Communication is a social science focused on idea expression through the creation and delivery of messages. In addition to preparing students for specific careers in digital media production, journalism, and public relations, a Communication degree provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields. The department offers a truly flexible curriculum that enables students to tailor a major to their particular career interests.
Hands-on opportunities for learning are available immediately upon beginning in the Department of Communication. Students have access to the television, weather, and radio production facilities, the video/audio editing workstations, and the Mac lab with the full Adobe Creative Suite package of editing and creation programs. Students of all majors may join the staffs of the co-curricular media organizations including the weekly student newspaper, The Torch; the student-managed campus radio station, WVUR, The Source 95.1FM; the campus television station, VUTV Channel 82; and the annual yearbook, The Beacon. The campus also has chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society.
All Communication majors are required to complete at least one internship as part of their program of study. An internship experience allows students to apply their skills and gain real-world experience. Internships may be completed during the summer or an academic semester and may be paid or unpaid. Students may undertake an internship experience in any geographic location. Valparaiso University's proximity to Chicago affords many opportunities, as do organizations in and around Valparaiso. Internship postings can be found through the Career Center, as well as frequent postings on the Department of Communication Facebook page.
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 industry.