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Explore the theoretical foundations of effective communication and empower yourself to become a skillful communicator with our bachelor’s degree in communication studies. Your course of study will be hands-on, filled with practical assignments and internships, and taught by outstanding faculty in small class sizes. You can choose from concentrations in public, interpersonal, or organizational communication—each preparing you for graduate studies or a rewarding career in business, government, politics, public affairs, nonprofits, or the media.

The opportunity to speak larger platforms as part of the Speech Team will help me become more comfortable sharing important messages with others.

Jordyn Blythe
Communication Studies (and Political Science) Major

Major Requirements

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Our speech and debate teams routinely win national competitions and give you the chance to build your skills outside the traditional classroom setting. We also have Comm Club and a chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta national honor society. Learn more.

All communication studies undergraduate majors must take 21 credits of departmental core courses, including argumentation; human communication; intercultural communication; persuasion; presentational communication; and communication theory. You also must complete COMM 201 during your first semester in the department. From there, you will pick one of three concentrations in public, interpersonal, or organizational communication.



Departmental Core Classes

  • Exploration of Communication Studies
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Introduction to Human Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Persuasion


Interpersonal Communication

Even in an increasingly impersonal digital age, interpersonal communication remains more essential than ever to help businesses and organizations run effectively. Our concentration in this area helps you understand what makes communication effective in personal relationships as well as in small groups and explores such topics as relationship development, nonverbal communication, and conflict resolution.

In addition to the 21 credits of core courses required of all communication studies majors, you will take another 30 credits of coursework specific to this area.

Example Coursework

  • Small Group Decision Making
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Communication and Health
  • Conflict Management

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Great businesses thrive on great communication, but it takes highly skilled professional communicators to get everyone on the same page. With our concentration in organizational communication, you will learn to apply communication theory to the practical world of business.

In addition to the 21 credits of core courses required of all communication studies majors, you will take another 30 credits of coursework specific to this area.

Example Coursework

  • Organizational Communication
  • Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication
  • Applied Organizational Communication
  • Human Communication Inquiry

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Our concentration in public communication provides outstanding training for bachelor’s degree students in the art of connecting with an audience through oratory. Our intensive and engaging course of study will take you through persuasion theory, how campaign communication works, and how to effectively use language in public speaking.

In addition to the 21 credits of core courses required of all communication studies majors, you will take at least 27 credits of coursework specific to this area. You can also choose six hours of coursework from other departments, including English, political science, history, philosophy, and sociology.

Example Coursework

  • Communication and Democracy
  • Communication and Popular Culture
  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Speechwriting

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Communication Studies?

Every organization—from charitable nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies to state and local governments—need effective communicators. As a graduate in communications studies, you will enjoy a diverse range of job opportunities in business, government, politics, corporations, public affairs, nonprofits, or media. Recent Communication Studies alumni have obtained positions as a(n):

  • account manager
  • fundraiser
  • hospitality manager
  • human resource representative
  • leasing consultant
  • recruiting supervisor
  • sales and event manager
  • public relations specialist
  • social media director
  • writer/author

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Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of scholarships and other financial aid options Ball State offers its students, the Department of Communication Studies has several scholarships for its own students. See our scholarships.

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