Communication (BA)

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Prepare for a dynamic communication career as a valued asset in a variety of contexts, from organizations to politics, newsrooms to multinational corporations, social media to community advocacy. Communication graduates from Indiana State are well-trained, essential professionals in an ever-connected world.

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at Indiana State?

A bachelor’s degree in communication from Indiana State University will open doors to many communication careers, including social media management, political communication, immersive journalism, patient advocacy, and content production. 

Communicate Successfully with Others

To become an accomplished leader, you must communicate effectively with many different audiences. Prepare for professional success through independent research, creative projects, internships, and collaborations with on-campus and community-based organizations.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Indiana State's instructors assist students in gaining professional development through internships and community engagement. Many have experience in media, public relations, and related communication fields.

With our small classes, you will receive one-on-one assistance and mentorship from professors who will encourage you to participate in volunteer service, advocacy, multimedia productions, and other activities that are practically relevant to your chosen profession.

Get Expert Assistance in Our Learning Studios 

Prepare for your career in communication with hands-on experience from day one. Build your skills in our state-of-the-art multimedia production studios, podcast studio and other instructional laboratory spaces.  

What You'll Learn in the Communication Program

The BA in communication introduces you to cutting-edge topics in communication today and features a range of practical elective courses to help you build out your custom skill set. You can complete our communication bachelor’s degree program in four years of full-time study.

Core courses include interpersonal communication, media and society, multimedia production, persuasion, and communication law.

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You may pursue one of the following concentrations in place of the degree’s electives.


Examine communication practices as a way of accomplishing social ends, constructing cultural identity, and creating meaning through performance. This concentration is ideal for students interested in learning how culture is produced and reproduced by human action with a focus on equity, social justice, and advocacy.

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Examine the social implications and responsibilities of media in the 21st century. This concentration is well-suited for students who are interested in thinking about media content critically and producing cutting-edge media content. Students become fluent in the creative and technological aspects of digital content production and innovation.

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Examine the production of health information and how this content impacts individuals, small groups and communities, organizations, and public policy. This concentration is ideal for students interested in learning how to communicate evidence-based health information to various healthcare audiences.

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Explore various skills, laws, ethics, power dynamics, and responsibilities of the news media in today's ever-changing society. This concentration is designed for students interested in telling the stories that can impact their community and the world.

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Learn how to help organizations build and maintain a brand identity and communicate effectively with diverse audiences. This concentration is ideal for students interested in pursuing a career in social media management, crisis communication, and strategic communication.

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Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Communication Majors

Students who earn a bachelor’s degree in communication from Indiana State University are prepared for professional careers or graduate study following graduation. Career paths include communications, media, public relations, and other public and private sectors.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average growth rates in communication occupations:

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Join Student Media at Indiana State

Gain hands-on experience in communication practice by joining Indiana State's student media groups:  

  • Sycamore Video, a student-run news program and interview show for digital and interactive media 
  • WISU-FM, a 13,500-watt stereo radio station 
  • Syc Creations, a digital creative design group that does web and graphic design, social media, web development, video production, and motion graphics 
  • Indiana State Sports Network 
  • The Indiana Statesman student newspaper 
  • The Sycamore student yearbook 
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