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Communication, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gary, IN, United States
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.
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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

  • Community Action Director
  • Public Information Officer
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Manager of Corporate Information
  • Lobbyist
  • Speech Writer
  • Media Sales Representative
  • Advertising Manager/Sales Coordinator

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Culture and Mass Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication as Performance
  • Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • Independent Study in Speech Communication
  • Sr. Seminar in Speech
  • Human Communication Theory
  • Topics in Performance Studies and Cultural Communication
  • Empirical Research Methods in Speech Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Writing for Mass Media
  • Business and Professional Speaking
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Gender and Communication

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

The Office of Admissions does not handle admission to graduate programs. Studentsshould be referred to the appropriate academic department or the University GraduateSchool.

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

IU has competitive admission requirements; while reviewing an application,

It is important to stress that IU looks at a combination of factors when making admission decisions.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

Freshman Standards

  • Middle 50% for admitted students for fall 2013:
  • 3.45-4.0 GPA
  • 1110-1290 SAT (critical reading/math only)
  • 25-30 ACT (composite)

Additional Factors

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation

Standardized Tests

  • SAT or ACT are required.
  • There is no minimum score for admission to IU.
  • IU super scores* both SAT and ACT.
  • High scores mean scholarship, honors, and direct admission opportunities

International Students

International Admissions - Requirements and Standards

IU has over 5,000 international students on campus, representing more than 130

countries. An international student is any student who does not hold U.S. citizenship

or immigrant/permanent resident status in the United States.

For more information about International Admissions process and standards, have

the students contact the Office of International Services

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34116 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17058 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    9340 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4670 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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