The School is the largest academic unit at UIS, enrolling 55 percent of all students in its majors. The School is committed to curricular interdisciplinary, experiential learning, experimentation, and a concern for student-centered learning that includes the use of technologies that aid collaboration and extend the concept of “community” beyond local and regional boundaries. The foundation for this environment is a well-rounded curriculum in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and physical and natural sciences, including mathematics and computer science. Students learn professional skills, but also the blend of critical thinking, scientific logic, and appreciation of the humanities that is so important in the development of personal enrichment.
Students in Communication Studies have multiple opportunities to participate in campus, state and national programs and organizations to help develop professional skills and networking of benefit before and after graduation. Some COM students are active in Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society, or some work with The Observer, the online media hub. Alumni remain active with the School, as well, to connect current students to a variety of contacts and professions in the city of Springfield — a vibrant small city and the state capital of Illinois. Learn about Springfield, Illinois.