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About the Department of Communication

The Department of Communication at NIU offers one of the largest and most diverse programs of its kind in Illinois. Our degrees insure a broad study of the field of communication while providing students an opportunity to focus on a chosen area of emphasis.

Our students have excellent high school and community college backgrounds, and our faculty are internationally renowned for research and professional accomplishments. The department prides itself on being collegial and student-friendly. Most courses beyond the 100 level are taught by professorial faculty rather than graduate assistants. Each student has access to multiple advisors to consult about scheduling, degree requirements, internships, extra-curricular opportunities and careers.

In addition, the department offers courses of study leading to a minor in Communication Studies, which can be tailored to meet a variety of interests including teacher certification; a minor in Journalism; and an interdisciplinary minor in Applied Communications which is offered jointly with the Department of English. Several of the department's lower-division courses can be used by non-majors toward fulfilling area requirements in the university's general education program. Courses in the department's curriculum may also be utilized in interdisciplinary minors such as International Relations or Women's Studies. A majority of our students graduate in four years.

The department prides itself on the diversity of its faculty and students. Many of our classes incorporate multicultural perspectives and our faculty is committed to the success of all of our students. Recent graduates have found careers in a variety of areas, including PR, management, television production and direction, graphic design, and writing.

Many of our majors also pursue advanced graduate degrees in fields such as Communication Studies, Journalism, English, Public Administration, Jurisprudence or other post baccalaureate educational programs such as Masters in Business Administration or Masters in Fine Arts.