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Comprehensive Program

Eastern's Communication Studies major offers a wide range of opportunities. Students can pursue options in Public Relations, Corporate Communication, Interpersonal Communication, or Communication, Society and Pop Culture. For students interested in Mass Communication, there are concentrations in Electronic Media Production and Broadcast News. The major is structured so that students can either jump into their desired course of study as a freshman, or test the waters by taking some introductory courses before deciding on an option. Communication Studies majors are not required to declare a minor, but many do and the department participates in Interdisciplinary Minors like Advertising, Broadcast Meteorology, Film Studies, Health Communication, and Public Relations.


Personal Attention

Broadcast Meteorology Graduate Jennifer Ketchmark-Brehm

Eastern Illinois University Communication Studies graduate Jennifer Ketchmark-Brehm talks about preparing for her career as a TV weathercaster.


Communication Students majors receive personal attention from the faculty. Class sizes are small with full-time instructors who get to know their students. Faculty mentor and assist the students with research and other projects outside of class. EIU Communication Studies majors build relationships with faculty that last long after they graduate from Eastern.


Engagement Outside the Classroom

Vinyl Visionary

EIU faculty member Scott Walus brings record label to Charleston. Read More...

EIU Communication Studies majors have many opportunities to be engaged in activities outside the classroom that enhance their learning. Students can join a student organization, work at WEIU-TV or WEIU-FM, participate in the annual Communication Day or Broadcast Job Fair, study abroad, or join the EIU Speech Team.

What We Do

EIU Communication Studies majors are encouraged to develop the skills they will need after graduation.  Here's an example of a TV Commercial produced by EIU Senior Kyle Fisher as part of a class project . Watch more videos produced by Communication Studies majors...


Student Success

Public Relations graduate Megan Ogulnick

EIU Communication Studies graduate Megan Ogulnick talks about her public relations position with Golin Harris in Chicago.


Eastern Communication Studies graduates have a long history of success in a variety of fields. The placement rates for new graduates are at or above the national average with an average starting salary of $39,000. Our graduates go on to careers in a wide variety of areas, including broadcasting, multimedia design, public relations, management, sales, and human resources. Graduates who are interested in further study can go on to Graduate School, including Eastern's Master of Arts program in Communication Studies.

Interpersonal Communication Graduate Miranda Stewart

Miranda Stewart

As she enters her fifth year as a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, EIU Communication Studies alumni Miranda Stewart shares her interest in Interpersonal Communication. Read more...


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