The department offers a truly flexible curriculum that enables students to tailor a major to their particular communication career interests. The entire faculty is highly trained in their areas of expertise, which include communication law, international issues in the field of public relations, using global computer networks in journalism and other areas of communication, and digital video/audio editing and production.
Communication students, beginning with their freshman year, have access to the department's television and radio production facilities, its advanced digital video/audio editing workstations, and computer-equipped visual design and news writing labs. Students may also participate in a variety of co-curricular activities: the weekly student newspaper, The Torch; the student-managed campus radio station, WVUR; the campus television station, VUTV; the annual yearbook, The Beacon; the campus chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America; the Association for WoMen in Commuincations; and Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society.
Internships are required of all Communication majors and can be completed during a summer at a hometown television or radio station, newspaper, public relations agency, law firm, or other organizations related to the Department's curriculum. Or, during the academic year, students can elect to choose an internship from nearly 100 area and national providers: WLJE, WGN, WSBT, WNDU, the Washington Times, C-SPAN, MCA Music, Sony, Ogilvie and Mather Worldwide PR, Phoenix Art Museum, Lutheran Homes Society, World Cup Soccer, Milwaukee Public Museum, Shedd Aquarium, the American Red Cross, specific support units at Valparaiso University, and many others.
The Department has been an area pioneer in the offering of courses online, where most instruction takes place via the Internet. The department has also been a leader in Internet instructional applications, and in preparing students for competency in this fastest growing of all communication media.
The Department also regularly sponsors class presentations by returning alumni, where majors hear about the latest in job-searching strategies and media developments across the communication industries.