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Communication Studies & Journalism Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Communication offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees for majors in Communication Studies and in Journalism. Students may pursue a double major in Communication Studies and Journalism or choose to major in one area and elect a minor in the other or in any other field of study at NIU.

In addition, the department offers courses of study leading to a minor in Communication Studies, which can be tailored to meet a variety of interests including teacher certification; a minor in Journalism; and an interdisciplinary minor in Applied Communications which is offered jointly with the Department of English. Several of the department's lower-division courses can be used by non-majors toward fulfilling area requirements in the university's general education program. Courses in the department's curriculum may also be utilized in interdisciplinary minors such as International Relations or Women's Studies.

Students may pursue double majors or major and minor in Communication Studies and Journalism.  Communication Studies includes emphases in

Within a Communication Studies major, students can focus in a single emphasis or pursue a combination of the following emphases:

1.  Rhetoric and Public Communication & Media Studies

2.  Media Studies & Organizational/Corporate Communication

For specific information about applications and admission criteria, please visit the Northern Illinois University web pages for new and transfer students:

The Department of Communication's open house video provides an overview of the emphasis areas, including Rhetoric, Media Studies, and Organizational and Corporate Communication, and the Journalism program. It also details the various departmental organizations and opportunities for student involvement. Take a look and get an introduction to our department!