Students may declare the major in Communication at any time.
To remain in the major, students must earn a grade of B or higher in at least two of three introductory communication core courses (COMM 101, COMM 102, COMM 103) and subsequently maintain a minimum major GPA of 2.5 throughout the course of the major.

Students who fail to earn a grade of B or higher in at least two of the three introductory communication core courses will be dropped from the major. 

Students who make this requirement but subsequently fail to maintain a minimum major GPA of 2.5 will be placed on probation. If, after one probationary semester, the student has not increased the major GPA to a minimum of 2.5, the student will be dropped from the major.

All notifications will be made through UIC email.

To declare communication as either a major or a minor, students should declare in the LAS Social Sciences Advising located in University Hall on the third floor.

Upon meeting and maintaining these performance standards and declaring the major, students should schedule an appointment with Christina Zimmerman for internship, career, or graduate school advice.

Each semester, some COMM classes at the 200 level and above require department or course of study approval before registration. Note: Approvals are subject to course prerequisites, department policies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences polices. Receiving department approval does not guarantee a seat in the course. For general advising students should make an appointment with LAS Advising once a year in 809 UH. In addition, LAS Advising can assist students with declaring the major, minor and planning an appropriate course of study toward gradation with a major in Communciaton. Interested students should schedule an appointment with an LAS Academic Advisor who specializes in Communication. Students can
schedule an appointment online at the LAS Advising Page.
The Department Advisor, Christina Zimmerman, is available by appointment only to discuss internships, career advising, and graduate school application/preparation. Please call (312) 996-3187 to schedule an appointment.

Each semester, Communication faculty post and hold regular office hours. They are also available for informal advising by appointment about:

  • available resources and support
  • student applications for scholarships
  • outside learning opportunities

Email and the Internet allow students to communicate with faculty beyond class meetings and office hours.
For more information on the communication major, refer to the 8th floor of University Hall. 

Students seeking careers in in art and design such as filmmaking, graphic design, interaction design, photography, and the like, should see the UIC School of Art and Design. Students looking for hands-on production training in traditional areas of communication, such as broadcast news, forensics (debate), journalism, reporting, speech teaching, and the like, should consider University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The Communication major emphasizes communication theory and research. Students have the opportunity to develop analytical skills that will render them more critical consumers of media. Potential majors should note that the program does not focus on production.

The Communication program has among the highest admissions standards of any program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS).