Experiential Learning


NIU Forensics is a student organization devoted to a wide range of competitive and noncompetitive speech activities. Formed in 1928, NIU Forensics has a rich history of providing students hands-on training in argumentation, advocacy, public speaking and performance. Members often win awards or place highly in competitive events.. 

Lamda Pi Eta - COMS Honor Society

The NIU chapter of the national Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society is always recruiting for new scholarly members. Lambda Pi Eta is the National Communication Association’s Honor Society for undergraduate majors and minors in communication.

Northern Public Radio (WNIJ-FM)

WNIJ (89.5 FM) is a National Public Radio-affiliated radio station located in DeKalb. While it operates out of the university, it maintains its independence as a news service, providing local content and NPR programming. NIU journalism students often attain internships through WNIJ.

Northern Star

The Northern Star is one of the top student newspapers in Illinois, as rated by the Illinois College Press Association. Since 1899, the paper has covered local stories at NIU and in the northern Illinois region, and given numerous students invaluable experience. Though the Star operates independently of the NIU Dept. of Communication, our students routinely work for the Star.

Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival

This is an event planning course where students review films, create electronic and print publicity and invite a guest speaker. The course culminates in a three day film festival on campus.

Undergraduate Advising

Laura Vazquez, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Watson Hall 213

Olivia Monteiro
Academic Advisor
Watson Hall 217

Undergraduate Advising Info