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Communication Studies majors at IUPUI are among the most well-rounded, educated, and engaged students.  As a Communication Studies major, you will receive a broad-based liberal arts education designed to equip you for life and work in the 21st Century.  Communication Studies graduates have many exciting careers, including Social Media, Health, Sales, Human Resources, Management, Law, Marketing, and Education, among many others. Internships and study abroad opportunities can make you stand out and begin the career that’s right for you.

The Department of Communication Studies teaches students various transferable skills. These transferable skills can be applied in any career and are valued by many employers. We have highlighted seven particular occupations that these skills can apply to and give you a glance of how our undergraduate program can benefit your future.

Public Relations Specialist

Social Worker

Business to Business Sales Representative

Human Resources Specialist

Training and Development Specialist

Fundraisers

Advertising Sales Agent

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If you are not a Communication Studies major, you can enhance your major with a Communication Studies minor or Certificate.

The bachelor's degree in Communication Studies provides instruction in both the theories of human communication and the application of those theories in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal relationships, small group interaction, organizations, cultural interaction, and media. Specific topics students explore include: 

-Debate
-Family Communication
-Film and Video Documentary
-Health Care Provider Communication
-Intercultural Communication
-Organizational Communication
-Public Communication
-Rhetoric

Because we pursue so many diverse interests, there is a place for anyone with a curiosity about communication's effect upon our daily lives and the way we as responsible communicators impact the world around us. Students graduate with talents and knowledge that serves them well in any personal, community, and professional setting. Download PDF

A complete list of Communication Studies courses can be found HERE

Requirements for the major may be found HERE

Undergraduate Minors

Our department offers Minors in Communication Arts, Media Production or Aesthetics, Organizational Communication, Rhetorical Studies, or General Theatre.

If you are thinking of minoring in Communication Studies, please review the requirements by viewing the Minors Requirements Form. After you have completed all of the courses stated, then you may fill out the Minors Certification Form in order to receive your certification. You do not need to declare the minor beforehand. Only after you have completed the coursework, you fill out the certification form.


These are the two forms you will need for your minor:

  • Communication Studies Minors Requirements Form. Download PDF
  • Communication Studies Minors Certification Form. Download PDF This form must be submitted to Professor Ron Sandwina in CA 309 for processing after you have completed all the required coursework. Please see Minors Requirements Form (above) for specific requirements that prepare you for completing the Certification Form.

If you have any questions during the time you are working on your minor, please feel free to contact Professor Ron Sandwina rsandwin@iupui.edu

The Department of Communication Studies offers two certificates:

-Human Communication in a Mediated World (Online Certificate)

-Certificate in Theatre and Performance

Please see the information below.

Human Communication in a Mediated World

The Online Certificate in Human Communication in a Mediated World is offered to traditional and non-traditional students.  The Certificate consists of 18 hours of courses: a required core course (COMM-C316: Human Communication and the Internet) and 5 elective courses selected in consultation with the online advisor (Click on “Course Listing” in the left navigation bar for a complete list of the online classes offered by the Department of Communication studies).  All of the courses in the Certificate are completed entirely online and can be taken from any computer anywhere that supports Canvas, Indiana University’s online environment. While Communication Studies majors are not allowed to complete the Certificate, they are invited to enroll in the online courses offered by the Department to meet their major requirements. The Online Certificate courses are offered during the spring, fall, and summer semesters on a rotating basis, making it possible to complete the certificate during the summer sessions.

This Certificate is a response to the growing necessity for humans to learn to interact more effectively in a world where people frequently move in and out of traditional face-to-face and mediated communication situations. Our face-to-face communication is altered because of our mediated experiences, which are now an integral part of our society.

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Certificate in Theatre and Performance

The Undergraduate Certificate in Theatre and Performance is designed to develop competencies in the analysis, creation, and production of performance with a particular focus on small group and solo performance in the urban context. Students will be exposed to numerous cultural and theoretical perspectives from which to engage current scholarship in the field of Theatre and Performance. 

Students will develop skills in many aspects of Theatre and Performance including oral interpretation, acting, directing, script analysis, educational theatre, literary analysis, creative production, arts management, and professional and community theatre with special emphasis on solo and small group performance. Students will accomplish this by being exposed to a broad interdisciplinary background in the field of Theatre and Performance and the role performance serves in society. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with artists and practitioners in the Indianapolis Arts community. 


What does the Certificate consist of? The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Theatre and Performance consists of 18 credit hours of course work, including a required Theatre and Performance Core of two basic courses (6 hours), and a choice of three additional courses from a list of Theatre and Performance Electives (9 hours), and a three credit hour Independent Creative Project under the direction of the program director. All of these courses must be passed with a grade of C or above in order to count for the certificate.  Electives and an Independent Creative Project proposal must also be approved by the program director.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students who are currently enrolled at IUPUI may be considered for this certificate if they meet the following criteria:
    Have earned 55 credit hours towards their degree at IUPUI and have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Students who have not enrolled at IUPUI may be considered for this certificate if they meet the following criteria: Apply for Undergraduate Admission to IUPUI and specify the Theatre and Performance Certificate as their objective. They must also have 55 credit hours of transferable work and at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • TRANSFER STUDENTS: Only 6 credit hours of Theatre transfer course credit can be applied to this certificate

Want to learn more? Theatre and Performance Certificate Requirements Download PDF for ALL admission and program requirements. Course Descriptions for Theatre Certificate Download PDF for a list of all courses available.


You’ve decided to earn the Certificate. Here’s what you need to do next:

In order to complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Theatre and Performance, you will need to first meet with the director of the program. The form listed below is a checklist you should review prior to your meeting with her.

IUPUI Undergraduate Certificate in Theatre and Performance Checklist


For more information on the Undergraduate Certificate in Theatre and Performance, please contact Jan DeWester, M.A., Director of the Certificate in Theatre and Performance Program:  jdeweste@iupui.edu or (317) 274-2615.

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