Press release submitted by WIU|
MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - The Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) has announced the addition of a communication major at the WIU-Quad Cities campus.
The additional major will give WIU-QC students the opportunity to focus their undergraduate studies on an in-demand field, according to Sharon Evans, COFAC interim dean.
"The College and the Department of Communication are both very pleased to provide the dynamic and varied communication major in the Quad Cities," Evans explained. "Employers continue to tell us that our graduates have the right skill set to add value to their companies."
According to Pete Jorgensen, communication chair, graduates of the WIU Communication program in Macomb are routinely recruited and hired by companies like Target, Walgreens, John Deere and State Farm Insurance. Jorgensen states that "the Communication major offers an extraordinarily flexible degree that prepares students for entry into a wide variety of professional career paths." Both the number of interested companies and prospective students continue to grow, he added.
Joe Rives, vice president for the Quad Cities, planning and technology, explained that the new major serves a great need in the community. "We're excited to meet this high demand area with a new educational opportunity with a high quality program emphasizing academic excellence", Rives said.
The Quad Cities Communication major focuses on the primary areas of organizational communication and interpersonal communication, although additional emphases in persuasion and rhetoric would be available through coursework offered in Macomb. The major provides students with both theoretical and applied knowledge, emphasizing the key role that communication plays in all aspects of human interaction. The new degree is another element in the continuing growth of the WIU-QC campus, noted Joe Rives.
The communication minor has been offered in the Quad Cities since 2008. The new communication major will prepare students to enter a variety of professions including event planner, sales, college recruiter, business, training and development, politics, and more.
For more information about the Communication major or minor and other programs of study, visit www.wiu.edu/cofac/communication or wiu.edu/qc or call 309-762-9481.