Online Learning

By studying this web page, you can find out if online learning is right for you and your learning style. There also is a description of the online courses offered by the Department of Communication Studies. In addition, you can find information about the Online Certificate in Human Communication in a Mediated World that is offered by the Department. Finally, we’ve provided a list of “Online Resources” that you may find useful as an online learner.

Beth GoeringFor further information about the Online Certificate or online courses offered by the Department, please contact Beth Goering by telephone at 317-278-3136 or by email at


Discover If Online Courses Are Right for You

Online courses suffer from the stereotype of being "easier" because they don’t require much, if any, class time, and they are "convenient" for a busy life style. The truth is quite the opposite. Online courses are very rigorous, intense, and place the responsibility for learning squarely in the lap of the learner. Generally speaking, you will be engaging in more writing, communicating, and group work in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course. You may have to read the entire textbook to learn the fundamentals that may have been provided for you in a traditional lecture situation. You may be interacting with your classmates and your teacher more often than in a face-to-face class. You may be required to use new media tools and express yourself in new ways. These are some of the trade-offs for the convenience and lack of face-to-face class time.

If you are a highly motivated, disciplined, independent learner, chances are that online learning will be a wonderful learning experience for you. However, if you tend to procrastinate or your life is very busy and you are not able to dedicate adequate time to your class work, online classes may not be the best choice for you.

This page provides information aobut what online courses are like, what skills you might need to successfully complete an online course, the characteristics of computer-mediated communication, and some of the technical requirements and computer skills you should have to succeed in online classes. If you have any other questions about your ability to learn in a web environment, please contact the appropriate course contact (see course listing for contact information) or Beth Goering, the Director of Online Learning.


Major Differences Between Online and Face-To-Face Communication Courses

The learning objectives of online courses offered by the Department of Communication Studies are similar to, if not the same as, the face-to-face versions of those courses. However, because the method of delivering content and the method of human interaction is redefined in an online environment, the student may not experience learning in just exactly the same way. Examples of some major differences may be experienced in the following areas:

  • INTERPERSONAL INTERACTION: Classes that normally use face-to-face discussion groups in a traditional classroom setting may use modified virtual group interaction and group work in an online setting. If group discussion is used online, the method of interaction will be text-based and the student will experience a computer-mediated type of interpersonal communication that has different characteristics (see link to Understanding Characteristics of CMC) than interpersonal communication in a face-to-face setting. Even though one of the over-arching objectives of the Online Certificate is to provide the student with the opportunity to become proficient communicators in an online environment, students should consider whether they would benefit more from traditional face-face interaction in their program of study.
  • WRITTEN COMMUNICATION CONVENTIONS: Because the primary way students communicate with instructors and with each other is text-based, there may be more writing in our online courses. Students should be sure of the preferred writing conventions that are acceptable for interpersonal communication and homework assignments in the online environment. Students must have excellent college-level writing skills to succeed in our online communication courses.
  • RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEARNING: In our online courses the responsibility for learning lies squarely in the lap of the student. The role of the student includes being self-motivated 1) to purposefully interact with the learning environment and opportunities it allows and 2) to interact with the program of study, students, and the teacher in an ethical, thoughtful, pro-active, and timely fashion. In online courses your teacher becomes more of a coach or facilitator. You must be self-disciplined enough to move forward and get the job done without teacher-initiated prodding or intervention.
  • TECHNICAL SAVVY: You may be asked to use software or interact in technical environments that are not familiar to you. You should investigate the syllabus of each course carefully to discover the technical requirements that may exist beyond simple email messaging and submission of attachments.


Develop Characteristics of Successful Online Learners

Since learning through computer mediation at a distance is different than learning in a traditional real time classroom, students with the following characteristics and attitudes tend to learn more successfully and effectively in our online courses. Successful online learners are students who:

  • take more responsibility for their own learning
  • have a multi-modal learning style
  • have a great deal of self-motivation and self-discipline and who do not procrastinate
  • have good writing skills
  • realize that just because an online course is more convenient does not mean that it is easier
  • can read and follow instructions
  • have developed successful time-management skills, strong study habits, check Canvas every day, commit to 4-15 hours per week, per course, and complete assignments by the deadline
  • enjoy and do well in the areas of critical thinking and decision-making
  • pay attention to details
  • are technologically savvy; who have access to good computer equipment and have back-up plans in case the technology fails
  • immediately ask questions if there is a problem, a concern, a misunderstanding
  • participate appropriately in online social opportunities
  • are polite and respectful of others online
  • can work well with others online
  • use electronic communication effectively

Students who possess many of these skills tend to have excellent online learning experiences. If you don’t have all of them, don’t worry! If you are self-motivated and disciplined, you have the most important ones! You can learn many of the rest of these skills as you go.

Students who can use electronic, text-based communication effectively will experience more success than those who do not. 

Equipment and Software Requirements

Most of the tools used in our online courses can be accessed through the technology built into relatively recent computer equipment. However, if you want to know the recommended computer specifications for use in our courses, please go to the University Information Technololgy Services (UITS) webpage and check out their “Getting Started Guide for Students.”  You may want to ask your instructor if any special software is required.

It is helpful if students have the following basic computer skills in order to be successful in our online courses. These skills include but are not limited to:

  • Performing an online search through University Library or with a search engine such as Google
  • Accessing and sending email
  • Sending and receiving attachments
  • Navigating and using Canvas (the IUPUI course management system where your course will be housed)

From the standpoint of our communication class, here are the most important things to consider as you start out:

  1. Please READ everything sequentially. Don’t skip around. Read the syllabus. Read every link in the syllabus. Read the schedule, read every link in the schedule. If you do this, it will decrease the amount of questions you may have. You are responsible for all this information and the policies contained therein.
  2. PREPARE AHEAD for the assignment deadlines. Managing your time around these deadlines will increase your chances of satisfying the learning objectives of the course. Our desire is to see you do well and succeed in the class. Your instructor has scheduled the learning experiences in the course in a way that will help you achieve academic success. However, much of the success depends on your tenacity and determination to succeed. Due to the intense nature of these courses, we hope that you encumber enough personal time to get done what needs to be done.
  3. You should have the ability to create and name file documents and send them as attachments
  4. We are firm in our determination to help you succeed in this environment. So please do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

Course Listing

The online courses offered by the Department of Communication Studies may be partially or completely online. Courses that are partially online have some required synchronous or face-to-face class meetings. You should check with the instructor or read the course information below to find out when and how many face-to-face meetings are required. Courses completely online require no formal face-to-face meetings but may require some face-to-face student group work. Certificate courses are taught completely online. 

The courses below are taught partially online.

R110. Fundamentals of Speech Communication - This course is the online version of the general education/core requirement for the University. This course is available entirely online; however, there are several required, synchronous meetings for both workshops and speech deliveries. Students complete five speech deliveries, online discussions, quizzes and an exam, and more. The course uses the same text as the face-to-face course. More writing and homework assignments are embedded in this version of R110, and it is up to each student to ensure access to microphone, camera, and other items needed for class meetings, recordings, etc. This course is not part of the Online Certificate.  Chris Fox, Coordinator for Online R110: contact

G100.  Introduction to Communication Studies - This course is intended as an introduction to the study of communication and, more specifically, as an introduction to the curriculum in the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI. The course was developed for students who are majoring in Communication Studies and is a required course in the major core.  The online version of this course requires attendance at four face-to-face meetings throughout the semester. This course is not part of the Online Certificate.  Dr. Beth Goering, Instructor: contact


The courses below are taught completely online.

C108. Listening - This class will: 1) provide you with a theory-based understanding of the process of listening, 2) introduce you to the unique characteristics and challenges of listening within a variety of contexts, including listening in a mediated world, and 3) help you increase your proficiency as a listener. Students keep a “listening blog”, write papers analyzing the listening behavior of themselves and others, participate in forum discussions about listening, and complete a group project in which they design a listening workshop for a particular audience. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Dr. Beth Goering, Instructor: contact

C180. Interpersonal Communication - You cannot not communicate.  Everything you say and do sends a message.  In C180: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication-Online, we will examine the ways in which our communication behaviors shape our relationships. Each week, you will complete readings and assignments with two main goals. First, you'll examine theories and concepts to help you understand why and how we communicate. Secondly, through reflection and peer engagement you will experience those theories in action. The course covers a variety of topics including self-disclosure, symbolic interaction, and the perception process. In particular, this section of the course will allow you to experience interpersonal communication in an online environment. Ultimately, the course will help you become a more effective communicator. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Charles Reyes, instructor: contact

 C223. Business and Professional Communication - This is a 3-credit course designed to introduce students to the study of communication within business and professional organizations. The focus of this course is on preparation for communication events including interviews, speeches, and oral reports appropriate to business and professional organizations. Students will also engage in online group discussions using synchronous and asynchronous methods.  This is an intermediate level course. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Steve Overbey, instructor: contact

C228. Discussion and Group Methods – Small groups are an unavoidable part of our work and social lives, and the ability to communicate effectively in small groups consistently has been identified as a key factor in predicting an individual's "success." This course is designed to help you improve your skills as a communicator in small groups as it provides you with a solid theoretical understanding of how groups function. The online version of this course focuses particularly on the ways in which groups communicate within the context of emerging communication technologies. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Dr. Beth Goering, instructor: contact

C316. Human Communication and the Internet - This is a 3-credit core required course for the online certificate in Communication Studies. It is designed to enable students to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of communicating in mediated environments as they learn in that environment. The goal of the course is to pull together the skills, theories, and ideas experienced during the certificate courses to help students become more competent in choosing and using appropriate communication strategies for specific messages and situations. This course is also open to non-certificate students who have taken R110, C180, M150, or any basic communication course. The assignments in this class range from intermediate to advanced.  Dr. Beth Goering, instructor: contact

C325. Interviewing Principles and Practices P: R110 or equivalent -  Emphasizes verbal and nonverbal communication in pre-interview background research preparation, interview schedule design, question construction, career preparation, and post-interview self-analysis in several interviewing contexts such as email and other electronic forms of communication. Course includes significant assignments designed to help the student enhance oral performance competencies within an interview setting. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Mike Polites, instructor: contact

C345. Restorative Communication P: COMM C180 - The course focuses on healing communication -- healing individuals and relationships.  Specific topics include healing communication basics, family, couple, group (e.g. support groups) and community healing (restorative justice; peace building).  There is a focus on research, theory and practice.  Some assignments involve community participation. This course is not part of the Online Certificate.  Dr. Linda G. Bell, instructor: contact

C380. Organizational Communication - Organizations are an unavoidable part of the human experience. We work in, are educated in, are governed by, and often socialize in organizations. Just take a minute to think of all the organizations with which and in which you interact on a regular basis. The number you are able to generate in just a few minutes may surprise you. This class will focus on the communication processes that constitute and characterize human organizations. This course explores communication designs, superior/subordinate communication, conflict, information management, networks, communication relative to employee motivation, satisfaction, productivity and effectiveness. It is my hope that as you develop an understanding of organizational communication, you will simultaneously develop competencies that will be useful to you as you interact with and in the organizations that are part of your life. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Dr. Kim White-Mills, instructor: contact

C392.  Health Communication - This course introduces diverse approaches to health communication. Serving as an introduction to health communication, students will learn health communication in a variety of health contexts, ranging from interpersonal communication to public health campaigns. We examine theoretical and conceptual backgrounds in health communication and evaluate examples of health communication practices. Students will create a health intervention message by targeting a specific group of the audience. Dr. Young Ju Shin, instructor: contact

C394. Communication and Conflict - This course analyzes conflict as a unique type of communication between two or more people. Both face-to-face and computer mediated means of working through conflict are examined in a variety of contexts including relational, marital, work groups, and organizations. Topics include different perspectives and approaches to the study of conflict, power, face-saving, climate, and mediation. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Dr. Ron Sandwina, instructor: contact

C395. Gender and Communication - Gender and communication is a course in which you will examine the meaning of gender in our culture and its interaction with the relationship to communication. Gender includes not just femininity, feminism, or "women's issues," but men and masculinity. In addition, gender is something perceived as a barrier to effective communication between women and men. We will consider questions such as: What is gender? How do people become gendered? How do individuals express their gender in both fact-to-face and online contexts? What are some of the cultural and political implications of our current gender systems? We'll explore multiple ways communication in families relationships, schools, the workplace, religious institutions, politics, organizations, and society in general create and perpetuate gender roles, considering how gender is displayed and maintained through our verbal, nonverbal, and online interactions. We'll consider how we enact socially created gender differences in public and private settings and how this affects success, satisfaction, and self-esteem. Finally, we will explore gender and the media, focusing on questions such as: How do media influence our experiences of gender? How have feminisms(s) and men's movements affected representations of women and men on television and in advertisements? Perhaps most importantly, we'll connect theory and research to our personal lives. Your experiences, insights, questions, and ideas are a key part of this course. Dr.Kristy Sheeler, Instructor: contact

C482. Intercultural Communication - We live in an age where technological, political, and economic factors have come together to create a world in which people from different cultures interact with one another on a regular basis. To function in this ever-changing world, we each need to develop the ability to communicate effectively with people whose beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors are totally different from ours. In this course, we will explore the relationship between communication and culture. Specifically, we will examine three aspects of this relationship: 1) We will explore the ways in which one culture's perceptions of another are shaped through interaction, 2) we will discover the ways in which "culture" is created through communication, and 3) we will discuss the ways in which culture constrains or shapes communication processes generally and in specific contexts, including educational, business, and health care. In the online course, particular attention is paid to the ways in which intercultural communication in each of these contexts is affected by emerging communication technologies. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Dr. Beth Goering, instructor: contact

M150. Media and Society - A critical overview of the role of electronic mass media in contemporary society. Provides an introduction to such issues as industry structure, organization, and economics; regulation, public interest, and media ethics; impact of programming on individuals; media construction of social institutions; media issues in the global village. Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Dr. Kristine Karnick, instructor: contact

M210. Media Message Design Media Message Design provides theories and concepts essential for careful consumption of media messages. The course aims to help you critique and understand the design of messages. In particular, we will focus on digital, computer-mediated messages, which increasingly dominate our public and private lives (i.e., personal, professional, education, romance). This is NOT a class on the skills and technologies needed to make fancy media messages. However, a strong interpretive, analytical, and critical understanding of communication will result in skilled, wise, and responsible message producers. This course will provide you with an understanding of rhetoric in the realm of digital communication and culture. The course will emphasize how rhetorical concepts (originally designed to guide the creation of and evaluate the effectiveness of speeches and literature) provide an excellent framework for understanding and analyzing digital media. The goal is to equip you with new ways of thinking about, critiquing, and consuming digital media (i.e. Web 2.0, social media, and smartphones). Only the online version of this class counts towards the Online Certificate.  Instructor Dr. Jonathan Rossing: contact.

M215. Media Literacy - We spend a considerable amount of our time — over seven hours per day on average — connected to and in contact with the electronic media. Yet television, cinema, photography, the web, etc. do not simply reflect the world in a direct, automatic way. Rather, these media construct representations of the world based on complex sets of conventions. For us, these conventions are so familiar that it is difficult to notice them. This course provides tools for students to systematically describe, analyze, and evaluate the content transmitted through the electronic media. We can recognize inaccuracies, deceptions and manipulations by the mass media. We can gain critical distance, and an independence from the pervasive influence of the media. In short, we can become more discriminating, critical viewers, listeners, users, and in some cases producers, of media. Dr. Kristine Karnick, Instructor: contact

M370  History of Television - A critical investigation of the history of television and of broadcasting more generally, from their beginnings in the 19th century imagination to their current status as dominant information and entertainment media in America.  The majority of this course will focus on the period from 1870 (where the rise of mass culture leads to mass communication) until cable and developing technologies transform broadcasting in about 1985.  For students interested in how television operates, and how it developed to be a dominant communication technology of our time, this course will provide a background into the events surrounding its emergence and maintenance as both an industry and a cultural form. Dr. Kristine Karnick, Instructor: contact

R310. Rhetoric, Society and Culture - This is a course about ideas-the history of ideas about rhetoric, the study of persuasion in public forums. In this course, you will be asked to examine ideas from some of the greatest thinkers in Western culture and to analyze, comment on, and apply those ideas to contemporary American society using the online discussion forum tool and a writing portfolio. Since the time of Aristotle in the 5th century B. C. E., rhetoric has been a concern of scholars and lay people alike. In contemporary society, persuasion plays a critical role in everything from making career choices, to selecting the softest bathroom tissue brand. Every day we are bombarded with persuasive messages from friends, family members, professors, bosses, journalists, musicians, and political and religious leaders. Many communication scholars suggest that all communication is some form of persuasion and that all rhetoric, therefore, is a form of public persuasion. Despite the prevalence and significance of persuasion in both our personal and professional lives, many people know little about the persuasion process. It is the goal of this course to explore the persuasion process by examining the historical development of rhetorical theory and practice in the Western world, and by studying and applying rhetorical concepts in contemporary culture to our everyday lives. Dr. Catherine Dobris, instructor: contact

R321. Persuasion - The study of persuasion is one of the oldest sub-areas in communication; it has been a mainstay in fields such as social psychology, advertising and marketing (product promotion and consumer behavior), political science (voter studies, political socialization, propaganda), and many more. This diversity of interest in persuasion signifies the pervasiveness, importance, and complexity of persuasive phenomena. R321 is concerned with persuasion in its broadest sense, how it affects our lives everyday and how we can find evidence of persuasive tactics in unexpected places. Students are given the opportunity to examine and apply persuasion variables in contexts such as campaigns, social movements, news, music and advertising. Because persuasion occurs in so many places that we will not limit its study to public speeches. Students will have the opportunity to explore persuasion in its fullest sense, as it influences human behavior. Students will have the opportunity to critically and carefully evaluate persuasive messages and understand the basis of their appeals. The most important thing is that students will have the opportunity to become more critical consumers and effective, ethical producers of communication in its oral, written, and mediated forms. Dr. Kristy Sheeler, instructor: contact

R350. Feminist Rhetoric - In this course, students will examine the ideological development of American feminist rhetoric within the historical context of the last three centuries. Focusing on public address from the sixteenth century to the present, this course will begin with an examination of speeches by well known, so-called "Great Women." A second major thrust of the course will include the examination of non-traditional rhetorical forms of so-called "ordinary women," including costume design, architecture, diaries, fiction, photography, reading groups, and other kinds of women's communication that, until recently, were not generally considered under the rubic of "public address." In the last third of the course, the intersections between and among race, class, ethnicity, sexual preference and gender, will serve to shape and illuminate discussions of women's issues. This course is not part of the Online Certificate.  Dr. Catherine Dobris, instructor:contact

T337. History of the Theatre I - Significant factors in primary periods of theatre history through the Renaissance and the effect on contemporary theatre; emphasis on trends and developments; review of representative plays of each period to illustrate the theatrical use of dramatic literature.  This class is not part of the Online Certificate. Jan DeWester, instructor: contact

T338. History of the Theatre II - Continuation of T337 covering primary periods from the Restoration through to contemporary theatre.  This class is not part of the Online Certificate. Jan DeWester, instructor: contact

Online Certificate



Think about adding the totally online certificate, Human Communication in a Mediated World, to your qualifications.

Oral and written communication are ranked among the top four applied skills companies say they need in new job entrants. Since mediated communication is a combination of both skills, employers are very interested in people who can communicate or design messages for specific audiences by using a combination of face-to-face and mediated communication strategies, making this Online Certificate a valuable complement to many programs of study, including business, marketing, tourism, psychology, sociology, health care, and general studies. 

Certificate Description: 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.

The general objectives unique to this Certificate are:

  • Students will be able to understand and apply traditional and mediated communication theories appropriately and effectively in organizational, intercultural, inter-personal, persuasive, and mass media communication contexts.
  • Students will be able to examine, understand and apply appropriate communication tools, processes and strategies in computer-mediated environments.

The specific outcome unique to this Certificate is that students will be able to analyze and evaluate the impact of the mediated environment on the communication choices at hand. Embedded in the curriculum is the unique experience through which students will be able to navigate and consider critically the decisions they make when communicating within a mediated environment as they learn in that environment. Students will be able to better consider the impact of that environment on traditional, face-to-face communication situations, strategies, relationships and interactions..


Applying for the Online Certificate:  To be eligible for admission to this certificate program, students must secure regular admission to the university as a degree or non-degree seeking student. An online application as well as more information about admission requirements can be found at In addition to regular IUPUI admission requirements, students must also satisfy the following:

  • Provide evidence of successful completion of a pre-requisite communication course such as introductory speech (such as COMM-R 110).
  • Provide evidence of a GPA of 2.0 or above


Criteria for earning a Certificate:

  • 18 hours of Certificate courses completed online (COMM-C316 + 5 elective courses selected in consultation with the online advisor)
  • Grades of "C" or higher in each course
  • Overall GPA of no less than 2.0

To apply for the Online Certificate click here. 

For further information about the Online Certificate, contact Beth Goering (Tel. 317-278-3136).

Online Resources and Questions

How To Sign Up For An Online Course

The process for signing up for an online course is the same as for any other course. Make sure the section is designated as WEB, when you choose your section.

If you are interested in the Online Certificate: Human Communication in a Mediated World, please contact Beth Goering for advising and course planning. For further information about the Certificate or to apply for the Certificate, click on Online Certificate in the navigation bar to the left.

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Advising for the Online Certificate and other Communication Studies online courses: 
If you are interested in an online course in Communication Studies or you want to complete the Communication Studies Online Certificate, contact the Director of Online Teaching and Learning, Beth Goering.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to be admitted to the University to earn the Online Certificate: Human Communication in a Mediated World? Yes. You may be a degree-seeking student or a non-degree seeking student. 

2. How do I get a network ID and password and email account? Go to: and click on Accounts and Passphrases. Or, go to a public lab and ask for help from a consultant. Or, call the HELP-desk at 317-274-HELP. 

3. Why do I have to see an advisor? It is easy to get lost on a college campus, especially a commuter college like IUPUI. One of the most important things for any and all students to do is to link up with an advisor, or a faculty member who will get to know you and be able to help you plan your coursework and see to it that you graduate when you want to. If you are a student who wishes to earn the Human Communication in a Mediated World certificate, you will need to contact the advisor for the Online Certificate, Beth Goering.  You may email her at, or you may contact her by phone at 317-278-3136.

4. Are online courses easier than regular face-to-face college courses?

Online courses are never easier. They require that the student be a motivated, disciplined learner who does not procrastinate. Please read "What are online courses like" under Discover If Online Courses are for You in the left hand navigation bar of this website.

5. How do I know if I will be a good online learner?

Unless you have taken an online course before, you may not know. Read "Needed Skills for Online Learning" under Discover If Online Courses are for You in the left hand navigation bar of this website.

6. Can I receive financial aid to take these courses?

Check with the Financial Aid office for an accurate answer.

7. What happens if my computer crashes or dies while I am taking online courses?

You should always back up your work in IU Box, on a storage device, or on another server.

You should have a back-up plan to submit your homework to your teacher (such as fax).

You should always inform your instructor if you have technical problems at the exact time you experience them. Use the phone and document your problems on your instructor’s voice mail if necessary.

If you have a problem accessing IUPUI sites, such as Canvas, call the HELP desk (274-HELP).

8. Can Communication Studies majors earn the Online Certificate?

Communication Studies cannot earn the Online Certificate in Human Communication in a Mediated World.  However, majors are welcome to take the online courses and include them in their major requirements.

9. Are there special Library services for distance learners?

The remote user is a major focus of the University Library’s mission. The University Library attempts to provide remote access to all licensed digital databases. There are very few exceptions. Also, many of the library’s services are available through the Internet on the University Library Web site, e.g., inter-library loan request forms, delivery of electronic documents, electronic reserves, and renewals. A number of materials are being digitized for remote access, e.g., slide collections: Herron Art Image Library (IUPUI Internet connection required); John C. Tacoma Mushroom Slide Collection.

10. What other programs or classes are online at IUPUI?

See  for more information about the online offerings at IUPUI.