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There are over 400 communication studies majors with a student to faculty ratio of 17:1. EIU has the 2nd largest program in Illinois.

The Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University has more than 400 undergraduate students and 33 active graduate students. The program is the second-largest communication program in Illinois and third-largest academic program at EIU. There are 24 full-time faculty, for a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1. This size ensures the department has the resources necessary to provide a quality education, while at the same time providing the small class sizes and personal attention that promote success.

Choose from several options of study:

Communication Society & Pop Culture.  This option provides students with a comprehensive approach that examines the role of discourses and practices that create and sustain social systems. Students will be trained to put critical theories into practice by critiquing, designing, and implementing messages in various outlets. 

Corporate Communication.  Communication is consistently identified as one of the top skills required in any organization. This option provides students with the knowledge, skill, and perspectives to work in a variety of positions with high communication demands.

Interpersonal Communication.  This option is designed for students interested in developing knowledge and skills that facilitate effective communication in personal, professional, and group contexts.  Graduates with this option are particularly well-prepared to work with individuals and groups from varying backgrounds, with differing needs and interests, and where the goals of communication are to resolve problems or disputes. 

Mass Communication.  This option provides students with the comprehensive theory and skill required to produce media messages for television, radio, web, and other emergent digital/electronic media. In this option, students select from two concentrations:

  • Broadcast News Concentration.  Designed for students interested in a career in radio/TV news, including anchors, writers, reporters, producers, videographers, weather and sports anchors.
  • Electronic Media Production Concentration.  This concentration is for students interested in learning the theories and techniques of producing multimedia content for non-news applications.

Public Relations.  This option prepares students to function effectively in the field of public relations. Program emphasis is on preparing students for public relations positions in corporations, non-profit organizations and PR agencies.