Since 1986, the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) has prepared students to creatively solve communication and information challenges in business, government, education, and nonprofit organizations. Our graduates are in demand as professionals leading to management positions in the information and communication sciences field. We have a placement rate of 90 percent, and our alumni report significant increases in salary after graduation.

Our success is based on a holistic approach to learning, which includes the following:

Immersive Learning

Immersive learning is at the heart of the Ball State experience. In our program, valuable lessons come from the use of real-world technologies in our laboratories. The CICS blogs serve as both tools for sharing information and insights and as laboratories in and of themselves. Real-world projects benefit both you and the corporate partners for whom the projects are conducted. 

Social Learning Program

Our Social Learning Program is our intentional effort to prepare you for the business that takes place outside of the office. Our faculty, staff, corporate partners, and alumni host events such as formal dinners and job placement seminars so you will learn social skills essential for management and leadership.

Applied Research Institute

Our Applied Research Institute provides you with the six industry-supported laboratories and four CICS institutes in order to complete immersive learning projects and apply your knowledge in real-world situations.

Companies Recruiting CICS Graduates

Corporate partners such as AT&T, Cisco, IBM, and Accenture continue to recruit our graduates because they know that we prepare students like you to lead and serve in challenging and progressive environments.