We are a diverse, collaborative, multidisciplinary department of the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The Department of Communication and Creative Arts offers degree programs in advertising, broadcasting, general communication, journalism, organizational communication, public relations, and visual communication design. Our programs include experiential learning courses, opportunities for internships, and collaboration with faculty in research and creative projects. Our faculty and students are nationally, as well as internationally recognized, with prestigious publications and awards in their respective fields. Many of our graduate students have continued their education, earned doctoral degrees, and are employed at universities throughout the nation. Other alumni are employed in fields such as business, politics, entertainment, and education. We attract regional students from Indiana and Illinois, as well as international students from Brazil, China, Holland, India, Iran, Philippines, and Russia. While we adapt to new evolutions in world media and communication, our faculty remain dedicated to the principles that have distinguished us since the inception of the department in 1950s: we provide opportunities for intellectual, professional, and emotional growth through classroom learning, mentoring, and collaboration, with students from all backgrounds, who seek a quality education and success.
Programs in the Department of Communication and Creative Arts prepare students to work in careers that require exceptional skill in dealing with people. The department offers broad curricula ranging from communication studies to the performing and creative arts, with strong liberal arts education supporting specific preparation for a variety of careers in communication professions. Students can select minors inside or outside the department to supplement their majors, enhance their professional, creative and artistic skills, and improve their future employment options.
The Department offers a wide-range of practical leaning opportunities, including Internship, experiential learning, and practicum. These options expand students’ learning and career aspirations by allowing them to work directly with professionals in organizations such as radio and television stations, cable TV operations, advertising agencies, print media outlets, and public relations firms.
The fully equipped radio and television studio facilities on campus allow students hands-on experience in producing a variety of video and radio-TV programs. Students interested in print and broadcast journalism can work for the campus newspaper, The Chronicle or The Communicator (our Departmental newsletter), partake in producing our 30-minute weekly television program, Calumet Perspective (aired on the PBS-affiliated LakeShore TV and WCPX-TV), and online radio, WPUC Radio.
Please free to call us and schedule a personal visit to the department and university.
With all good wishes,
Yahya R. Kamalipour, PhD
Professor & Department Head