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EIU Department of Communication Studies

Practicum Experiences

The Department of Communication Studies believes experiences that take students outside the traditional classroom are beneficial. Therefore, the department offers practicum credit for juniors and seniors. 

A practicum (CMN 4375) is an on-campus experience under the direction of a Communication Studies faculty member. Practicum students typically serve as course assistants, research assistants, or lab assistants. Practicum experiences are almost always unpaid.


To enroll in a practicum course, the student must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Junior or senior standing.
  2. GPA of at least 2.75 overall or 3.00 in the major.
  3. Completion of at least 12 hours of Communication Studies courses.


A student may count a maximum of six hours of internship or practicum credit toward the Communication Studies major. A student may count a maximum of 12 hours of internship or practicum credit toward the total hours needed for graduation.


One hour of practicum credit may be earned for every 40 hours worked. For example, a student signing up for three hours of credit needs to work at least 120 total hours. 


Practicum (CMN 4375) is graded on a credit/no credit basis. The final grade in the course does not affect the student's grade point average. Each student is evaluated by his/her on-site supervisor, as well as the department's practicum coordinator. Participation alone does not warrant a grade of CR (credit) for the course.


It is the responsibility of the student to identify and secure his/her practicum. After you have arranged a practicum experience, you need to begin the application process:

  1. Submit the practicum application.
  2. Your application will be reviewed by the practicum coordinator.  
  3. If approved by the practicum coordinator, you will be registered for practicum hours.  Always check your schedule on PAWS before the academic term begins to make sure you are registered for the correct courses and the correct number of hours.

At the end of the practicum, you are required to write a final report and submit it to the drop box in Desire2Learn. A final evaluation form will be sent to your supervisor. Your grade will be based upon this evaluation, the final report, and completion of the required number of work hours specified on the practicum contract.

Practicum Coordinator

For more information about practicum credit, contact the practicum coordinator, at

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Department of Communication Studies

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

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