Communication Studies

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The Department of Communication Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with options in corporate communication, interpersonal communication, and mass communication. In the mass communication option, students select a concentration in broadcast news or electronic media production.

The department also offers a new online degree completion program called "Communication in Organizations." This new option is part of the existing B.A. in Communication Studies.


Corporate Communication, Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication , Communication in Organizations


Broadcast News, Electronic Media Production

Hours Required


Departmental Honors Program


Four Year Degree Plan

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

communication, media studies, critical and cultural studies, rhetoric, organizational communication interpersonal communication, sociology, training and development

Course Catalog Listing (Corporate Communication Option) (Mass Communication Option) (Interpersonal Communication Option) (Communication in Organizations)

Typical Starting Positions

Customer Service Representative, Speech Writer, Program Coordinator, Political Campaign Manager, Sales Manager, Account Representative, Video Coordinator, Writer, Media Analyst, Marketing Specialist, Account Manager, Sales, Media Sales Representative, Media Buyer, Training and Development Specialist, Employment Recruiter, Web Designer – Programmer, Hospitality Manager, Business Owner, Sales Trainer, Webmaster, Alumni Relations Officer, Admissions Counselor, Public Information Officer, Training Manager, Personnel Specialist, Personnel Manager, Market Researcher, Work Team Leader, Community Affairs Manager, Residential Life Director, Social Worker, Community Affairs Liaison, Flight Attendant, Private Investigator, Program Coordinator, Producer/Director, Reporter, Talk Show Host, Production Assistant, Sports Announcer, Public Affairs Program Producer, Media Coordinator, Writer/Producer, Videographer, Director, Floor Manager, Post-production Producer/Editor, Community Relations Director, Advertising/Marketing Specialist, Public Relations – Agribusiness, Publicity Manager, Advertising Account Manager, Corporate Public Affairs Director, Sports Publicist, Public Information Officer, Media Planner, Media, Publication Editor, News and Information Director

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

Warner Brothers, Anderson Consulting, ESPN, Marriot Hotels, Caterpillar Tractor, Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Robert Half, Comcast Sports, DuPont, Glaxo Smith Kline and Beecham, Gillette, Motorola, Walt Disney World, Royal Caribbean, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Cabot Corporation, State Farm, ATT, Federal Express, Sony, Bank of America, Clear Channel, CNN, NBC News, Kraft, Crowne Plaza

Notable Graduates

Todd Conner, Sean Payton, Larry Smith, Ray D'Alessio, Tony Romo

Study Abroad Opportunities

New Zealand

Research Opportunities

Please see recent student research and productions at

Student Professional Organizations

Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Honorary)
Public Relations Student Society of America
Forensics (Speech Team)
Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association

Professional Development Opportunities

Teaching and professional internships, practicum

Graduate Asisstant Opportunities

Teaching, Technology Lab Management


Fashing Speech Scholarship

Scholarship Listing

Al & Vesta Rundle Scholarship
Betty Lou Balasi Scholarship
Carol A. Manhart Sch
Communication Studies Grant-in-Aid Award
Communication Studies Talented Student Award
Daniel E. Marvin Jr. WEIU Scholarship
Dr. J. Glenn Ross Scholarship
Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Foreign Cultures Award
Drs. Christine & Larry Helsel Public Relations Sch
Edith Breving Annual Scholarship
Illinois Broadcasters Association Scholarship
Jack L. Payan Scholarship
John E. & Mary J. Price Scholarship
Jon J. Hopkins Memorial Speech Education Scholarship
Kenneth E. Hadwiger, Ph.D. Scholarship
Mary Coon Cottingham Sch
Ralph Y. McGinnis Scholarship
Raymond L. and Carolyn M. Fischer Scholarship
Robert and Ann Flick Study Abroad Annual Scholarship
The Cal Smith Civic Engagement Annual Scholarship
The Eunice Dougherty Scholarship
Wang Tih-Wu Scholarship

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Faculty Listing

Faculty Research Interests

Please see the recent list of faculty publications at

Faculty Honors & Awards

Please see faculty awards and honors at

Media Links

Department of Communication Studies, Coleman Hall 1260
Contact Name: Dr. Stephen A. King, Department Chair
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