Department Summary


  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Sports Communication
  • Television Arts


The Caterpillar Global Communication Center, a 40,000 square foot technologically sophisticated facility in which every classroom and lab is linked to the Internet, local cable TV, and to the University computer system. A distance learning facility through which faculty build links between the campus and the communication professions, and between the United States and learning opportunities overseas.

Innovative teaching

Award-winning faculty, media-enriched course presentations, on-line learning opportunities, communication expeditions to media capitals, service-learning and project-based course work. Student/faculty collaborations on research and creative projects, including papers to be presented at national conferences, the editing of national journals, co-authoring of textbooks, teacher’s manuals, and the production of an Emmy-award winning weekly television feature series.

The Bradley Speech Team

The Bradley Speech Team has won multiple national championships in the National Forensics Association and American Forensics Association competitions. 

Faculty backgrounds

In order to forge wider networks, our faculty drew on experience in diverse communication contexts including leadership in major scholarly organizations, major corporate advertising agencies in the United States and abroad, professional television and radio production, reporting and commentary, newspaper publishing, editing, positions as political columnists, public relations directors, magazine editors, consultant to health organizations, and U.S. and Abroad media companies and agencies.

Extracurricular and Pre-professional Opportunities

American Advertising Federation, Bradley Scout (weekly student newspaper), The Edge (student-operated and student-programmed radio station), Bradley Speech Team, BU TV News (student-produced, live weekly 30-minute program featured on local cable), Public Relations Student Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists, International Association of Business Communicators, and the Bradley University Athletics Association.

Internship and Employment Opportunities

Two daily and six weekly newspapers; six television stations; fourteen radio stations (five AM, nine FM), with NPR and PBS affiliates nearby; international companies (Caterpillar Inc., Maui Jim) and thriving advertising/public relations agencies; major medical regional centers (OSF Saint Francis, UnityPoint Methodist/Proctor).