About the Program
The Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University has more than 400 undergraduate students and 33 active graduate students. The department offers a B.A. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in Public Relations.
The Department of Communication is the largest academic program in the College of Arts and Humanities and the 5th largest at EIU. There are 23 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.
Communication Studies is also a transfer friendly department for a number of reasons:
- A transfer student who completes communication courses at his or her community college can often use these courses to fulfill degree requirements.
- For the B.A. in Communication Studies, students need to select at least one option area (e.g., interpersonal communication). Switching option areas will not significantly delay a student's progress toward graduation.
- The academic credits for both degree programs (B.A. in Communication Studies: 45 credits; B.A. in Public Relations: 51 credits) make it possible for transfer students to graduate in a timely manner. Note: All EIU students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to graduate.
- Both degree programs do not require a minor (although many communication majors elect to complete a minor).