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Communication Studies

COMMUNICATION IS VITAL IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE CAREER. WHEN YOU MAJOR IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES, YOU MASTER THE ART OF VERBAL AND WRITTEN EXPRESSION. YOU GAIN KNOWLEDGE AND A SKILLSET THAT WILL BE IN DEMAND NO MATTER WHERE YOUR PATH LEADS YOU.

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!

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

GET INVOLVED

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.



THINK SUCCESS

MARGO ROSEUM BA WITH MAJORS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES AND MARKETING ’15

Communication studies was an eye-opening and life-changing path. For me, it was more than a major, it was a shift in thinking and perceiving. At ONU, I pushed myself, had incredible opportunities and learned so much. My ONU experiences absolutely prepared me to enter the professional world ready to take risks and follow my passions.

Margo Roseum has two ardent passions – people and nature. At ONU, she pursued both with a double major in communication studies and marketing and a minor in environment studies. She took advantage of numerous opportunities to build leadership skills and expand her viewpoint by studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and interning at Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska and at OxFam, an international nonprofit. She also started and headed a campus chapter of OxFam and was active in many organizations and honorary societies in communications and business. Today, Margo is a seasonal interpretive ranger at Yellowstone National Park, where she coordinates formal and informal programming for visitors from all over the world. Her career places her at the intersection of history, cultural and nature – exactly where she wants to be.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top 200 program for creative students.
  • Over the past five years, an average of 100 percent of our communication studies majors were employed in full-time employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

COURSES

You’ll need 120 credit hours to graduate. 31 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

 

 

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

CAREERS

  • Admissions counselor
  • Advertising specialist
  • Broadcaster
  • Creative director
  • Human resources manager
  • Industrial and labor relations
  • Media planner
  • Marketing specialist
  • News writer
  • Public researcher
  • Copywriter
  • Reporter
  • Public relations or marketing professional
  • Librarian
  • Business or nonprofit manager

RECENT GRADUATES

Check out where some of our recent communication studies graduates have ended up: United Way of Central Ohio (Digital Content Manager), University of Michigan (Assistant Director of Alumni Relations), Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (Special Events Manager), Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Behavioral Health Intake Coordinator).

Communication and Media Studies

Erin B. Swick

419-772-1088
e-swick@onu.edu
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