May 28, 2024  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

College of Communication

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Joseph M. Valenzano, III, PhD, Dean; Suzanne Reading, PhD, Associate Dean

Rose G. Campbell, PhD; Gary Edgerton, PhD; Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh, PhD; Mark Rademacher, PhD; Suzanne Reading, PhD, CCC-SLP; Ann M. Savage, PhD; Kristin Swenson, PhD

Associate Professors
Tonya Bergeson, PhD; Lindsay Ems, PhD; Lee Farquhar, PhD; Tatsiana Karaliova, PhD; Abbey Levenshus, PhD; Christine Taylor, MA; Sofia Souto, PhD

Assistant Professors
Alex Carter, PhD; Cynthia Chen, PhD; Rong Ma, PhD; Kriste Patrow, PhD; Xiaowen Xu, PhD

Senior Lecturers
Cutler Armstrong, MS; Scott Bridge, MS; Mary Gospel, PhD, CCC-SLP

Ann Bilodeau, MS, CCC-SLP; Janis Crawford, MA; Ryan Gautreaux, MA; Matthew Herbertz, MFA; Carly Middleton, MA; Robert E. Norris, MA; Armando Pellerano, MS; Robert Schultz, MA; Amanda Stevenson-Holmes, MBA; Eileen Taylor, EdD, Amanda Thurston, MS; Nick White, MA

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The College of Communication (CCOM) was founded in 2010 and is currently one of Butler’s fastest growing colleges. CCOM features a strong liberal arts foundation, outstanding facilities, and impressive internship opportunities. The College’s faculty and staff are committed to helping students realize their full potential as communicators, journalists, media artists, and, most of all, engaged citizens. All of CCOM’s eight majors blend rigorous curricula with abundant experiential learning opportunities. The College’s coursework is both theoretical and applied, providing the conceptual grounding for lifelong learning and career success.


Empowering communication students to lead the way toward more connected and just communities


The College of Communication prepares students to thrive in our diverse and globally interconnected world.

Value Statements:

  • We affirm communication as a basic human right with equity and inclusivity as our guide
  • We commit to civil communication with dignity for all
  • Our students learn to create socially responsible messages across communication contexts
  • Our experiential approach ensures that graduates excel in their professions and post-graduate study
  • Our strong grounding in liberal arts inspires graduates for civic engagement and leadership in their careers and communities

College Requirements for Graduation

To fulfill graduation requirements, students must complete 126 credit hours; complete a minimum of 40 hours at the 300 course level or above; complete the College of Communication core requirements (see below for details); complete required courses in the selected major, with a C- or better; complete required courses for a second major, or a minor, or 12-hour concentration outside of the primary major, with a C- or better ; and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

College of Communication Core Requirements

One course designated Communication and Culture

Foreign Language: 3 credit hours at the 204 level or above

2nd Major or Minor or Concentration (Concentration is 12 credits)

Communication and Culture from the list below:

Foreign Language Requirement

Students in the College of Communication must demonstrate competence in a foreign language at an intermediate level or above through one of the following:

  • Foreign Language-3 credit hours at a 204 level or above or scoring an intermediate level or above on a proctored exam
  • If there is no appropriate/accessible test through Butler or the Indianapolis-area Consortium for a student who wishes to demonstrate intermediate-level competency, other evidence may be used to establish the student’s competency. These cases are to be settled through the CCOM Dean’s Office and may include consultation with the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Foreign language courses are offered at the 100 level for students in need of preparation for more advanced study. Although 100-level courses do not satisfy the foreign language requirement, they do count as credit hours toward the degree. All first-year students must take a placement examination. Further information is available in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. American Sign Language (ASL) also fulfills the language requirement. Students should contact the the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department for for more information about ASL.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Major in Creative Media and Entertainment (BA)
  • Major in Critical Communication and Media Studies (BA)
  • Major in Journalism (BA)
  • Major in Music Industry Studies (BA)
  • Major in Organizational Communication and Leadership (BA)
  • Major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (BA)
  • Major in Sports Media (BA)
  • Major in Strategic Communication (BA)
  • Minor in Creative Media and Entertainment
  • Minor in Critical Communication and Media Studies
  • Minor in Esports Communication
  • Minor in Film Studies
  • Minor in Journalism
  • Minor in Music Industry Studies
  • Minor in Organizational Communication and Leadership
  • Minor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Minor in Strategic Communication

Graduate Degree Program and Certificate

  • Master’s in Strategic Communication (MS)
  • Certificate in Strategic Communication

Majors, Minors, and Graduate Programs



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