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Student Opportunities


COMS 407 Practicum

It designed to offer practical experience in applied communication for majors/minors. For each hour of credit (up to 3) the student must plan and implement one project in cooperation with a faculty member. 

Independent Study

An Independent Study provides you with an opportunity for individual faculty mentoring and engagement in the completion of a project. The 498 A/AH form is used for research projects and the 498 B/BH form is used for media production projects. Consult with a faculty member who will oversee your project.

Lamda Pi Eta - COMS Honor Society

The Department of Communication was granted a chapter of the national Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, and we are always recruiting for new scholarly members. Lambda Pi Eta is the National Communication Association’s Honor Society for undergraduate majors and minors in communication.

Northern Public Radio (WNIJ-FM)

WNIJ (89.5 FM) is a National Public Radio-affiliated radio station located in DeKalb. While it operates out of the university, it maintains its independence as a news service, providing local content and NPR programming. NIU journalism students often attain internships through WNIJ.

Northern Star

The Northern Star is one of the top student newspapers in Illinois, as rated by the Illinois College Press Association. Since 1899, the paper has covered local stories at NIU and in the northern Illinois region, and given numerous students invaluable experience. Though the Star operates independently of the NIU Dept. of Communication, our students routinely work for the Star.

Northern Television Center

NTC is the award-winning "nerve center" of broadcast journalism at Northern Illinois University. It is also the home of our advanced studio production facility, where we produce original local news, sports, and entertainment feature programming for the DeKalb and Sycamore, Illinois, communities.

Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival

This is an event planning course where students review films, create electronic and print publicity and invite a guest speaker.  The course culminates in a three day film festival on campus.

Contact Us

Department of Communication
Northern Illinois University
Watson Hall 210
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1563
Fax: 815-753-7109

Acting Department Chair

Mehdi Semati
Phone: 815-753-7028