources specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist

SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
P: W 131 or concurrent enrollment in W 131. Theory and practice of public speaking, training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content, analysis of components of effective delivery and language.

SPCH-S 122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
Practical consideration of spontaneous human interaction in face-to-face situations. Special attention is given to perception, language, and attitudes in dyads and small groups.

SPCH-C 325 Interviewing Principles and Practices (3 cr.)
P: Sophomore standing. Study and practice of methods in selected interview settings; emphasis on the logical and psychological bases for the exchange of information and attitudes.

SPCH-C 205 Introduction to Oral Interpretation (3 cr.)
P: Sophomore standing, S 121 or T 120, or consent of instructor. Basic principles and practice in analysis and reading of selections from prose, poetry, and drama. Lecture and recitation.

SPCH-S 210 Survey of Communication Studies (1 cr.)
This course surveys the foundational principles, theories, and practice of the major areas of the communication studies discipline.

SPCH-S 246 Rhetorical Skills (3 cr.)
This course provides instruction and practice in intermediate skills of written and oral communication.

SPCH-S 223 Business and Professional Speaking (3 cr.)
P: Sophomore standing, S 121, S 122, or consent of instructor. Preparation and presentation of types of speeches and oral reports appropriate to business and professional occupations; group discussion and parliamentary procedure.

SPCH-S 228 Argumentation and Advocacy (3 cr.)
P: S 121 and sophomore standing. Reasoning, evidence, and argument in public discourse. Study of forms of argument. Practice in argumentative speaking.

SPCH-S 229 Discussion and Group Methods (3 cr.)
P: S 121 or S 122 and sophomore standing. Leadership and participation in group, committee, conference, and public discussion; logical and psychological aspects of group process.

SPCH-S 306 Leadership (3 cr.)
P: S121 and junior standing. An upper-level survey course designed to familiarize students with the role of effective leadership within a business environment; students will explore and distinguish among various styles of leadership and their demand in today’s global market. 

SPCH-S 307 Crisis Management (3 cr.)
P: S121 and junior standing. An upper-level survey course designed to introduce students to the various concepts, theories, and principles of effective crisis management; the course explores both national and international corporate crisis in regards to crisis prevention, crisis readiness, and crisis resolution.

SPCH-S 308. Family Communication (3 cr.)
P: S122 and junior standing. This course is designed to critically examine the communication process that comprise and define families. Students will be exposed to numerous perspectives taken by contemporary family communication scholars. Students will learn how to apply diverse family theories and research.

SPCH-S 322 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
P: S 122 and junior standing. Advanced consideration of communication in human relationships. Emphasis given to self-concept, perception, verbal language, nonverbal interaction, listening, interpersonal conflict and communication skills in family, social, and work situations.

SPCH-S 324 Persuasion (3 cr.)
P: Junior standing and S 246. Motivational appeals in influencing behavior; psychological factors in speaker-audience relationship; contemporary examples of persuasion. Practice in persuasive speaking.

SPCH-S 325 Voice and Diction (3 cr.)
P: S 121 or T 120. R: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. Anatomy and functions of vocal mechanism; background for teaching normal speech patterns.

SPCH-S 333 Public Relations (3 cr.)
P: Junior standing and S 121 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the principles of contemporary public relations, including ethics of public relations; impact on society; and uses by government, business, and social institutions for internal and external communication. Public relations as a problem-solving process utilizing theoretical and applied communication strategies.

SPCH-S 336 Current Topics in Communication (3 cr.)
Extensive analysis of selected problems in contemporary speech communication. Topics vary each semester and are listed in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated once for credit.

SPCH-S 353 Advanced Public Speaking (3 cr.)
P: S 121 and sophomore standing. Development of a marked degree of skill in preparation and delivery of various types of speeches, with emphasis upon depth of research, clarity of organization, application of proof, and appropriate style.

SPCH-S 380 Nonverbal Communication (3 cr.)
P: S122. Exploration of communicative interaction that is not linguistic in nature. Emphasizes the communicative aspects of personal space, physical environment, body movement, touch, facial expression, eye contact, and paralanguage.

SPCH-S 398 Independent Study in Speech Communication (1-3 cr.)
P: Junior standing and approval of instructor. Independent study or practicum experience. Projects must be approved by faculty member before enrolling. May be repeated for up to a total of 6 credits.

SPCH-S 400 Senior Seminar (2 cr.)
For students enrolling fall 2009 or after. P: Introduction to Speech Communication and Introduction to Communication Research (course numbers to be determined), as well as SPCH-S 228, SPCH-S 229, SPCH-S 324, and senior standing. Advisors can provide a course description.

SPCH-S 405 Human Communication Theory (3 cr.)
P: Junior standing, S 246, and S 322 or S 324. Survey of contemporary theories of human communication with emphasis on the nature of theory construction; contributions of allied disciplines to communication theory.

SPCH-S 407 Historical Development of Rhetorical Theory (3 cr.)
P: Junior standing, S246. Survey of ancient through contemporary thought on the art of rhetoric; identification of leading trends in the history of rhetoric and the assessment of those trends in light of surrounding context.

SPCH-S 421 Speech Criticism (3 cr.)
P: Junior standing and S 246. Rhetorical criticism exemplified by selected studies, ancient and modern; development of contemporary standards and methods of appraisal.

SPCH-S 424 Empirical Research Methods in Speech Communication (3 cr.)
P: MATH-A 118, Math -M 118, or higher, junior or senior standing and S 246. Focuses on the objective appraisal of behavioral data in the study of speech communication. Introduces the theoretical foundation of empirical social science and offers guidelines for conducting descriptive and experimental studies.

SPCH-S 427 Cross-Cultural Communication (3 cr.)
P: Sophomore standing. A survey study of national, cultural, and cross-cultural persuasion in theory and practice.

SPCH-S 440 Organizational Communication (3 cr.)
P: Junior standing and S 246. Examination of internal and external communication in business and other professional organizations, with emphasis upon theory, techniques, practices, goals, and the social environment in which such communication exists.

SPCH-S 450 Gender and Communication (3 cr.)
P: S 122 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor. Exploration of the communication between males and females from psychological, social, and cultural perspectives. Emphasizes interpersonal interaction between males and females in friendship and romantic contexts as well as educational, organizational, and mediated contexts.

Telecommunications (TEL) School of Arts and Letters

CMCL-C 202 Media in the Global Context (3 cr.)
Surveys media industries, products, and publics outside the United States context (e.g., Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America). Analyzes regional media in relation to local/ global historical, economic, and social processes.

CMCL-C 315 Advertising and Consumer Culture (3 cr.)
Critical examination of advertising’s role in modern societies. Focuses on marketing and consumption as central activities in shaping personal identity and social relations.

TEL-T 340 Electronic Media Advertising (3 cr.)
Principles of Internet, network, national spot, and local radio and television advertising; roles of advertising agency, station representative, time buyer.

TEL-T 347 Promotion and Marketing in Telecommunications (3 cr.)
Theory and practice of designing, implementing, and evaluating promotional materials and marketing campaigns for television programs, radio formats, cable services, the Web, and new media.

TEL-R 404 Topical Seminar in Telecommunications (3 cr.)
P: TEL-T 441. Exploration of problems and issues of telecommunications in contemporary society.

TEL-R 440 Advertising Strategies (3 cr.)
P: SPCH-S 246. Analysis and evaluation of the planning, creative, and placement components of advertising campaigns utilizing the broadcast media; development of original advertising campaigns.

TEL-T 441 Advanced Advertising Strategies (3 cr.)
P: TEL-R 440. Analysis and evaluation of planning, creative, and placement components of advertising campaigns utilizing the electronic media; development of original advertising campaigns.

TEL-T 414 Public Communication Campaigns (3 cr.)
Theoretical backgrounds of media campaigns; analyses of persuasion strategies, campaign goals, communication media, audiences, and campaign effectiveness. Case studies of campaigns for social action; original analysis of specific campaigns.

siècle II (3 cr.)


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Michael Abernethy
Lecturer of Communication Studies
Phone: (812) 941-2096
Office Location: KV 110P
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Rebecca Carlton
Senior Lecturer
Basic Course Coordinator in Communication Studies
Phone: (812) 941-2162
Office Location: KV 110 H
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James Kauffman
Professor of Communication Studies
Phone: (812) 941-2256
Office Location: KV 200 K
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Granville King III
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Phone: (812) 941-2681
Office Location: KV 110 Q
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J. R. Ramsey
Phone: (812) 941-2097
Office Location: KV 046
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Diane S Reid
Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies
Phone: (812) 941-2304
Office Location: KV 110 F
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