Welcome to the School of Communication and Media, the UIS hub for all things communication, media and now, public affairs reporting. The School offers undergraduate opportunities, and now, two graduate degrees are available – Communication Studies and Public Affairs Reporting.

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.

Points of Pride

The UIS School of Communication and Media is proud of the following:

  • Broad curriculum offerings in both interpersonal communication and journalism/media studies
  • Faculty members with diverse backgrounds in teaching and
    professional experience
  • Internship opportunities for undergraduate students in newsrooms, public relations offices, non-profit organizations, multi-media production companies and other locations throughout Central Illinois
  • Public Affairs Reporting trains students to become journalists who produce intelligent news about government and politics.
  • Close professional relations between the School and organizations such as the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association and the Association for Women in Communication
  •  The Observer online media hub provides video and audio stories, student-created podcasts.​
  • Affiliation with Lambda Pi Eta, a communication honor society

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.

Communication News

School of Communication and Media News

Apr 14, 2022
Dr. Beth Ribarsky is a communication professor at the University of Illinois Springfield, and one of her most popular classes explores relationships and…
Mar 11, 2022
Dr. Beth Ribarsky is a communication professor at the University of Illinois Springfield, and one of her most popular classes explores relationships and…
Jun 04, 2020
UIS Associate Professor of Communication Kathy Novak, Ph.D., was only a few weeks into  her COM 407 Photojournalism and Photo Documentary Class when…