Communication Degree

Communication Degrees

Maybe you want to learn how to command an audience’s attention as you present research, or maybe your passion lies in enhancing communication between departments in a corporation. With a communication degree from Indiana University Kokomo, you’ll prepare for your future social and professional life by learning to connect, network, and build relationships. Our program is a broad-based liberal arts program which means, you’ll have lots of freedom to choose courses that pique your interests as you study the nature, processes, and effects of messages.

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Communication Degree Transcript – July 2021

An aerial shot of New York City is seen on a smartphone sitting on a desk. A voice is heard as the video zooms into the smartphone and then you see the face of the voice, Sydney McIlrath on camera.

A series of interviews follow about Communication Arts at Indiana University Kokomo takes place.

Alumna Sydney McIlrath sits on campus with the Main Building behind her as she speaks.

Sydney McIlrath (SM): The trip to New York City definitely changed my life.

Isaac Beechy sits on campus with Hunt Hall behind him as he speaks.

Isaac Beechy (IB): We did a ton of fun things like going to a Broadway show. We did the 911 museum.

Sydney McIlrath continues:

SM: Probably going to NBC studios. We even went to the Nasdaq and talked to some people there who had communications degrees. We got to see the behind the scenes of a lot of things. And it was like “someone with a communications degree does this?” and you're like… “okay!”

Chris Darr, Professor of Communication Arts, speaks on campus with the quad behind him.

Chris Darr, Professor of Communication Arts (CD): They had a good time, but they also learned a lot about what their career might look like. So, our students go into careers like public relations, social media management, sales, journalism, etc. And they actually do the work while they're here. 

Asya Randolph speaks with Hunt Hall sitting behind her.

Asya Randolph (AR): As far as the communications program, I don't feel like it gets the light that it deserves. On the outside looking in before I got into the program, I probably would have thought the same thing like how hard is it to communicate? There was a class that I took, research methods, that blew my mind, like what goes into research!

Isaac Beechy sits on campus with Hunt Hall behind him as he speaks.

IB: One thing that did attract me IU Kokomo was the small classrooms. Going to Eastern High School, I always had small classrooms and I did well in that environment and I didn't want to change it up.

Sydney McIlrath sits on campus with the Main Building behind her as she speaks.

SM: After that trip I was like, “you can take this degree anywhere!” You can do so many different things with it. 

Chris Darr, Professor of Communication Arts, speaks on campus with the quad behind him.

CD: Because you're going to learn job skills that are in high demand. You're going to be prepared for a job market that wants people who are good communicators, can solve problems, can work well with others… you're going to learn all those things here. 95 percent of students who get communication degrees are working in their field within two years.

Brandon Bishop, Market Director, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Kokomo, IN speaks in the Coca-Cola warehouse.

Brandon Bishop, Market Director, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Kokomo, IN: We look for candidates with strong communication skills, so having that strong communications background starting in the workplace… home run! The experience that they gain talking to professionals, doing mock interviews, you know, mock pitches that they do at IUK, that I've been a part of as well, that just gives them more experience to come in on day one at the workplace and hit the ground running.

Being an outsider looking at somebody that has a communications degree, like immediately I'm gonna look at, you know, that industry is, you know, probably news, you know, some kind of media right? You know whether it be radio television, whatever the case may be, but I mean communication is in every single industry.

And you know we were talking about, you know, a new hire like that just… that just takes you from day one to week six on the onboarding and you can actually start getting into what your job really is.  

Sydney McIlrath sits on campus with the Main Building behind her as she speaks.

SM: You can really do anything, you can go anywhere, you can do whatever you want like if you put your mind to it, you've got it

The screen cuts to an aerial video of New York City as the text “Come learn more about where a communication arts degree can take you! Visit.iuk.edu” appears on the screen.

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Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Communication will have a broad knowledge of communication in a variety of written and oral formats within the academic discipline and related professions. The Bachelor of Arts differs from the Bachelor of Science by incorporating a broader focus in the liberal arts and by providing more freedom in course selection.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Communication will have a broad knowledge of communication in a variety of written and oral formats within the academic discipline and related professions. The Bachelor of Science differs from the Bachelor of Arts by adding more coursework in the discipline. It will also require students to take a related minor.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

Assessment information for this degree is available from our Assessment landing page.

Communication Concentrations

Communication is a broad field of study. If you are interested in a particular aspect of communication, you can narrow your focus by choosing a concentration. This also allows you to customize and tailor your course of study to fit your interests and future aspirations! You can choose from the following concentrations:

The public communication concentration focuses on developing students’ presentational skills and is designed to prepare students for careers in business, government, marketing, sales, advertising, speech writing, and other careers in which oral and written communication skills are essential. Courses include Argumentation and Debate and Political Communication.

The journalism concentration develops students’ writing, editing, layout and video/photography skills. Students will learn the journalism basics of reporting and editing. Students are encouraged to combine their understanding of core skills in the profession with online media and their own unique interests to better prepare them for a market which demands great breadth and sensitivity to the intersections between social issues, human nature, and technology. Courses include Reporting, Writing and Editing, and Social Media Campaigns.

The public relations/corporate communication concentration prepares students to strategically manage communication resources for both profit and nonprofit organizations. Coursework prepares students to enhance a corporation’s image and reputation, monitor and resolve its issues, and influence relevant attitudes and opinions, in efforts to adapt the organization to its environment and the environment to the organization. Courses include Public Relations Writing and Public Relations Campaigns.

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