At Ball State, we focus on hands-on, immersive learning in all disciplines, and communication studies is no exception. Immersive learning lets you and your fellow students drive the learning process, working across disciplines and finding real-world solutions to real-world problems.
In addition to theoretical learning needed to understand the intricacies of communication, your course work will include plenty of chances to practice the theories and skills you’ve learned. For example, if you’re an organizational communication student, you’ll try your hand at communication audits and needs assessments. If you’re studying presentational communication, you’ll give presentations.
We also take full advantage of Ball State’s acclaimed Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, which organizes interdisciplinary seminars geared toward immersive learning in a specific subject area.
One Virginia Ball seminar brought together Beth Messner from the communication studies faculty and a group of students who examined hate speech as a powerful form of communication. They designed Learning from a Legacy of Hate, an interactive Web site documenting cases of hate speech in Indiana and promoting attitudes of acceptance and tolerance.
Another Virginia Ball seminar involved Communication Studies professor Laura O'Hara and her students documenting the recovery narratives of local people "making their way back" to wellness. The class divided itself into three into three teams for three films, one of which focused on recovery from cancer, another which explored the loss of home and property, and a third which documented the progress of the second team.