Department of Communication

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

Staff and faculty are working from home in compliance with Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home directive. Since we are not in the office to assist you, please consider the following:

Current students:

  • If you have class-related questions, communicate with your professors using the options they have provided.
  • Your advisor is available. If you have small questions, email is best.  If you need to schedule time to discuss topics or to plan for summer/fall courses, schedule an appointment using Navigate and your advisor will arrange a Zoom meeting.
  • UIS offices are still staffed remotely to assist; emails are the best way to initiate contact.

Prospective students/applicants:

  • The admissions and financial assistance office remain available through email.
  • If you have Communication program related question, please email the program advisor.


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.

Online Communication degree webpage

Communication Department Student webpage

Communication Department Resources webpage


Dr. Novak Featured in Ms. Magazine

Communication professor Dr. Novak was recently featured in Ms. Magazine for her recent article Working Women are Still Fighting Implicit Bias. The article discusses her research regarding women in the labor force, as well as her first time teaching an all-female graduate course.

Novak mentions the tensions her students felt between obtaining a career and providing for the home. She goes on to say, “To be honest, it’d be a lot more do-able for women to ‘have it all’ if true gender equity and the fair division of labor existed in the home.” Her work also mentions recent entertainment and political bias, something she notes that all of use should be aware. “One step toward challenging gender norms is self-awareness. Frankly, even the most consciously liberated among us may be unaware of our own internal biases.”

Congrats to Dr. Novak on the publishing of her article!

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!


UIS Ranked #9 2019 list of Best Online Colleges by


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


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