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"Communication courses give a great perspective on how we, as social beings, are continuously (and sometimes unknowingly) interacting. The classes I’ve taken in Communication have taught practical and operational communication skills that will help me to contribute to my future employer and assist me in professional and personal growth."
– Audrey Hicks, WIU-QC student
The Communication major provides you with a better understanding of human communication processes, including how communication has been conceptualized, investigated, and how members of the communication discipline have used their knowledge and scholarship to effect change in their personal and professional lives as well as in their communities. Students are given opportunities to study how effective communication enhances well-being and relationships, promotes civic engagement, and allows for effective participation in a global community.
Courses focus on understanding and identifying organizing principles and patterns of social life through the observation and analysis of human communication behavior. This major is firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and is intended to prepare students to be effective members of society as well as valued employees in whatever careers that they may choose to pursue. Graduates have often found positions in occupations such as sales, human resources, training, education, and consulting, or have pursued advanced academic or professional degrees in fields such as law, management, and marketing.
Communication majors will complete 42 semester hours (sh) in Communication coursework. Quad Cities majors will complete two emphases: (1) Interpersonal Communication and (2) Organizational Communication. Majors also complete three Communication electives and two additional University General Education Humanities courses. Communication majors are able to select minors that complement their major and their career goals. Communication majors earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication upon successful completion of the program.
As a Communication major at the Quad Cities campus, you can participate in an internship for up to 12 sh of credit. Internships may be arranged with cooperating public or private organizations and can provide you with valuable experience. Eligible students must have a 2.25 overall GPA, a 2.5 GPA in your Communication major, and obtain approval from the internship coordinator. Communication students have completed internships at Walt Disney World; Caterpillar; Six Flags; Enterprise Car Rental; Target, Inc.; and more.
Communication majors are advised by a department-appointed academic advisor. Your advisor will help you plan your course of study and will advise you each semester. Transfer students from community and other four-year colleges and universities will work with the academic advisor to ensure that all requirements are completed.
The WIU Quad Cities Honors Program recognizes academic excellence and the distinctive efforts of the students, faculty, and staff. To graduate with the “Honors” designation, the student creates a portfolio documenting honors work in collaboration with faculty and professional mentors. The portfolio consists of a variety of mentored honors experiences that reflect the educational interests and professional development of the student. Mentored honors experiences emphasize the process of learning rather than the work-product of specific tasks. The portfolio will utilize the talents and resources of many people on campus and in the Quad Cities communities. To find out more information about the Quad Cities Honors Program, please visit /wiu.edu/qc/academics/qc_honors_program.
"With today’s technological and professional advancements, students who have multiple disciplinary skills often have greater opportunities than those in single disciplines. The field of Communication, in particular, touches on many aspects of other fields. For example, effective communication is important in all aspects of life, and it fosters learning, builds trust and respect, and teaches valuable tools in our globally diverse world. Furthermore, the need to have a strongly developed set of verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills is, in many professions, just as important, if not more important, than having technical skills, as business is by nature highly collaborative. Effective communication is the key to success in life, in work, and in relationships!"
– Sherry Beard, WIU-QC student
The Communication major provides excellent preparation for such diverse careers as sales, advertising, management, public relations, personnel, human services, education, training, and a variety of other careers that require effective communication.
Students are encouraged to contact the Career Services representative on the Quad Cities campus for assistance with résumé preparation, interviewing, and job search techniques. Seniors are advised to register and establish their credential file with the office in order to take advantage of job referral and on-campus interviewing opportunities.
Each year a number of Communication majors and an honors student receive the Wayne Thompson Scholar Award. An Undergraduate Research Scholarship rewards excellence in undergraduate research in the field of communication. More information is available from the Department of Communication.
The Department of Communication offers a graduate program (Master of Arts) in Communication on the Macomb campus for students interested in continuing their education beyond the bachelor’s degree. Financial assistance may be available through either graduate or teaching assistantships for eligible students. More information is available from the Graduate Coordinator (wiu.edu/comm/graduate).
Lambda Pi Eta – LPE is a national Communication Honor Society. LPE membership is by invitation only to students who meet honors requirements. LPE recognizes and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies as well as promoting and encouraging interest in the field of communication. LPE further encourages professional development among Communication majors.
Communication Student Society – CSS is open to all Communication majors and minors. CSS gives students the opportunity to make connections with faculty and fellow students outside the classroom. It also sponsors social events, job and career preparation programs, and other events throughout the year. Quad Cities majors are invited to attend and participate in Macomb campus CSS meetings. As the Communication program grows in the QC, students will be able to form a QC CSS organization.
For More Information and Campus Visits
For information about the WIU-Quad Cities Communication major, contact Dr. Mary Hogg, WIU-QC, 3561 60th Street, Moline, IL 61265; (309) 762-3999, ext. 62324; or e-mail her at M-Hogg@wiu.edu. For general information about the Department of Communication, visit our website at wiu.edu/comm.
For further information about the WIU-Quad Cities campus or to arrange a QC campus visit, contact the WIU-Quad Cities Admissions Department at (309) 762-1495.