Department of Communication

A degree that connects you to the people, the places, the communities, and the world around you.

At UIS Communication is embraced as the act and/or the process of communicating from the perspectives of both interpersonal and mass-mediated communication.

Your degree prepares you to interpret and execute communication in all its forms, from written to spoken to nonverbal. Students who have earned the bachelor’s in Communication at UIS have gone on to work in a number of professions involving human relations, public relations and journalism, and utilizing practical skills in digital photography, video and web production and radio. Our students are among the most marketable when they graduate. Communication, as a broadly defined field, allows students to either concentrate on a specific professional goal or to enter a wide range of professional possibilities. It is a major without limitations.

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Timothy Bill Receives Pat Langley Award

Communication instructor and Speech & Debate director, Timothy Bill, was given the Pat Langley Award for Outstanding Community Engagement this past May. The award is given to individuals who what have been involved in outstanding community-based engagement benefitting LGBTQIA+ communities. Congratulations on your achievement, Professor Bill!


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COM graduate Jeffrey Nevins chosen to deliver student address at 2018 Commencement ceremony

UIS Places in the Top Five at Novice Nationals

5th Place Trophy - 2019 Novice NationalsThe UIS Speech and Debate team returned to the national stage by taking part in the Novice Nationals speech and debate tournament hosted this year by Bowling Green State University. The team placed 5th in Division III team sweepstakes. Teams are placed into divisions based on the number of speeches entered at the tournament.Team Photo - 2019 Novice Nationals

“I could not be prouder of this team” said coach Timothy Bill. He continued, “most of these students have never done speech and debate before this year. They started from scratch this fall and have grown as speakers at every competition we’ve traveled to.  Their hard work made this team award possible.”

Novice Nationals is a competition for students in their first year of collegiate speech and debate. The organization is dedicated to providing an educational, yet competitive experience for students new to the activity. This year, teams from as far away as Georgia, Florida, and Pennsylvania attended the competition. UIS last attended this tournament in 2014.

The University of Illinois Springfield Speech and Debate Team is committed to training the next generation of civic leaders, public speakers, and communicators who are passionate about effecting change in their communities. The team is housed in the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. To find out more, please visit the team’s website.

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