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Areas of Study

Communication Studies (Major, minor)

Our majors earn a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies; a minor is also offered. The concentration may be combined with a second major or a minor for a focus that is directed toward a student’s specific career interest.

Public Relations (Major, minor)

Our majors earn a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in public relations; a minor is also offered. The Public Relations curriculum helps students learn both conceptual and functional skills. Internships and activities courses provide exceptional opportunities for students to develop contact among area professionals and to produce materials to include in their portfolios.

Multimedia Journalism (Major, minor)

Our majors earn a bachelor of arts in Multimedia Journalism; a minor is also offered. The multimedia journalism program is an integrated, interdisciplinary program that teaches students the skills necessary to work in multiple media platforms – print, digital, online, and broadcast – in the fields of journalism, public relations, promotions, or advertising.  TV reporters no longer just report and shoot video; they write for their station's website. Newspaper reporters no longer just report and write stories; they shoot still photos, video, and make audio recordings for the Web versions of their stories--in addition to constantly updating their stories for the Web.

Digital Media Production (minor)

The Digital Media Production minor emphasizes the production process, from concept to completion. Through hands-on instruction and theory-based project management coursework students learn how to create and distribute their content via the web, through traditional media channels, in independent media, and in corporate settings. Students in the Digital Media Production program explore the production of content for television, websites and interactive media. With studies in digital video production and editing, graphic design, interactive media and web design, students develop a broad skill set and an understanding of both traditional and new media.

Social Media (minor)

The advent of social media has provided new and exciting platforms to connect companies to their customers, nonprofit organizations to their donors and beneficiaries, government agencies to the citizens they serve and family and friends to one another in an unprecedented manner.  According to Forrester Research, the social media marketing industry is expected to grow to $3.1 billion by 2015. In 2011, McKinsey & Company published a report estimating the potential business value yet to be realized from social technologies is more than $1.3 trillion. Ohio Northern provides students in many different majors across campus the ability to graduate with skills that are at the forefront in this rapidly growing and evolving field.

Communication and Media Studies

Erin B. Swick

Performing Arts Center 130
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed