• Undergraduate programs provide fundamental knowledge and understanding of communication processes and practices while allowing for an area of specialization. Bachelor’s degree options include Communication and Media, Communication Studies, Intercultural Communication, Journalism, Media and Cinema Studies, Organizational Communication, Public Relations and Advertising and Relational Communication. Minors and concentrations in different areas such as International Communication, Documentary Studies and Latino Media and Communication help complement and broaden the majors.
• Graduate programs attract working professionals, recent college graduates and “career changers” – all seeking perspective, skills and an interdisciplinary education that blends theory and practice. Graduate degree offerings are in Communication and Media, Digital Communication and Media Arts, Health Communication, Journalism, Media and Cinema Studies, and Public Relations and Advertising.
Students supplement their studies with hands-on experiences acquired through a myriad of extra-curricular options.
Award-winning student media outlets
, such as campus weekly newspaper The DePaulia, television news magazine Good Day DePaul, campus radio station Radio DePaul and digital magazine 14 East allow students to refine their journalistic skills.
of professional associations, including the Society of Professional Journalists/Online News Association and the Public Relations Student Society of America sponsor workshops, speakers and conferences that facilitate learning and networking.
• adVentors advertising club where students who share a passion for great advertising and communication solutions come together, network, and share experiences.
• Lambda Pi Eta honor society celebrates academic excellence in communication studies.
• the Graduate Student Association, where graduate students can get involved in networking and social events, as well as philanthropic service.
The College of Communication is located in the heart of Chicago’s business and media communities, providing proximity to hundreds of internship opportunities through our highly successful Communication Internship Program. Over 250 students intern each year with companies and organizations large and small, gaining professional experience in their chosen fields while earning course credit toward degree completion.
The College of Communication faculty
is known for its mix of active scholars and seasoned professionals whose expertise spans the spectrum of the discipline:
- Journalists Carol Marin and Don Moseley, the award-winning news team from WMAQ-TV Channel 5, joined the college as faculty and directors of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence.
- Director of the MA in Health Communication Elissa Foster combines her extensive research and experience as a medical educator to inform the curriculum and ensure a unique educational experience for students.
- Professors Lexa Murphy and Dustin Goltz two of many faculty members whose scholarship takes in service beyond the classroom to a global scale. Both partner with support organizations in Kenya and Vietnam to provide media advocacy training.
- Media and Cinema Studies professor Paul Booth’s scholarship in fandom inspires an annual pop culture conference with topics such Dr. Who, Star Trek and Harry Potter.
- PR veteran Ron Culp not only brings insight and experience to the classroom from previous high profile roles at Ketchum, Sears and Sara Lee, but facilitates opportunities for students to network and learn from industry heavy-hitters.
- Courses in interpersonal relationships taught by professors such as Tim Cole, Breanna McEwan and Leah Bryant regularly draw students within and outside of the disciple seeking to increase knowledge in managing social, professional and personal relationships.
Film and culture are explored from multiple perspectives with Media and Cinema professors such as Michael DeAngelis, through his popular Italian cinema and culture Study Abroad Rome summer program and Luisela Alvaray’s Study Abroad
program in Madrid.
- Advertising maven and New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein both teaches and mentors students through adVentors, an advertising club that develops campaigns for a variety of stakeholders.
Urban communication and audio documentary professor Daniel Makagon’s most recent book, Underground: The Subterranean Culture of DIY Punk Shows, explores
the dynamics of the punk community.