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Department of Communication


The support of the Herd is always behind you.

You need what you need when you need it. We get that, which is why we offer loads of resources for every stage of your academic journey. 

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Your success matters.

Advisors keep you on track to graduate, and they’re also a great resource for things like creating class schedules, giving you insider info about campus, and getting you the help you need. 


Fund your education.


Who doesn’t like free money? Well, you’re leaving a lot on the table if you don’t check out the various scholarships that are available. See what you may qualify for today, and don’t forget to check out ScholarshipUniverse for university scholarships.

To learn how to apply to our department-specific opportunities, contact the department at [email protected] or 260-481-6825.

Test-out Exam

What you need to know.

You may be able to test out of this general education requirement.

To test out of COM 11400, you must complete these three steps:

  1. Submit an application to test out of COM 11400 by writing a formal letter that supports your experience with and knowledge of interpersonal communication, public communication, small-group communication, and communication theory as it is covered in the current textbook for COM 11400. This letter will be read by three communication instructors who will vote for or against the waiver based on how persuasively your argument is presented.
  2. Take a test that consists of 75 multiple-choice questions from the text. You must achieve 80 percent to pass this test.
  3. Present a speech to three communication instructors that covers the following criteria:
  • Be persuasive or informational; this excludes after-dinner speaking, oral interpretations, or other speeches designed primarily for literature interpretation or entertainment
  • Be eight to ten minutes in length
  • Be accompanied by a speech-purpose statement with an outline and works cited page that is submitted to the communication instructors before the speech begins
  • Be delivered extemporaneously, using a three-by-five-inch note card (except for direct quotes and statistics); notes are to be turned in to the instructors following the speech

The speech must receive an average grade of 80 percent to pass this requirement.

*Students will not earn credit towards graduation if they successfully test out; instead, the requirement will be waived.

Graduate Studies RESOURCES

Plan for your future.

Plan of Study

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Let’s see your plan.

Since our program allows you to put together your own plan of study, you’ll need to submit it and get it approved before you begin.
Plan of Study Directions

Graduate Study Preparation

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Learn what you need to succeed.

Graduate school is a big step. We can help you. Reach out to us, and we’ll get started.
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Conference Travel Assistance

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Fund your awesome experience.

It’s a pretty big deal getting accepted to present at a conference. It usually costs something too. We can help you get the funds you need.
Find Assistance
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Ethics Codes

Ethical and Professional Standards

The Department of Communication has adopted the National Communication Association’s Credo for Ethical Communication as guidelines for our students. Take a look at the following ethics codes to which we also adhere:

Academic Resources

The support you need.


Your education is not a singular pursuit, and we recognize that. You’ll have plenty of support from the Mastodon community.