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Department of Communication
and Performing Arts

When you become a part of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts at Indiana University Kokomo, you won’t just be sitting back and listening to lectures. You’ll be learning by actually doing. This course of study will give you an opportunity to create public relations campaigns for local community groups, perform in a variety of musical ensembles, see your work published in IU Kokomo’s newspaper, The Correspondent, act in plays, and engage in public events like debates and interviewing workshops. With our extensive offering of internships, you’ll spend some time learning on the job and networking with employers while you’re at it. 

IU Kokomo offered me opportunities that would not have been available at other schools. It offered me hands-on experience through internships and projects where we worked with community members. It helped me learn skills outside of the classroom - like how to work with clients and how to communicate with others to ensure the best product/service is given.

Krystyn Bell, B.S. '14, Communication

We like to dive right in.

If you’re interested in careers within public relations, journalism, government service, music, performance, or any other field that relies on presentation and writing skills, communication and performing arts may be the right choice for you! We offer these degrees:

You can customize these degrees to your specific interests and aspirations by selecting a concentration within your degree or by adding a minor. To learn more about the curriculum, degree requirements, and courses offered, feel free to visit our academic bulletin

A Lifetime of Success

A degree offers student new opportunities
Tom Cassidy had no idea what he would do after an injury ended his career as a machinist. With little education after high school, he saw few opportunities available. “It was probably the most sobering moment I’ve had in my life,” he said. “I never gave a thought to not having any other options. I remember sitting on my couch saying, ‘What the heck am I going to do now?’”
Students learn more than acting
As a half dozen girls dance and twirl their way to the center of the Havens Auditorium stage, Garry Grice holds up his hand, stopping their progress to ask one of them to remove her baseball cap. “Number one, we need to be able to see your face in the pictures, and number two, it’s bad luck to wear a hat onstage unless it’s part of your costume,” he says, before motioning to start again.
Communications students inducted
Fourteen Indiana University Kokomo students were chosen charter members of the campus’ new chapter of Lambda Pi Eta honorary for communications. “We began the chapter to recognize our students for their hard work and dedication to academics,” said Erin Doss, assistant professor of communication arts. “Being a member provides opportunities for students to present at the National Communication Association annual conference, and is a great entry for a résumé or graduate school application.”
Lighting artist shares tools of the trade
For many people working in theatre, the goal is to light up the stage with a memorable performance. But for Diana Kaiser, her job has been done well when it goes unnoticed. Visiting artist Kaiser, a lighting designer, gave Indiana University Kokomo students a backstage pass to the behind the scenes career opportunities available to them in theatrical arts.
Last updated: 08/12/2017