Chairperson: Dr. David W. Worley
Department Office: Erickson Hall, room 311
Web site: http://www.indstate.edu/comm/
Competition in the workplace demands that today’s students possess effective communication skills. At the start of a new century, the need to understand, produce, and use effective communication strategies is more important than ever. It is vital to the success of individuals, communities, states, and nations. The task is further complicated by the many new communication technologies now in use, and the increasing importance of working in the global context.
The Department of Communication at Indiana State University recognizes these changes and offers a program of study to prepare students to work in this new and evolving environment. Communication at ISU allows students to study both the practical and theoretical, while tailoring a program that maximizes personal growth and professional development. With this approach, students receive the best of both the professional and academic worlds. The department offers a broad range of experiential learning opportunities for students in each of the four concentrations in the department: electronic media; journalism; human communication; and public relations.
In support of the liberal arts and sciences mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and Indiana State University, the Department of Communication participates in the General Education Program, the Honors Program, the International Studies Program, the Women’s Studies Program, and the First-Year Learning Communities.
The Department of Communication offers a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree. Candidates for either degree must complete the University requirement of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit, including General Education course work, as well as the requirements for the departmental major outlined on the curriculum pages. Candidates for a bachelor of arts degree must also complete two years, or the equivalent, of a foreign language.
Facilities available for student research and activities include computer laboratories, a performance laboratory, a film laboratory, two television studios, audio facilities, a radio station, and two classroom studios that provide University-wide service in distance education. Co-curricular activities include the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Society of Professional Journalists student chapter, Sycamore Video, and WISU-FM, a 13,500-watt stereo radio station. Students can also work for publications such as the Indiana Statesman and IQ Magazine.
The college, in consultation with departments, assigns each student a faculty academic advisor. Majors and minors in the Department of Communication are encouraged to maintain good contact with their advisor, and are expected to work with their advisor prior to registration each semester. Students who do so are more likely to meet their goals and achieve academic success. Students can find their assigned advisor by consulting the college, the department, or their DARS.