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Why should I major in communication studies or journalism?


In many professions, the need for communication skills has never been more critical. Employers consistently cite communication skills as the major requirement for success in professional careers. A major in communication studies can help you acquire and learn to use those skills effectively. As a student of communication studies you will learn to analyze written, oral, visual, and electronic messages from historical, critical, and social science perspectives. You will also learn to produce such messages as a means of artistic and functional expression.

Possible Job Titles in Communication and Journalism

  • Advertising Manager
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Broadcast News Analyst
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Photojournalist
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer and Author

Notable NIU Communication Alumni

Nathan Blake (B.A. 2013, M.A. 2016) is the Digital Content Editor for Iowa Clinton Herald.

Cori Frankenberg (B.A., 2014) is the Baseball Communications Assistant for Minnesota Twins.

Miles Pfefferle (B.A., 2009) is a web designer, web developer, and photographer in Chicago.

Amy Aiello (B.A., 2005) is an Emmy Award-winning videographer and photographer in Chicago.

Marcus Leshock (B.A. 2003, M.A. 2005) is an Emmy Award-winning reporter for WGN-TV.

Bill Weinman (B.A., 1984) is an award-winning Producer-Director-Editor. He has worked on major motion pictures including The FugitiveThe AbyssJFK, and The Shawshank Redemption, and has produced and edited over 150 commercials and promos for such companies as Disney, FOX, ABC and MTV.

Nancy Meyer (B.A., 1978) is an artist manager for music management company Bates Meyer, Inc. in southern California

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