Most of the Indiana schools that feature broadcasting education offer bachelor's degree programs. However, one certificate program and a few associate's and master's degree programs are also available in Indiana. Students could be able to choose areas of specialization in some programs. They might also complete reporting projects and participate in internship experiences at radio or television stations. Overviews of the ten universities that offer broadcasting programs are provided below, followed by a table with tuition and other school info. The areas of study include:
- Radio and Television
- Electronic Media with Emerging Media News
- Digital Media
Anderson University offers a communication arts major with an audio/video/cinema production specialization at the Anderson campus. Students complete core communication courses, which cover communication ethics and law, writing for the media, communication theories and the communication professional. Courses in the audio/video/cinema production specialization provide students with the skills to become broadcast and sound engineering technicians. These courses cover topics such as television studio production, the radio/television and film business, video production and field, sound stage and post-production. An audio/video/cinema production minor is also available.
Ball State University
Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University is home to the David Letterman Communication and Media Building. The university's College of Communications, Information and Media, one of the largest communications colleges in the country, has a telecommunications (TCOM) department that offers degrees related to broadcasting. The bachelor's degree in telecommunications has several concentration options, including film and television studies or digital production. Students initially enroll as 'pre-TCOM' students and satisfactorily complete core courses before applying to the major. The film and television studies track calls for 36 credit hours of classes covering topics such as electronic media history, tv genres and sports and electronic media. The 39-credit-hour digital production option includes courses on audio production, video production and media aesthetics.
The journalism program at Butler University in Indianapolis gives students the opportunity to learn about the various forms of media, including broadcast, online, visual and print. Students are required to take courses in multimedia journalism, mass communication law and ethics, international communication and digital media. The school has two full television studios as well as audio recording studios, control rooms and editing equipment. An internship is required, and students interested in the broadcasting field can participate in internships at local radio and television stations. This program requires students to complete 126 credits of coursework to receive the degree, and a journalism minor is also available.
This college, located in Franklin, provides a bachelor's degree in journalism that offers three tracks, including one in broadcast journalism. The journalism core courses include instruction in media design, digital photography, professional development, multimedia storytelling and news reporting, writing and editing. The broadcast journalism track provides courses in radio station and video production, television production and on-air performance, writing for broadcast news and a broadcasting senior seminar. Students must earn 128 credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 for graduation.
The Communication Department at Goshen College offers a bachelor's degree in broadcasting at its campus in Goshen. Courses required for this major include oral communication, broadcast writing, radio operations, digital media production and broadcasting for the public good. The school's radio station was named best college radio station in the nation in 2013 by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and was the Television School of the Year in 2013, according to the Indiana Association of School Broadcasting. Students enrolled in the broadcasting program must complete two internships and earn a minimum grade of C- in all major courses to receive the degree. Goshen College also offers a minor in broadcasting that requires students to earn 18 credits in coursework, including a 3-credit internship.
Indiana University - Bloomington
Indiana University offers two bachelor's programs that include broadcasting courses at its campus in Bloomington. The School of Public Health provides a kinesiology bachelor's program that allows students to choose a sport communication-broadcast major, and the School of Journalism offers a broadcast journalism specialization within its journalism bachelor's program. The curriculum for the sport communication-broadcast major includes courses in electronic media, sport promotion and new media technologies such as podcasting and blogging; a sport communication internship is required. Students who choose the broadcast journalism specialization take courses in broadcast media analysis, audio storytelling, broadcast news and television news.
Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis
Indiana University - Purdue University in Indianapolis - also referred to as IUPUI - offers bachelor's and master's programs in journalism that include courses in broadcasting. The 123-credit undergraduate program provides courses in journalism and mass communication, news gathering, advertising and broadcast media analysis. This program also requires students to complete courses in a core area, and sports journalism is one of the options. The master's program in sports journalism covers topics like sports media, public affairs reporting, sports broadcasting and advanced sports broadcasting production. A reporting project is also required.
University of Southern Indiana
Located in Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television. Both programs provide training in broadcasting with courses in radio and television performance, broadcast and cable sales and management, television producing and directing, sportscasting and broadcast journalism. Students in the Bachelor of Arts program must earn 12 credits in a foreign language, and this degree is a good choice for students who plan to continue their studies at the graduate level. The University of Southern Indiana also provides a minor in radio and television.
The Department of Communication at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso offers a bachelor's degree in communication and a bachelor's degree in digital media; both tracks contain broadcasting components in the curriculum. Students in both programs can take advantage of the department's digital video and audio facilities and television/radio studios. Communication courses cover subjects like content research and reporting, public communication and delivery of news broadcasts, while the digital media courses cover topics such as the radio industry and audio production, television producing and directing, documentary production and media production. A 15-credit communication minor is also available. Additionally, the graduate school at Valparaiso University offers a 15-credit certificate and a master's degree in sports media. Graduate students in these programs have access to the tele-production studios and audio and video labs.
Students at Vincennes University in Vincennes who want to receive training that will prepare them for employment in the broadcasting industry have several options. An Associate of Science (AS) focusing on electronic media provides audio and video production training and gives students the opportunity to obtain experience working in the school's radio and television stations. That degree can also be pursued with a concentration in emerging media news, which teaches students the skills required to provide content for broadcast. Students in either track can choose the career/tech option, aimed at immediate employment, or the transfer option, which is designed to fit into further studies at the bachelor's degree level. Vincennes University also offers a multimedia communication associate's program that provides courses in news gathering and storytelling, audio and video production and provides instruction on developing content for broadcast in various media.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Broadcasting Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Anderson University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts with Audio/Video/Cinema Production Specialization,
Minor in Audio/Visual/Cinema Production
|Ball State University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor's in Telecommunications, Film and Television Studies or Digital Production emphasis options||$9,896 in-state; $26,468 out-of-state*|
|Butler University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Journalism,
|Franklin College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with Broadcast Journalism Track||$32,010*|
|Goshen College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting||$33,700*|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with Broadcast Journalism Specialization,
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Sport Communication-Broadcast Major
|$10,681 in-state; $35,456 out-of-state*|
|Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism,
Master of Arts in Sports Journalism
|$9,465 in-state; $29,821 out-of-state*|
|University of Southern Indiana||4-year, public; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television,
Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television,
Minor in Radio and Television
|$8,349 in-state; $19,436 out-of-state*|
|Valparaiso University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media,
Minor in Communications,
Sports Media Certificate (post-baccalaureate),
Master of Science in Sports Media
|Vincennes University||4-year, public; remote town||Associate of Science in Electronic Media with Emerging Media News Concentration,
Associate of Science in Electronic Media (optional emerging media concentration),
Associate of Science in Multimedia Communications
|$5,902 in-state; $13,959 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.