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Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies


Comm Week 2017

Monday, September 11

 

12:00PM 
Campus Center 406

Communication Faculty “Superheroes” Meet-and-Greet Lunch

1:30PM 
Campus Center 406

Using Intergroup Dialogue to be a Superhero in your Community
Kim White-Mills and Ron Sandwina
Experience an introductory ice-breaker exercise with Intergroup Dialogue professors. Explore your social identity and your power to be an advocate for change in your community through understanding the Intergroup Dialogue process.  Participants will also learn about the Communication Studies courses C282 and C382 and their role in the IGD Certificate. 

Tuesday, September 12

 

10:30AM
Campus Center 306

Girls' Superhero Club Panel
John Ford, Communication Studies Alum
Communication Studies Alum Jon Ford will describe his non-profit organization devoted to the growth and development of girls. Based on his role as a father to two daughters, Jon created this special organization using his communication degree as a foundation.

12:00PM
Campus Center 306

Your Superpowers Around The Globe: Study Abroad
John Parrish-Sprowl and the Office of International Affairs
Learn about the study-abroad course offered through Communication Studies and others through the Office of International Affairs!  You can experience cultural experiences from the 7 continents, Asia to Australia! 

1:30PM
Campus Center 306

Become a Super-Communicator: The Ins and Outs of Grad School
Marianne Mathias and Katharine Head
Earning a graduate degree in Communication Studies comes with many benefits, including great employment opportunities, personal growth as you pursue your interests in more depth, the opportunity to conduct your own independent research, and more.  In this Communication Week 2017 event, we will discuss the ins and outs of grad school: what to consider, how to apply, and what role it can play in your career.  In addition to being able to meet with the Director of Graduate Studies in our department, attendees will get to hear from faculty and current graduate students about our award-winning Master’s program in Communication Studies. 

Wednesday, September 13

10:30AM
Campus Center 309

Be Your Own Superhero: Planning for a Super Career
Jan DeWester and School of Liberal Arts Career Planning Services
From discovering your ideal career fit to preparing a profession resume, discover how the Liberal Arts Career Planning Services can help you prepare for your career.  This session will also highlight careers in which Communication Studies graduates excel.

12:00PM
Campus Center 309

Bang! Splat!  Zap!: Using the Principles of Applied Improvisation to Become a Communication Superhero
Krista Hoffmann-Longtin and Michael Polites
Listening, empathy, and building relationships…all of these skills are important in becoming an effective communicator.  Coincidentally, these are also important characteristics of applied improvisation, an approach that uses the principles and mind-sets developed in comedy, jazz, and theatre for non-theatrical or performance purposes.  This session won’t teach you to be funny—but you will have fun.  Learn how to use these techniques to better equip you to lead a team, persuade others, and increase your communication skills. 

1:30PM
Campus Center 309

Find Your Superhero Leadership Style
Kim White-Mills
Join us to examine a current leadership theory and its’ attendant leadership style assessment!  In this session, you will complete a leadership style assessment in order to uncover your super powers.  After completing the style assessment scale, participants will be provided with an analysis of how to use their super leadership powers in different leadership situations.

Thursday, September 14

10:30AM
Campus Center 406

COMM Research and Projects:  Superheroes' Poster Session
Communication Faculty and Student Work
Find out how communication superheroes address problems and ‘save the world’ through their Research, Coursework, Projects, and Grant work.  Samples of the good work completed by Communication Studies faculty and students will be on display.  Posters will be situated throughout the room for your viewing.   

12:00PM
Campus Center 406

Putting Your Superhero Skills to Work: Internships
Trevor Potts
Alumni and current scholars agree that completing internships are both a wonderful way to learn what it is that you want to do, and to distinguish yourself as a Superhero applicant upon graduation.   In fact, many of our most successful alumni started their careers through internships during college.   In this session, find out the best steps for securing an internship, possibly earning credit for your experience, and learn from current scholars' reflections on their internship experiences in media, public relations, event planning and more!

1:30PM
Campus Center 406

Media Marvels: What Makes a Superhero?
Kristine Karnick
What are today’s movie superheroes telling us about our society, ourselves, and each other?  The message just might be more complex than we think.  Join us for a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary “Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle.”

Saturday, September 16

8:30AM-1PM
Fairbanks Hall

Annual Communication Student, Alumni, and Employer Networking Conference
Mike Polites and Trevor Potts
Student, Alumni, and Employer Networking Conference – This 7th annual event which will be held on Saturday, September 16th from 8:30 a.m. - 1 at Fairbanks Hall, http://www.iupui.edu/buildings/FS will feature the return of some of our proud alumni who will be sharing their stories and answering student’s burning questions!  You will also be able to speak with employers who are hiring for part-time and full-time positions. A catered luncheon will follow where students hear from Rodger Johnson and David Fleischhacker, the 2017 alumni award winners.  As evidenced from these students (and many others) “the conference was a very worthwhile investment of my time,” and “I think all Comm majors should attend this event.”    We look forward to seeing you there! 


This is the place to explore your ideas, find your voice, develop your research skills, and make your future bright. We encourage you to dive into all that we offer! The Department of Communication Studies is one of the largest departments within the School of Liberal Arts. In the Department, you will find rigorous collaborative learning environments, internationally recognized teaching and research faculty, and engaged students.


“I love my major. I love the classes. I love the professors. I made the right decision."

---Grant Bowen, Communication Studies major

Our department offers the following areas of study:


Why Communication Studies?

Because most employers desire an employee with good communication skills, it’s wise to choose Communication Studies as your major. It will open doors to a rich and exciting area of study that will help you develop intellectually and professionally. The more engaged you are in the Department, the better your educational experience at IUPUI will be.