Department of Communication

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The Department of Communication is pleased to announce the addition of two new concentrations:



Why consider a major or a minor in Communication at Purdue North Central?

Communication is an area of study that opens up many doors, yet closes very few. Graduates can be found working in organizations of all shapes and sizes. Classes are relatively small, so the courses are more personal. In addition, the department places great emphasis on service learning, with several courses containing a service learning component. This means that students obtain real world work experience with community organizations meeting community needs at the same time they are fulfilling course objectives. The department also encourages qualified students to pursue internship opportunities.

Communication faculty place an emphasis on real-world applications. In addition to the case studies and in-depth class discussions, students can participate in the Panther News Network, oral interpretation presentations to the public, a variety of exciting service learning opportunities, and internships with important organizations.

Communication involves a broad area of study that may lead to job opportunities in a wide range of fields. Communication majors study the creation, sending, receiving and interpreting of messages in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking. The focus is on the development of critical awareness, analysis and persuasion skills.

Key Skills Developed

  • Public speaking
  • Writing for press releases and promotional materials
  • Developing persuasive strategies
  • Critical thinking
  • Working under deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Ability to gather and process data
  • Researching and organizing reports
  • Leading teams
  • Managing diversity


Related Career Opportunities Across a Range of Industries


In Business:

  • Event Planning Specialist
  • Manager
  • Presenter
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Recruiter
  • Sales Representative
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Training and Development

In TV/Radio/Print Journalism:

  • Actor
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Electronic Publications Specialist
  • Sports Promoter
  • Newswriter
  • Public Relations Writer
  • Reporter
  • Programmer
  • Author

In Government and Law:

  • Campaign Manager
  • Elected Official
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Specialist
  • Speech Writer
  • Planning director
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Youth Worker

In the Nonprofit Sector:

  • Administrator
  • Grant writer
  • Volunteer coordinator


Learn more about what you can do with a communication degree and explore important web links


Contact the Department of Communication

Department of Communication
Purdue University North Central
Technology Building, Room 264
1401 S. U.S. 421
Westville, IN 46391

Dr. Scott Smithson
Department Chair
Phone: (219) 785-5356
Fax: (219) 785-5518

Cindy Christ
Department Secretary
Departments of Communication and English & Modern Languages
TECH 353, Ext. 5202
Fax: 219-785-5518

(219) 785-5253
Toll-Free in Indiana: (800) 872-1231 ext. 5253
Fax:  219-785-5518