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.



Welcome our new instructor and Director of Speech and Debate

Tim Bill
Timothy Bill
, communication instructor and speech and debate coach in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, earned a master’s degree in communication from the University of Kentucky. His research and professional interests include political communication, speech and debate, persuasion, argumentation and instructional communication. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, hiking and running.

If you want to strengthen your public speaking skills, develop your confidence, and be a member of a team of students driven to succeed, then you might be looking for the UIS Speech and Debate Team.

Chancellor Koch highlights the value of communication skills in students’ future career paths

In her monthly editorial, Chancellor Koch wrote that college students should insist on developing skills that are not tied to a specific career path.  These skills include all forms of communication from writing and speaking to storytelling and persuasion.  To illustrate her point, she spoke with three UIS faculty members including Dr. Ribarsky.   “Communication is not a soft skill.  It’s intrinsically linked to effectiveness in your job and your profession,” Ribarsky said.  Read the complete editorial on the chancellor’s website.