What is Communication?

Communication teaches you to speak, write, and think critically about others’ messages as well as your own. As a Communication student, your coursework will be concerned with the nature of effective communication across domains, developing effective communication skills, and gaining knowledge of how to help others improve their skills. You’ll learn how to be a critical thinker and problem solver for every situation you face. You’ll also achieve theoretical and practical knowledge of public advocacy, debate, and the political and social importance of communication in public and private life. If going into a field that includes a lot of face-to-face interaction and collaboration sounds exciting, our Communication major may be right for you.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

79% employed after graduation

9% attending graduate school

$43,647 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Yelp, Insight Global, Aerotek

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago Portfolio School

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 31 ACT Score

1210 - 1430 SAT Score

3.25 - 3.76 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246