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.
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
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
Related Area Requirement
Business Management Technology
Human Service Technology
Travel and Tourism
48 Hour Rule
Associate Professor, Communications
Dingus Technology Center 128
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.
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.
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.