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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 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. Click here for information about required coursework.

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. Click here for information about required coursework.

Mass Communication: Broadcasting Option 

Designated to provide knowledge, values, perspectives, and skills necessary to understand the roles, functions, and operations of broadcast news.  Click here for information about required coursework.

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 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

Buzzard 2521
600 Lincoln Ave Charleston, IL 61920
217- 581-6003

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