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Communications students engage with critical perspectives on the history and practice of mass communication and media. Majors develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and skills necessary for a variety of career paths while becoming proficient in media literacy—crucial for ethical citizenship in today’s society.

Work Program Opportunities

  • The ’Burnian
  • Sports Information
  • Public Relations
  • Blackburn’s writing center
  • Blackburn’s online radio station
  • Institutional Research

Awards and Prizes

  • Talent-Based Scholarships
  • Beginning Scholar Awards
  • Excellence in the Major Awards
  • Louise Allen Creative Writing Awards
  • Student Journalism Awards
  • Stoddard Prize for Literature
  • Asbury Prize for Journalism
  • First Year Writing Awards


Recent majors have interned with Habitat for Humanity, Karmak, the Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat, and various other regional businesses.

The ‘Burnian

The oldest college newspaper in Illinois! The ’Burnian offers tuition, paid, and volunteer opportunities for writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers.

Professional Memberships

  • Illinois College Press Association
  • Association for Women in Communications
  • Lambda Pi Eta, a national Communications honor society

Career Opportunities

  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Social and Interactive Media
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Organizational and/or Political Communications
  • Journalism
  • Media law
  • Graduate School

Student Testimonials

“I am doing marketing which includes dealing with social media, and I can credit my Professional Writing, Media Literacy and Media & Diversity classes for my success. I learned about how consumers perceive media messages and the complexity of being clear and diverse with marketing materials. Having these tools in my marketing tackle-box enhances the chances of my messages reaching its target audience.”

Steven Jones, Class of 2014
Marketing Coordinator at All Digital Radio Network

“I had a part time job as a sports writer before I started going to Blackburn, but what I learned from the Communications and Professional Writing coursework helped me to hone my skills and eventually move into a full time position at that same paper. Then, after graduating, I was able to take my degree and get a job as the sports editor at a paper in Missouri.”

Jason Farmer, Class of 2013
Sports Editor of the Hannibal Courier-Post


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18 hours of the following, including at least 9 hours at the 300/400 level:

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