Harper College

Communication and Media Bachelor's Degree Completion at Harper University Center

As a partner of the Harper University Center, DePaul University is offering the opportunity for students earning an Associate of Arts or with equivalent credit hours the ability to complete a BA in Communcation and Media on-site at Harper College. As a Communication and Media major, you will take courses from a variety of programs in the College of Communication: Communication Studies, Media and Cinema Studies, Communication and Technology, Journalism, Organizational Communication, and Public Relations and Advertising.

Benefits of this program include:

  • Discounted tuition rate, 25% lower than the university's undergraduatetuition.
  • Courses taught by DePaul College of Communication faculty both on- site at the Harper University Center in Palatine and online.
  • A cohort model for taking courses, where you will have the support of fellow students at each and every point along the way.
  • A set course schedule each academic term allowing you to plan your commitments and manage your schedule.

In the College of Communication, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the complex and challenging communication practices and processes that characterize our rapidly changing world. You’ll master the techniques for crafting and delivering messages across a variety of social contexts and platforms: face-to-face, print, audio, video, web, and other social media.

Cohorts officially begin each fall quarter in September.

DePaul at Harper University Center Sample Schedule

DePaul Fall - Term 1

MCS 208 History of Cinema 1945-1975
MCS 341 Topics in Radio Studies
ORGC 201 Business & Professional Communication
PRAD 244 Principles of Advertising OR PRAD 255 Public Relations OR Religious Dimensions/Philosophical Inquiry course

DePaul Winter - Term 2

CMM 101 Intro to Human Communication
PRAD 335 Advertising & Society
MCS 271 Media & Cultural Studies
JOUR 275 Introduction to Journalism OR CMNS OR ORGC topics

DePaul Spring - Term 3

CMNS 230 Performance: Communication, Creativity and the Body 
JOUR 377 Special Topics in Journalism
MCS 342 History of TV & Radio
CMN 103 Intercultural Communication OR College of Communication elective

DePaul Summer - Term 4

CMN 394 Online Communication Internship OR Approved Service Learning Experiential Learning course
Religious Dimensions/Philosophical Inquiry Learning Domain online (if not yet completed)

DePaul Fall - Term 5

PRAD 374 Media Relations
CMNS 313 Nonverbal Commuication
MCS 353 Topics in Media Studies
JOUR 361 Journalism Law and Ethics

DePaul Winter - Term 6

PRAD 256 Writing for Public Relations and Advertising
PRAD 291 Research Methods for PRAD
CMNS/ORGC Topics course

DePaul Spring - Term 7

CMN 396 Capstone in Communication 
Elective OR Religious Dimensions/Philiosophical Inquiry (if not yet completed)

Actual degree plans will vary depending on transfer credits and previous courses completed. Degree completion time will vary by the number of courses students complete each term. DePaul University reserves the right to modify the courses offered and course schedules.

Recommended Courses:
Students planning to enroll in the Communication and Media degree at Harper University Center are strongly encouraged to complete the IAI General Education Requirement at their community college as well as the equivalents to the DePaul courses listed below prior to their enrollment in the program.

  • CMN 102 Intro to Mass Communication
  • CMN 104 Public Speaking
  • PRAD 244 Principles of Advertising OR PRAD 255 Public Relations
  • JOUR 275 Intro to Journalism

Admission Process:

  • Submit an application at depaul.edu/apply, selecting "Harper University Center" when prompted on the Partnerships and Agreements page of the application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities where you have previously enrolled.
  • There is no application fee for this program.
  • You do not need to have attended Harper College for admission to this.
  • Once your application is complete and you have been admitted, you will be contacted by the DePaul academic advisor to schedule an initial advising appointment.

For More Information Contact:

Heidi Wirth
Assistant Director| Undergraduate Admission | Transfer Recruitment and Admission | DePaul University
Phone: (312) 362-8610
Text: (312) 820-8520


Students can make an appointment with Heidi here: https://connect.depaul.edu/portal/appointments-wirth



Last Updated: 12/14/23