Communication students learn through hands-on experience at Hanover. Small class sizes mean you will put communication theory into action right from the  start and acquire an impressive amount of real-world experience by the time you  graduate. With on-campus radio and T.V. stations, you may be in front of the camera for large sporting events, reporting for a news program or producing a comedy show in front of a live studio audience. You will become a scholar who can readily discuss the social messages of pop music lyrics, the latest political campaign... or the rhetorical style from other periods in history.

With a strong foundation of theory, mass media and public speaking courses, your degree in communication can lead to many types of careers,  including:

  • Business 
  • Government 
  • Journalism 
  • Broadcasting 
  • Public relations 
  • Health communications

Focusing on your interests

Communication skills will help you improve your social and career relationships, no matter where your career takes you. At Hanover, you will further concentrate your studies by selecting an area of focus: 

  • Mass media - the study of communicating to large populations, especially through print, broadcast and digital means 
  • Rhetoric - the study of using language effectively, especially in public speaking 
  • Business communication - the study of how organizations communicate internally and to external audiences

What do communication majors study?

  • Mass media 
  • Visual communication 
  • Organizational communication 
  • Presidential rhetoric and campaigns 
  • Communication research and methodology 
  • Other topics that interest you, from American journalism to personal communication to cross-cultural communication

Graduates’ career and professional  placements have included:

  •  News Anchor, WGPH Fox 8 (Chapel Hill, NC)
  •  Promotions Director, WGLD 104.5 FM (Indianapolis)
  •  President, Hoosier On-Line Systems (Indianapolis)
  •  Public Relations Executive, USA Networks (Weston, CT)
  •  Event Planner, Minor League Baseball Team
  •  Deputy Press Secretaries for several U.S. Senators
  •  Sports Producer, TV Station
  •  Freelance Videographer
  •  Newscaster, C-SPAN

Graduate school placements have included:

  • Valparaiso University 
  • University of Louisville 
  • University of California 
  • University of Nevada 
  • Indiana University 
  • Ball State University 
  • Carmel University
  • University of Cincinnati 
  • University of Connecticut 
  • University of Notre Dame 
  • Purdue University 
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Kentucky

Sampling of internship placements: 

  • WRTV Channel 6 
  • WLKY Channel 32 
  • Cleveland Marriott Society Center 
  • Kentucky Education Television 
  • Fox 56 WDKY-TV 
  • Walt Disney World College Program

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