Communication, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Communication is the principle component of the human experience. With the expansion of globalization and the digital market, students must be able to communicate effectively on various platforms with diverse audiences. A degree in communication prepares students to navigate through such a complex world.

Indiana Tech’s communication program offers three tracks: Journalism & Broadcasting, Public Relations and Sports Media. Through online and face-to-face classes, students acquire a foundation of communication theories and principles with practical application by utilizing the Smaardyk Center Multimedia Studio as well as video recording and editing equipment. With hands-on experience in and out of the classroom, students in the communication program network with classmates, professors and industry professionals in order to pursue a successful career after graduation.

Why choose Indiana Tech?

  • If your future is in broadcasting, our Smaardyk Multimedia Production Studio will help you hone your skills.
  • Online and face-to-face classes are available, allowing flexibility and convenience to complete the degree.
  • Networking opportunities are ample as communication students travel and meet with professionals in the field.
  • Communication students engage in experiential learning opportunities, which include off-campus workshops, internships/jobs with media companies and conference presentations.
  • Indiana Tech fosters an active learning environment, enriched by instructors who work or have worked as broadcast and print media professionals.

Tracks

Journalism and Broadcasting

Students who choose the Journalism and Broadcasting track take classes to prepare them to work in various media fields. These graduates are the media and develop content for diverse mediums, such as websites, videos, print media, images and social media.

Career Fields for Journalism and Broadcasting:

  • Newspaper/Magazine Reporter
  • Newspaper/Magazine Editor
  • TV Broadcaster
  • Radio Broadcaster
  • Shoutcaster
  • Publisher
  • Social Media Manager/Developer
  • Script Writer
  • Digital Content Developer
  • Researcher
Public Relations

Students who choose the Public Relations track take classes to prepare them to represent organizations to the media and public audiences. These graduates interact with the media as a company representative and help boast the company’s image via websites, videos, print, images and social media.

Career Fields for Public Relations:

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Events and Projects Coordinator
  • Development Officer
  • Media Planner/Coordinator
  • Social Media Manager/Developer
  • Brand Manager
  • Crisis Manager
  • Constituent Services Director
  • Marketing and Communication Director
  • Strategic Partnerships Developer
  • Digital Content Developer
Sports Media

Students who choose the Sports Media track take classes that prepare them to work for the sports media or various sports organizations. Graduates can become a sports journalist, developing sports content for websites, videos, print, images and social media. Additionally, these students have the opportunity to work for sports organizations, working as the media representative for that organization. These individuals also help the sports organization connect and engage with the public.

Career Fields for Sports Media:

  • Sports Writer
  • Sports Editor
  • Sports TV Broadcaster
  • Sports Radio Broadcaster
  • Shoutcaster
  • Social Media Manager/Developer
  • Digital Content Developer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Events and Projects Coordinator
  • Media Planner/Coordinator
  • Brand Manager
  • Crisis Manager
  • Marketing and Communication Director

Communication Program Timeline

Explore a student’s progress through the Communication Program Timeline.

Job Outlook

Warriors in the Workplace

Indiana Tech graduates with this degree have earned jobs at:

  • Input-Fort Wayne
  • Journal Gazette
  • Deceptaconz
  • Center for Creative Collaboration
  • Ohio Attorney General

Internship Opportunities

Indiana Tech students pursuing this degree have interned with:

  • Century21
  • Input-Fort Wayne
  • Indiana Tech, baseball
  • Deceptaconz
  • Center for Creative Collaboration

Dr. Alicia Wireman

Program Lead

Dr. Wireman’s background includes experience in print journalism, freelance reporting and digital communication development. In addition to serving as editor-in-chief of the Grand Valley Lanthorn, she developed digital content for various online platforms. She is currently a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Central States Communication Association, the National Communication Association and the Public Relations Society of America. She publishes in peer-reviewed journals that focus on leadership and communication and presents at conferences every year.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership, Indiana Tech
  • Master of Arts in Communication, Purdue University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Grand Valley State University