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.

Online Communication degree webpage

Communication Department Student webpage

Communication Department Resources webpage

UIS Speech and Debate Team

Why should you join the UIS Speech and Debate team?

To learn more visit the Speech and Debate Team website or contact Timothy Bill.



UIS Journal

The UIS Journal student newspaper has hit the ground running this semester with new Editor Jacob Friedman and Assistant Editor Kaisha Johnson teaming with Graduate Assistant / Multimedia Editor Kenny Adesina (just transferred to UIS from University of Beijing) to begin turning into a destination site for vital audio and visual content of interest to UIS students, staff and faculty – all in addition to the excellent, editorially independent student reporting the Journal has long been known for.


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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