Kathy Lee Heuston, Interim Department Chair
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See for yourself what makes us different from communication at other colleges and
- HD, state-of-the-art digital sports broadcast studio & control room
- HD State-of-the art digital audio production rooms
- 3-Camera Studio & Master Control for local productions
- HD, digital editing lab with new iMacs & Final Cut Pro HD
- 3 Cable Channels & Internet video streaming of APSU telecasts
- Mac Lab with new iMacs and the Adobe Creative Cloud for news writing, desktop publishing,
& web design
- Multi-station Telephone Research Center with new Dell PCs
- Students work on WAPX-FM, Magic 91.9 MHZ, noncommercial radio station
- Hands-on equipment experience from the start of your Freshmen year
APSU DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
We are unique in Tennessee with our approach to communication: we want you to learn
both in the classroom and with a "hands on" approach beginning with your Freshmen
The Department of Communication has more than 500 undergraduate Communication Arts
majors enrolled in our concentrations like Broadcast Media, Corporate Communication,
Information Specialist, Internet Technology, Media Technology, Print and Web journalism,
Public Relations, and Sports Broadcasting. In addition, we offer Master's degrees
in Communication Arts with more than 100 students enrolled from all over the United
States in these online programs. They study in our Corporate or General Communication
specializations or in our Marketing Communication and Media Management concentrations.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
- Potential for career success. Our students are prepared to find fulfilling and financially rewarding communication
industry careers as the U. S. Department of Labor Census Bureau predicts solid growth
is most all communication professions through 2022.
- Students come first. We think of students as our clients and, as such, helping students to achieve their
goals and objectives is our first priority, and it really is for us.
- Classes are small. In our Deparment, as in almost all Austin Peay classrooms, class size is capped at
25 students. You get personal attention from your instructor.
- Our core classes provide our students with unique perspectives to help them enjoy
employment successess through reviewing cultural values and norms, developing a career portfolios, learning
media history and development, and emerging them into applied theory turned into real
- Work with excellent faculty. You're taught by caring professors with excellent academic credentials and real-world
communication industry experience, and not by only graduate students like so many
colleges and universities.
- Learn by doing. Through internships, practicums, and independent studies, students have the opportunity
to work in the communication industry with professionals. This often translates into
- Learn from the latest technology. Our department is wired with fiber optic and ethernet cables and has microwave dishes
for the latest satellite connectivity. We even have a mobile broadcast van. We've
got the latest hardware and software technology so you can learn digital audio and
video production, desktop publishing and Web design.
- Participate in student organizations sponsored by Nashville professional communicators. We have the Broadcast Education Association, National Broadcasting Society (AERho),
and the Public Relations Student Society of America Chapters right in our department.
- Take advantage of our internship (off-campus) and practicum (on-campus) programs while earning college credit and gaining communication industry experience working
with professionals while supervised by Communication Department faculty.
- Conduct state of the art communication research. In our Communication Research Center, you'll learn to conduct computer-aided telephone
surveys, political polls, marketing communication research, and develop your investigative
- Produce real audio and video programs and design Websites, Including Your Own. With our Gov's Cable Channel 99, television studio, digital editing bay, Web design
computer laboratory, and WAPX - FM radio, remote sports broadcasting facilities including
a decked-out remote telecast van, you'll gain the hands-on experience so essential
for all of the communication industry careers today.
- Have fun while learning! Our program is challenging, yet fun and user-friendly. We offer you the opportunities
to grow both in the classroom and with "hands-on" practice from your Freshmen year
onward. You'll enjoy getting to know fellow students, faculty, staff, and community