Communication students learn through hands-on experience at Hanover. Small class sizes mean you'll put communication theory into action right from the start and acquire an impressive amount of real-world experience by the time you graduate.

In fact, communication majors at Hanover College have the kind of opportunities only given to graduate students at most other schools. Take a look:

Picture of students filming an interview between two female students

Students can begin work in the campus TV station their freshman year, both on-camera and behind the scenes. Students produce and anchor talk, sports, news and variety programs. They travel around the world producing documentaries that are seen on PBS stations and at conferences and film festivals.

Student in front of presentation poster

Every year several senior research papers are accepted to prestigious national conferences, with departmental grants providing funding for our students to travel and present. Recently, senior Rachel Helt presented her paper "Breaking Bad News: The experience of patient physician communication when diagnosed with cancer" at the Health Communication Conference in Washington, D.C.

Hanover students with John Dean

Communication scholars readily discuss the latest political campaign, messages of pop music lyrics and social movements throughout history. Recently John Dean, the former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon, visited the Communication Law and Public Policy class and answered student questions about Watergate and Vietnam.

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'll 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
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Gender and cross-cultural 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
  • Creative Director, 12 Stars Media
  • Sports Reporter, WHIZ-TV
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Public Relations Manager, Louisville Zoo
  • Claims Director, Humana, Inc.

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


COM 049
Media Production Participation
Involvement in 10 approved television production and journalism projects during the combined fall and winter terms. Students are involved in both production and editorial roles. Pass/Fail. May be repeated for up to 1 credit. Permission of instructor. 0.25 unit.
COM 161
Rhetoric of American Identity
An examination of great works of literature, political rhetoric, art, film, and theater that have helped create and critique the identity of the United States. The course will trace themes of individualism, freedom, equality, populism, diversity, and nature in works from the 19th and 20th centuries and will examine the implications of various American self-definitions. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies the S ACE.
COM 163
Argument & Persuasion in Antiquity
The art of oratory (i.e., public speaking) was developed and elaborated by both the ancient Greeks and the Romans. Persuasion and oral arguments were crucial for the conduct of politics and the law-courts. Not only were famous political and court speeches painstakingly preserved and avidly read, but ancient historical narratives, philosophical works, and even stage dramas also contain extended speeches exhibiting many of the same rhetorical features as their "real-world" cousins. Students in this course will read and analyze a variety of ancient Greek and/or Roman speeches as well as theoretical works about speech-making, all in English translation. They will also give several speeches of their own in which they will construct arguments and practice persuasive techniques. Identical to Cla 163. Partially satisfies the HS CCR. Satisfies the S ACE.
COM 164
War & Upheaval through Film
Analysis of films at the levels of message creation, audience response, and social impact on issues such as war, race, religion and gender. Partially satisfies the HS CCR and satisfies the W1 ACE.
COM 210
Graphic Design I
Explores design and the design process through historical examples, theory, typographic studies, problem definition, digital and traditional design tools, production and content delivery. Focus on digital photography and photo manipulation as well as digital illustration and graphic layout. Each student will gain professional experience and potentially work on a design project for Hanover College's Office of Communication and Marketing. Identical to ART210. Fee Charged. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
COM 211
Public Communication
Explores the theories, practice, and criticism of oral communication as a responsibility of individuals living in a democracy. Focus equally divided between mass media, small group, and public speaking. Satisfies the S ACE.
COM 212
Introduction to Communication
Examines a broad spectrum of communication concepts and issues in modern society. Directed at students with an interest in the discipline of communication.
COM 240
Survey of Mass Media
Survey of functions, operations, responsibilities, and influences of various mass communication media with major emphasis on broadcasting. Directed toward the consumer and critic of mass media in American culture. Partially satisfies the HS CCR.
COM 242
Visual Communication
Introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of visual message design. Emphasis on development of visual literacy, understanding of theories of visual perceptions, and critical analysis of media messages. Lecture and laboratory. Satisfies the S ACE. Fee charged.
COM 243
Video Production
Introduction to the principles and practice of video production, with an emphasis on applied aesthetics. Includes methods of program design and management, single and multi-camera production technique, editing, lighting, sound, and visual effects. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Fee charged.
COM 246
Writing for the Media
An examination of writing styles used for television, radio, and the Internet, with emphasis on writing for public relations, journalism, and advertising. Course involves extensive writing practice. Lab fee.
COM 250
The Rhetoric of Film
Examines the psychological and rhetorical qualities of film as they apply to filmmakers, audiences, and cinematic texts. An interdisciplinary approach integrates experimental, qualitative, and interpretive research from the domains of psychology, mass communication, film studies, and literary criticism. Identical to Psy 250. Prerequisite: 212 or 242 or Psy 111.
COM 251
American Journalism
An introductory course that explores the theoretical and practical sides of contemporary newspaper, magazine, and Internet journalism. Topics may include history and evolution of U.S. print media, their ethics, and their role in American society today. Intensive work on reporting and writing. In-class discussion of student work. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W1 ACE. Identical to Eng 251.
COM 319
Organizational Communication
Examines the role and function of communication in businesses and other modern organizations. Includes study of organizational theory, message transmission, conflict management, employee motivation and satisfaction, and related current issues.
COM 320
Persuasive Communication
Examines the function of persuasion in affecting public opinion, the role of persuasive methods, and techniques for implementing social change.
COM 321
Media Criticism
An examination of how rhetorical theory and criticism help audiences interpret and find meaning from media texts, including film, song, and television.
COM 323
Gender and Communication
Study of the significance of gender in personal, interpersonal, organizational, and societal contexts. Partially satisfies the HS CCR.
COM 324
Rhetorical Theory
Study of the development of public communication in relationship to the development of Western philosophy and practice. Emphasizes major rhetorical theories from the classical to the contemporary era. Prerequisite: 212 and junior or senior standing. Satisfies the W2 ACE and partially satisfies LA CCR.
COM 325
Political Rhetoric and Campaigns
Examines the role of communication in political contexts, such as campaigns and public address. Partially satisfies the HS CCR. Not open to students with prior credit in COM 326.
COM 327
Interpersonal Communication
. Examines communication behavior in developing and maintaining human relationships. Partially satisfies the HS CCR.
COM 328
Cross-Cultural Communication
Perspectives on cross-cultural communication, including culture-bound assumptions, cross-cultural analysis of values, beliefs, verbal and non-verbal communication and their impact. Partially satisfies the HS CCR. Satisfies the S ACE. Satisfies the CP ACE.
COM 330
Comm. Research & Methodology
Examines the empirical side of the communication field and its literature, exploring research designs, methods, and technologies and the empirical literature of communication research. Prerequisite: 212 and junior or senior standing. Satisfies the W2 ACE.
COM 342
Multimedia Journalism
Examines the acquisition, production, and distribution of video news in society. Includes broadcast news, video storytelling, and social media. Partially satisfies the HS CCR. Lab fee.
COM 345
Documentary Production
Advanced study and practice of video production principles and techniques, with emphasis on the documentary and reality television forms. Students will work on teams researching, shooting, producing, and writing their own minidocumentary and reality television segments, shot on location. In some years, course will involve off-campus travel. Prerequisite: 243. Satisfies the S ACE and partially satisfies the LA CCR. Lab fee.
COM 346
Health Communication
An examination of health communication in several different social and cultural contexts, including theory, organizational structures, media and technology, and personal relationships.
COM 350
Communication Law & Public Policy
Survey of communication policy issues with emphasis on U.S. lawmaking process, highlighting current issues and the dynamic relationships between governmental entities, the public, communication industries, and influencers. Includes topics of censorship and speech rights, communication industry regulation, privacy, libel, newsgathering, intellectual property, and commercial speech. Not open to students with prior credit in COM349.
COM 459
Professional Media Directorship
Culminating on-campus experience of applied nature in broadcasting, journalism, or public relations during the combined fall and winter terms in which the student assumes editorial responsibility for a campus media outlet. Approval must be received by the first week of fall term, but registration does not occur until winter term. Prerequisite: Application and approval of department chair.
COM 461
Senior Seminar
Examines communication research questions from diverse perspectives and methods of analysis. Students will complete an original, empirical research paper related to a topic of the student's interest in the field of communication. Culminating experience. Prerequisites: 212, 330. Communication Major. Senior standing. Com 462. Advanced Production Practicum. Advanced film and television course in which students complete a significant artistic or journalistic project. Can serve as culminating experience for Communication students, but is open to other majors. Prerequisites: Any two of:243, 246, 342, or 345.
COM 462
Advanced Production Practicum
Advanced film and television course in which students complete a significant artistic or journalistic project. Can serve as culminating experience for Communication students, but is open to other majors. Prerequisites: Any two of: 243, 246, 345, or 344. Lab fee.