MASTER THE ART OF COMMUNICATION
Our communication studies program combines liberal arts and professional courses with opportunities for hands-on learning. Sure, you’ll study communication theories and concepts. But you’ll also put them to the test in the real world. You’ll learn to think critically, lead teams, network and negotiate. While the major can stand alone, it’s also a perfect double major or dual degree for any other field.
Here, you won’t get lost in the crowd. You’ll be part of close-knit family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your classmates. Your dedicated professors will get to know you. They will guide you in your coursework, hands-on learning, internships, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and will open doors for you.
Our small setting equals big opportunity. From writing stories for the online campus paper to studying abroad, from assisting a professor with research to attending a national PRSSA conference, you’ll discover countless opportunities to expand your horizons and build your résumé.
Upon graduation, you’ll have a portfolio of work and a communication skillset that will impress employers in any field. The world awaits!
The students in our chapter of the Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA) consistently win national awards. That’s no small feat considering they compete against more than 10,000 public relations students nationwide. PRSSA offers lots of opportunities to learn about the profession, compete in national competitions, and socialize and network. At ONU, we even pair each PRSSA member with a mentor – usually an ONU alumnus – who offers career advice, job tips and more. Our PRSSA chapter also operates True North – a student-run public relations firm that adheres to the seven standards for excellence in practice established by PRSSA.
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
Imagine traveling to a major U.S. city – all expenses paid – with your communications professors and fellow students to attend a professional conference. Or spending a semester at Salford University in Manchester, England – home of the BBC and MediaCityUK – to work on media projects. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.
JOHN TAYLOR BA WITH A MAJOR IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES ’11
“Communication studies is an excellent major because technology is constantly evolving and people are always looking for new and creative ways to communicate with each other. Having professional communication skills is invaluable and useful in almost every career. Whether it’s creating excitement at the casino while hosting a game show, or creating a stunning wedding video for a bride and groom, I love to make other people happy. Being able to create or do something that generates excitement is what fuels me.”
John Taylor operated an online radio station when he was just 13 years old. Clearly, he was destined for a career in electronic media. At ONU, he was a student manager for ONU’s radio station and television station. He became involved in music, performing with several ONU ensembles. He even traveled to China for a performance tour. He was a member of the President’s Club, College Broadcasters Inc., and Lambda Pi Eta (the communication studies honorary). Today, he lives in Florida, where he does promotions and is head emcee at Tampa’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – the world’s sixth-largest casino. He also owns and operates his own digital media company, JP Taylor Creative, specializing in video production, website design, graphic design and social media.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top 200 program for creative students.
You’ll need 120 credit hours to graduate. 39 credit hours in communication studies major. We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue courses or a minor that will make you more attractive to a potential employer.
Here are some courses you’ll take as an communication studies major:
- Presentational Speaking
- Interpersonal Communication
- Communication Theory
- Organizational Communication
- Cross-Cultural Communication
- Film Study and Analysis
- Health Communication
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