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Communication Department

Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Communication

Communication is a field of study in which students investigate many forms and modes of media and the processes and consequences of communication.

This is done through humanistic and social scientific inquiry within and among individuals, groups, organizations, and societies in order to improve the quality of human relationships.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree provides students with skills necessary for success in a wide range of topics including public speaking, mass/new media, public relations, and culture.

Program Highlights

The communication program provides students with an opportunity to investigate communication processes as they occur within and among individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. Students analyze the human communication process, develop communication skills, and learn how to facilitate the communication of others.

Students have many opportunities to put their communication skills to work in professional settings, including the campus radio and web streaming program, internships with Chicago and Northwest Indiana media stations, and professional film production through local venues. The department also sponsors a community-based speech forum, a practicum experience with West Side Theatre Guild in Gary, IN, High School RedHawk Debate Tournament, and Communication Week Activities.

Career Opportunities

A degree in communication prepares graduates for careers in the following areas:

  • Broadcasting Station Manager/Director/Announcer
  • Communication Researcher
  • Community Action Director
  • Public Information Officer
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Manager of Corporate Information
  • Lobbyist
  • Product Script Writer/Audiovisual Editor
  • Public Relations Director/Specialist
  • Speech Writer
  • Media Sales Representative
  • Advertising Manager/Sales Coordinator

For More Information

Browse the links listed above or download the Departmental Information Sheet for Communications to learn about degree and course requirements, student clubs and activities, and more. 

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Communications at IU Northwest!

Office Hours

Monday‑Friday: 8:00 ‑ 5:00

Fax Number

(219) 980‑6579

Department Chair

Bonita Neff
(219) 980‑6998


Debi Qualls
(219) 980‑6781

Mailing Address

IU Northwest
Department of Communication
Arts & Sciences 2023
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408