At DePaul University's College of Communication, we know that communication is a science and an art. Here, you’ll learn the practical skills you will need for a career in journalism, radio, television, and film; in relational, organizational, healthcare, and small-group communication; or, in public relations and advertising. But you’ll also become a critical thinker — gaining the qualities of independence and objectivity, of discernment and judgment, that are so important to successful communication in work and in life.
Knowledge through theory and practice
All our majors are concerned with the construction of meaning through communication. Students in every program learn to look at communication from many different perspectives – historical, theoretical, critical, practical, cultural, and personal. As excellent communicators, our students are well-prepared to succeed in the workplace – and our programs support their professional goals and ambitions.
Extraordinary, hands-on experience
At DePaul, you’ll learn how to craft and deliver messages across a variety of platforms: face-to-face, print, audio, video, the web and social media. And you’ll have opportunities to do that in real-world settings — not just through DePaul’s own award-winning radio station, and newspaper, but also through internships and community projects with hundreds of potential placement sites: large and small companies, not-for profit organizations, advertising and PR agencies, philanthropic associations, museums, sports franchises, city government, and media outlets.
In fact, each year nearly 300 graduate and undergraduate students intern with companies and major media organizations like these: WSCR 670 The Score, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago Blackhawks, American Medical Association, WBBM-AM, WTTW/Channel 11, WXRT-FM, Chicago Cubs, WLS ABC7, NBC5 Chicago, NBC Universal, Telemundo, WBBM CBS2, Chicago Children's Museum, Comcast SportsNet, CNN, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, Facets Multimedia, Leo Burnett, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Make A Wish Foundation, Rockit Ranch Productions, Clear Channel Radio, Shedd Aquarium, the Attorney General's Office, FCB, Golan Harris and Edelman Public Relations.
DePaul students can say, “Chicago is our classroom,” as they take advantage of the city’s media market, including the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, three major network newsrooms, the Museum of Broadcast Communication, the Center for New Television, and the Chicago Film Center. They learn not just from the college's faculty (which includes leaders from media and business) but also from participation in activities and organizations like the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), adVentors, and the DePaul Society of Professional Journalists/Online News Association Student Organization (SPJ-ONA).