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This department's Journalism, Public Relations/Advertising, and Radio/Television programs are fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism  and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Public Accountability Data
Data for the ACEJMC accredited programs (Journalism, Public Relations/Advertising, and Radio/Television) is based on first-time, full-time, bachelor degree seeking freshmen who declared JRN, PRA or RTV as their major. 

  • One year retention rate (based on Fall 2012 freshmen cohort) – 68.4%
  • Four year graduation rate (based on Fall 2009 cohort) – 18.6%
  • Six year graduation rate (based on Fall 2007 cohort) – 25.8%

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Majors and Minors

Communication Studies
Public Relations and Advertising
Radio and Television

Master of Arts in Communication

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Student radio station nets record number of awards

The Edge Radio Staff

Ten staff members of The Edge, the University of Southern Indiana's student radio station, have been recognized for their achievements in four broadcasting competitions, earning 26 awards more than double the total from last year. Student broadcasters took home two first place awards in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Arts (BEA), a prestigious national competition. Five of the 10 awards won in the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters competition were for first place. Three students won bronze awards in the American Advertising Federation of Greater Evansville's ADDY Awards student competition. The recognition of the staff's achievements gives new radio and television majors something to strive for. (complete story)


Department of Communications Alumni Newsletter: The Eagle Call
(Spring 2013)

Spring 2014 issue coming soon.


Student Organizations

Department Chair
J. Wayne Rinks, Ph.D.
Email: wrinks

Assistant Chair
Robert West, Ph.D.
Email: rwest

Notice to the Students

Students have the right and the obligation to make known any concerns or problems that they may encounter regarding the operation of the department and/or its compliance with ACEJMC accreditation rules. This includes the Liberal Arts Building and its facilities, department personnel, classrooms and equipment, and courses and expectations. Students may express their concerns to their academic adviser, their professors, or to Dr. J. Wayne Rinks, Chair of the Department of Communications.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The Department of Communications is committed to promoting a safe and welcoming environment to all persons. We believe that our campus community is enriched and enlivened by the diversity of its individuals. We are dedicated to fostering a climate of respect, openness, and understanding, free of discrimination and harassment against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or veteran’s status.

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