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. View our department newsletter here.
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).