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Ball State University’s College of Communication, Information and Media (CCIM) unveiled a series of exciting changes in October 2021.

By Andrew Walker, ’14

The Department of Journalism has been renamed the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. Under this new name, students will learn all sides of the media business and acquire the skills to succeed.

The Department of Telecommunications has been renamed the Department of Media. This new name better establishes the program publicly, as the staff continues to teach storytelling using high-end technology.

There is now an expanded relationship between CCIM, student media, and Ball State Public Media. This will further enhance CCIM’s educational experience through immersive learning opportunities.

The newly named Computer & Information Technology (CIT) program emphasizes the leadership, organizational behavior, and communication skills necessary for success in high-demand technology areas—including virtualization, cloud services, cybersecurity, and emerging technology. Additional concentration areas, such as tech-informed leadership, esports, and full-stack development are being developed.

And, two new Accelerated Masters Programs—Emerging Media Design and Development, and Public Relations—allow students the chance to complete their BA/BS and MA degrees in five years.

“These changes are in keeping with a tradition of innovation—in our college and at our University,” said Dr. Paaige Turner, CCIM dean. “Our leadership ensures CCIM stays ahead of the industry curve—leading the way, not reacting—with passion, purpose, and progress.”