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


Dr. Rozema’s Retirement Ends 21 Years at UIS

This past December, Dr. Hazel Rozema announced her retirement from teaching after spending 21 years in the Communication Department at UIS. During her time on campus, Dr. Rozema has taught a handful of classes, been the chair and part of the committee for dozens of theses, advised students along the way, and impacted the lives of nearly every student who has taken one of her classes. Hazel was an integral part of the interpersonal curriculum, specifically relating to family and interracial communication.

Her retirement was celebrated last week by the department and several alumni and former faculty. She has left quite an impact on numerous students, faculty, and the department as a whole. We are so grateful for Hazel’s contributions and wish her all the best in this next stage of life. The department will greatly miss you, Dr. Rozema!


Communication Student Earns Journalism ScholarshipLeanna

One of our current Communication students, Leanna Churchill, recently received the Dara Drew Memorial Scholarship for her academic work in journalism. The scholarship was awarded through UIS Giving and the Reaching Stellar initiative to commend students who excels in Journalism and Communication studies.

Leanna currently holds an internship working in sport journalism and hopes to use those skills towards a future career. Her dream is to share inspiring, memorable stories with others through working in journalism. Congratulations, Leanna!


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