About the Department
Students are taught the process of communication, starting at learning to develop strategic messages and honing their skills as they become ethical, critical, and effective professionals. Students are motivated to inform and impact their communities through effectively producing and receiving communication. By emphasizing solid preparation in the liberal arts, a degree in Communication builds a strong foundation that complements technical and focused skills courses.
Vital Skill Set
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 Valpo communication degree provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields. The department offers a flexible curriculum that enables students to tailor a major to their particular career interests.
From their first semester on campus, 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.
At Valpo’s student media organizations, students can deepen their skills in an applied setting. There are positions for students of any major at the weekly student newspaper, The Torch; the student-managed campus radio station, WVUR, The Source 95.1 FM; the campus television station, VUTV Channel 15; and the yearbook, The Beacon. Learn more »
The communication faculty includes both academic experts with advanced degrees in communication and communication professionals who work day-to-day in this evolving field. Together, these professors prepare students who excel in the academic study of communication and in the practical skills needed for a career.
Valpo alumni work in some of the most prestigious communication organizations in the U.S. They are producers at ESPN, meteorologists at Good Morning America and other networks nationwide, public relations professionals, and communication lawyers. The communication faculty stay in close contact with many alumni and draw on their expertise and their willingness to help the next generation of Valpo communicators.