College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Communication?

Communication teaches you to speak, write, and think critically about others’ messages as well as your own. As a Communication student, you will study communication across many domains. You will develop effective communication skills and learn how to teach others to improve their skills. You’ll learn how to be a critical thinker and problem solver for every situation you face. You’ll achieve knowledge of public advocacy and debate. You'll also learn about the political and social importance of communication in public and private life. If going into a field that includes a lot of collaboration sounds exciting, this major may be right for you.

Career Options

  • Education
  • Event planning
  • Health administration
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Public affairs
  • Public relations
  • Sales

Post-Graduation Success1

90% employed or continuing education

77% employed after graduation

13% attending graduate school

$44,534 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Yelp, Insight Global, Enterprise Rent-a-car View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Northwestern University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

91% four-year graduation rate

97% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770