Good communication skills are essential in almost every industry today.
In fact, employers identify the ability to verbally communicate with people inside and outside an organization and the ability to create and/or edit written documents among the top ten skills they seek when hiring new college graduates.
The Communication Studies major allows students to explore the complex and dynamic nature of communication in multiple contexts. Not only do students learn how to communicate effectively to diverse audiences, they also study the impact communication has on the world around us. They learn how communication functions as the relational and collective force that constructs the social world.
Communication Studies students can pursue options in Corporate Communication, Interpersonal Communication, or Mass Communication. An online B.A. program in Communication in Organizations is also available.
Communication Studies majors receive personal attention from the faculty. Class sizes are small with full-time instructors who get to know their students. Faculty mentors 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.
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 departmental honors program, study abroad, or join the EIU Speech Team.
EIU 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. Our graduates go on to careers in a wide variety of areas, including multimedia design, management, sales, and human resources.
Entirely online option that helps students enhance their marketability through the development of relational and organizational communication skills. Click here for more information on this program.
Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully navigate the roles, functions, and management of organizations. Click here for more information on this program.
Examines communication’s power to impact relational development and affect outcomes in personal, professional, and group contexts. Click here for more information on this program.
Students learn how mediated communication influences our understanding of political and social life. Click here for more information on this program.
Rich has been recognized for teaching excellence by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association, Eastern Illinois University, and the Rocky Mountain Communication Association. His philosophy of education is guided by the notion that the classroom is an entree to critical thinking, which prepares students to be engaged citizens who work for the public good.
“As a scholar of public relations, crisis communication, and organizational rhetoric, I analyze and critique organizational discourse and am interested in understanding processes of organizational message construction. More specifically, my work is located at the intersections of crisis communication, activist public relations, and corporate social responsibility. It is ultimately oriented toward developing communication frameworks and theories that can help a) organizations respond to activist stakeholders & crises ethically, constructively, and effectively and b) activist groups resist unethical corporate behavior and achieve change."
Ryan McDaniel joined the Department of Communication Studies in 2007, bringing a rich background and unique range of experiences. He holds multiple degrees in the humanities and has taught several courses across diverse disciplines, including: rhetoric, philosophy, religion, and history. In addition to teaching in the Communication Department, Captain McDaniel also serves part-time as an officer in the Air National Guard, allowing him to integrate classroom and professional military insights and skills sets as a resource for students to draw upon. He has a passion for applying critical thinking and analysis to an integrated understanding of the humanities, thereby equipping students to flourish both personally and professionally.
"My experience in Communication Studies Departmental Honors has been completely different than anything I ever imagined, and incredible. Since the program is flexible in terms of project content and primarily independent study based, I was able to begin work on a project I am passionate about while I was studying abroad."Haley Titsworth (2013)
"The program afforded me the opportunities to develop close relationships with faculty, develop strong academic and professional skills, and become actively engaged with the EIU Communication Studies department and EIU academic community.”Clinton Brown (2014)