Department of Communication

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

The UIC Department of Communication is known for research on new technology, political communication, and diversity, culture and visual studies.

Life After UIC


Careers
Graduate School
Alumni Networks

 

Careers


Communication is one of the most sought-after knowledge areas among employers. Studies by the National Association of Colleges and Employers rank interpersonal (4.67), teamwork (4.65), analytical (4.56), and oral (4.53) communication skills at the top of the most desirable list (5 equals extremely important), ahead of computer and written communication.

 

The comprehensive curriculum of the Department of Communication insulates graduates from employment declines that have occurred in older occupations such as journalism or speech teaching. A UIC communication graduate has skills that apply to many different occupations. Research by the National Communication Association has identified a range of jobs open to communication graduates:


 

In Communication


 


In Related Fields


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Pathways to Careers in Communication


The LAS Cooperative Education and Internship Program reports that half of the communication students who participate in the internship program each year get jobs in their field within six months of graduation. Those who began jobs after their internships found work in



 

Graduate School


Many alumni of the Department go on to graduate school. They pursue professional degrees in business and finance, law and public administration, social work and health, as well as journalism and education. Some go on for doctoral study in communication and in other social sciences and humanities.

 

The faculty are willing to write letters of recommendation for students who have performed well in their classes, especially at the upper level. Students planning on graduate study get to know their professors' areas of specialization and take courses that encourage direct contact, so that the professors can provide individual advice and write specific letters of support.

The Department usually advises its graduates to apply to other departments for further study. Applications for UIC graduate programs are available for download from the Office of Admissions and Records. Applications may be submitted electronically.


 

Alumni Networks


Interviews with alumni show that within a few years of graduation, former students find their way into careers and recognize the merits of their liberal education in communication. Alumni of the program are generally willing to advise current students and act as mentors in their field of work.

 

Alumni of the Department hold positions they did not anticipate as students, ranging from real estate development to project manager in the Chicago Public School system, as well as some they expected, such as in news production.


Students in the program build contacts with alumni who come back to speak during classes and join in extra-curricular activities. The Department encourages students to organize group activities involving alumni on different career paths. For example, in 2003 current majors and alumni organized the Communication Society, which became a campus student organization.


When returning to campus, alumni report using almost everything they learned in their communication courses, and they indicate that some aspects of the program they found most challenging while enrolled (such as statistics and intensive writing) proved the most beneficial to them on the job.

 


Department of Communication
1007 W Harrison Street (MC 132)
Behavioral Sciences Building 1140
Chicago IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-3187 | Fax: (312) 413-2125

Last Modified: Tue 01 Jun 2010 12:27:22 PM CDT