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EIU Department of Communication Studies

Communication Studies Major

The B.A. in Communication Studies offers new students and transfer students the opportunity to specialize in one or more of the following four option areas:

Corporate Communication Option

Communication is identified as one of the top skills required in any organization. This option provides students with the knowledge, skill, and perspectives to work in positions with high communication demands. (Example of 4-year study plan)

Interpersonal Communication Option

Designed for students interested in developing knowledge and skills that facilitate effective communication in personal, professional, and group contexts. Graduates with this option are particularly well-prepared to work with individuals and groups from varying backgrounds, with differing needs and interests, and where the goals of communication are to resolve problems or disputes. (Example of 4-year study plan)

Mass Communication Option: Electronic Media Production Concentration

Designed for students interested in learning the theories and techniques of radio and TV broadcasting, as well as non-broadcast applications. Emphasis is on non-news content. Students may select from four different emphases:

  • Alternative Media Arts Emphasis: Designed for students interested in video production, but not the traditional TV industry. May include independent or internet video production.
  • Audio Emphasis: Designed for students interested radio broadcasting or audio production.
  • Multimedia Emphasis: Teaches students to produce content for the internet, including social networking.
  • Video Emphasis: Designed for students who would like to work in the television industry or non-broadcast video production. (Examples of 4-year study plans)

Mass Communication Option: Broadcast News Concentration 

Designed for students interested in a career in radio/TV news, including anchors, writers, reporters, producers, videographers, weather and sports anchors. (Example of 4-year study plan)

Students should consult Eastern Illinois University's undergraduate catalog for help selecting general education courses, meeting the university's foreign language requirement, and identifying appropriate elective courses.

Why Choose to be a Communication Studies Major?

  • Flexibility - Communication majors can select one or more of the options listed above or change option areas during their time at EIU. In addition, switching options will not significantly delay graduation because required courses in one option area will often count as electives in another area.
  • Diverse career opportunities - The breadth of the communication discipline makes it possible for graduates to pursue a wide range of career opportunities including public relations specialist, sports announcer, videographer, sales, political campaign specialist and event planner. Please click here for more information about career opportunities in communication studies.
  • Scholarships - Communication Studies and Public Relations majors are eligible for a number of program-specific scholarships at Eastern Illinois University. Click here for a listing of 36 scholarship opportunities.
  • Opportunities - Communication Studies and Public Relations majors can get involved with resident student organizations (e.g., Alternative Television and Film Club), study abroad (Summer 2017: Ireland/Northern Ireland), a Communication Studies Honorary Society (Lambdi Pi Eta) and a departmental honors program, internship and practicum opportunities, and a nationally recognized Speech Team.   



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Department of Communication Studies

Coleman Hall 1260
600 Lincoln Ave Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-5718

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