Ideas make an impact. 

Students in the Department of Communication examine the workings of our information society and the broad influence of the media. The department focuses on two areas—media studies and rhetoric. Students gain an understanding of media industries and learn to develop persuasive arguments and to communicate them effectively in speaking and writing. Combined with training in research methods and a robust internship program—students graduate with the critical thinking skills in high demand by employers.

Princeton Review lists Lake Forest College as one of the top colleges to study communication.

Make career moves with our robust communication internship program

Our internships with top-notch organizations—including widely recognized leaders in advertising, marketing, media management, journalism, and others—provide graduates with a competitive edge in the job search. Students have connected with organizations that enable them to pursue their dream careers. Our location just an hour north of Chicago means that students can access the wealth of opportunity a big city brings. There are countless organizations for communication internships in Chicago with a wide variety of industries to choose from, so students can pursue their passions and follow a path to a stable career. 

Internship Locations
  • Brickfish
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Chicago Public Radio
  • Chicago Sky
  • Cumulus Media
  • FACETS Multimedia
  • The Field Museum
  • NBC 5 Chicago
  • Ravenswood Media
  • Ravinia Festival
  • Starcom Mediavest
  • WGN-TV
Our Professors are Experts in…
  • Mass Communication Theory
  • Theoretical Perspectives on New Media
  • Feminist Rhetoric
  • American Public Address
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Rhetoric of Science and Religion
  • New Media and Communication Technologies
  • Rhetoric of Humor
  • Media Industry Studies
Popular Courses
  • New Media and Society
  • Media Systems and Institutions
  • Race, Class, Gender, and the Media
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Women’s Rhetoric and Feminist Critique
I knew from the start I wanted to do business and communication at Lake Forest College. I knew the liberal arts education would set me in the right direction because of the broad understanding of both the business and communication majors.
Kyra Vidas '18

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Everything in my Lake Forest experience has led me to achieving my academic and career goals.

Contact Us

Camille Yale
Associate Professor of Communication
Chair of Communication
Brown Hall 420

Kathy Hawkins
Department Assistant
Brown Hall 255

Prachi Rangan
Department Assistant
Brown Hall 255