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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.