Prospective Students & Parents

Career Prep Day

As an Undergraduate Communication Major you must complete:

  • WIU's General Education requirements
  • 42 credit hours of required and elective Communication courses, choosing from 2 sequences of study:
    • Rhetoric
    • Persuasion
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Organizational Communication
  • An approved minor, available from over 35 different departments

Learn more about our Undergraduate Program.

To be considered for admission as a Communication Graduate Student, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and meet the following requirements:

  • have a cumulative GPA in all undergraduate work of a 2.75 (on a 4-point scale) or higher or
  • have a 3.0 GPA or higher in your last two years of undergraduate work
  • all students born after December 31, 1956 and registering for the first time at WIU are required to provide evidence of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria.
  • International students must have a TOEFL score of 237 or higher on the 580 paper score

Learn more about our Graduate Program.

Advandages of a Communication Major

Career Opportunities

There are many career paths for a Communication major.  Selecting a career is based on your interests as well as your areas of concentration within your major and minor. Learn more about your possible Career Opportunities.

Internships are recommended and encouraged

Students can apply for an internship after completing 12 semester hours in the communication major. Internship sites have included Disney World, John Deere, Caterpillar, and many more. Learn more about internship opportunities.

Honors Program

Career Prep Day Award Winners

The Centennial Honors College is a university-wide academic program designed for the academically talented and motivated student. It enrolls approximately 5% of Western's undergraduate population and is offered in conjunction with all 34 undergraduate programs. Its purpose is to provide special learning opportunities within the context of small seminars, mentorship relationships with select faculty, and guided research opportunities. The Honors program also promotes professional growth and leadership opportunities and encourages service and social responsibility.

For more information, see our Honors Program details.


The Department of Communication has several scholarship opportunities for students that support research, academic progress, and childcare needs. For more information about scholarships, see our Scholarship details.

Academic Advising - Jennifer Grimm

Jennifer Grimm

As a new student, you might be wondering how you will plan your communication major or minor. Jennifer is here to help! She is a full-time professional academic advisor who will work with you individually to answer your questions about your degree plan. The Department of Communication is unique in that we have a full-time advisor for students. Not all colleges and universities have full-time advisors available for their students. We think that having a full-time academic advisor for our communication students sets WIU’s Department of Communication apart from other institutions.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Grimm
Office Phone: (309) 298-1938