The undergraduate communication program is experienced by almost all Purdue undergraduates, as each year more than 6,000 students across campus take a presentational speaking course from the department. Students who join the school may choose from five major areas of study:
The school has dedicated full-time advisors who help students with course planning and career development, and student organizations provide opportunities for professional and scholarly growth. Graduates find careers in fields ranging from public relations to management, from law to ministry, and in areas such as sports and health.
Outside the classroom BLSC students have opportunities to practice career-oriented skills. Our students produce their own video news magazine called Fast Track, create our school’s alumni newsletter The Communicator, and work in teams with local nonprofits to get real-world experience in public relations.
One of the greatest strengths of the communication program is its international opportunities. Through the university’s study abroad office, students can take advantage of over 100 different programs. There are several programs tailored for BLSC students: semester programs in northern Italy and Copenhagen, Denmark, are eligible for $3000 study abroad grants from the university. Every summer, internship/study programs are available in London and Sydney, and faculty-led programs have visited sites including Siena, Italy; Barcelona, Spain, and Beijing, China. Even these shorter programs are eligible for university grants, from $1000 to $2000. Recent Maymester offerings have included intensive study programs in Beijing and in Washington, D.C.
We are looking for outstanding students who want to understand the essential role that communication plays in personal and professional life. If you are one of those students, we welcome you to join us—not just in a West Lafayette classroom, but in faculty research, in study abroad locations around the world, in community engagement, in student-led organizations, and in learning.