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Bachelor Communication Studies


The guiding philosophy of the undergraduate program of the School of Communication Studies is to bring together the best features of liberal arts and professional education. The core courses combine theory and practice as they seek to teach students the historical and conceptual foundations of the communication field. At the same time they equip students with skills in speaking, writing, critical thinking, discussion, and problem solving. The individual concentrations and their associated courses specialize in different branches of the communication field. Complementing the core courses and the concentration courses is a related area requirement obligating students to take a minimum of 28 hours of courses consonant with their concentrations and career aspirations.  
There are two populations who may apply for admission to the communication degree program at the regional campuses. Criteria for each group are discussed below:
An incoming new student at the regional campus who has applied for admission, usually through Student Services. To be admitted to the School of Communication Studies Program ALL incoming freshmen must meet the following standards:
  • Top 30% of their high school class
  • Minimum score of 21 ACT or 990 SAT
Student Services at each regional campus will pull applications for those incoming individuals identified for COMS. The new Student Services "Primary Contact" individual will determine that the individual meets requirements for admission as specified by catalog. The Point Person and Communication Degree Programs will verify the acceptability of the candidate and assume responsibility for submission of the Update Form and/or the Related Area Form after an individual has been issued a Letter of Acceptance to the School of Communication Studies.
These students may be from other degree programs at Ohio University or other institutions of higher education. To be admitted to the Communication Degree program, transfer students MUST meet the following standards:
  • Earned a minimum of 48 quarter hours (32 semester hours)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0
NOTE: Simply meeting the transfer requirements does not guarantee approval of a transfer request. All transfer requests will be processed to and through the Point Person and Communication Degree Program at each regional campus.
Related Area Requirement
Beyond the requirements for each major concentration, COMS students must complete an additional relevant area of study totaling 28 credit hours. This expectation allows students to direct their program of study to almost any career goal. Related areas are chosen by the student and his/her advisor in accordance with specific interests to the student. The related area of each student largely determines a career path for that student. The Southern Campus has been given permission for the following Associate Degrees to be used toward the 28 credit hour related area as well:
  • Accounting Technology
  • Business Management Technology
  • Electronic Media
  • Equine Studies
  • Human Service Technology
  • Office Technology
  • Travel and Tourism
All other Associate Degrees and Minors must be approved by the Southern Campus School of communication studies Coordinator or through the Athens School of Communication Studies.
48 Hour Rule
According to the Ohio University Catalog, after students transfer into the College of Communication , you must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours as a resident of the school conferring the degree. In certain cases, exceptions may be made by the academic dean in consultation with the director of the school you plan to enter.
All majors in the School of Communication Studies must complete a 28 hour sequence of seven courses composing a common core of knowledge. This requirement provides all majors with a foundation upon which the area of concentration is built. A grade of C or better is required in each course in the core.
For More Information Contact:
Purba Das
Campus Program Liaison, Communication

The major in Communication Studies provides students with the best features of a liberal arts and a professional education. The core courses, in combination with the University's General Education requirements, provide students with opportunities to develop competencies through examining the role played by communication in various contexts. The concentration is the means through which students develop a specialization, while exploring the broad spectrum of human communication. The concentrations provide a focus to the major but are not intended to be career specific. Majors are expected to complete the requirements of at least one of the following three concentrations: Health Communication, Organizational Communication, and Communication and Public Advocacy. Each concentration provides skills and competencies applicable to a variety of potential careers.
Health Communication
Health Communication professionals and the organizations in which they work are concerned with meeting people's communication and knowledge needs in such areas as the relationships between patients and their health care providers, family dynamics, dissemination of health information, and cultural and gender influences on communication. Recent graduates are employed in large health care companies, national nonprofit health agencies, and research institutions. Some of the alumni are now pursuing graduate degrees.
Organizational Communication
Students focused on Organizational Communication are preparing for professional careers in business, education, government, industry, or the nonprofit sector. The skills and competencies acquired through this concentration enable students to understand the dynamics of, and function more effectively in, organizational structures. Recent graduates are employed in major consulting firms, national financial service providers, conference planning companies, and information management organizations. Former Organizational Communication students are also pursuing graduate studies.
Communication and Public Advocacy
Students in this concentration experience an integration of political and legal communication theory and practice. The courses emphasize the role of communication in argument, debate, and politics, including the ethical and rhetorical implications of constitutional guarantees of political, social, and religious speech and persuasive strategies characteristic of contemporary political communication. Recent graduates are attending law school, working in state legislative roles, managing political campaigns, and attending graduate school.