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College of Communication

We Live to Create

The College of Communication (CCOM) is Butler’s fastest growing college, and with good reason—through a strong liberal arts foundation, committed faculty involvement, and impressive internship opportunities, it creates the conditions whereby students realize their full potential as communicators, journalists, media artists, and most of all, engaged citizens. The college’s coursework is both theoretical and applied, providing the conceptual grounding for lifelong learning and career flexibility.

Oral competencies developed in Speakers Lab, Forensics, and Debate

Developing speaking and writing competencies in our students is of core importance to our college. Through our Speaker's Lab, and Forensics and Debate teams we are helping students to develop theses abilities and graduate as competent and ethical communicators. 

Award-winning teachers, scholars, professional practice, clinical faculty and staff

Our classes are led by passionate and dedicated professors, scholars, and practitioners, who are involved in their professional community in some way. This involvement keeps the subject matters they teach relevant and engaging.

College Highlights

CCOM facilities

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The Fairbanks Center for Communication and Technology contains state-of-the-art classrooms and production facilities. It also houses a full-size, HD-capable video production studio and control room; two industry standard ProTools equipped multi-track audio recording studios; sound isolation booths and an array of musical instruments; a 5-point surround editing and layback studio; the Butler Collegian Newsroom, the Speakers Lab, and a student-centered strategic communication agency-like work space. In nearby Jordan Hall, the College of Communication additionally supports the Butler Speech-Language Clinic, an Audiology Lab, and the Speech Research Laboratory.

CCOM Internship

Experiential Learning

Learning extends beyond the classroom in the College of Communication. Students enjoy a wide range of opportunities to acquire valuable firsthand experiences on and off campus. Besides activities available in our state-of-the-art facilities, students choose from literally hundreds of available internships  in Indianapolis, nationwide, and abroad.

Bulldog Blitz

Student Media

The College of Communication provides practical experience through many student-run media outlets. These include the weekly newspaper The Butler Collegian and the Collegian Online, IndianapolisNewsBeat.com, weekly TV show Butler Beat, online sports program BU:30, webcasts on butlersports.com, and the online campus radio station Indy Blue Radio.

American Sign Language

Student Organizations

The College of Communication provides a number of scholarly and professional organizations for students to learn valuable leadership skills and hone their craft. Examples include the ADrenaline (an advertising club), American Sign Language Club, Audio Engineering Society, Lambda Pi Eta (the Communication National Honor Society), the Music Entertainment Industry Association, the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and the Society of Professional Journalists.