We are a diverse, collaborative, multidisciplinary department of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The Department of Communication and Creative Arts offers concentrations in advertising, broadcasting, general communication, journalism, 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 have gained national and international recognition. 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.
The department offers broad curricula ranging from communication studies to the performing and creative arts. 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 learning opportunities, including Internships, experiential learning, and practicums. 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, 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.
Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D.