Bachelor Communications Studies
The School of Communication Studies (COMS) embraces a liberal arts orientation whereby students learn to pose questions and pursue answers by critically thinking, describing, synthesizing, critiquing, and imagining. Across courses, students explore how messages and relational interactions shape and in turn are shaped by institutions, emerging technologies, and globalization. Our goal is to cultivate the lifelong development of communication competencies that individuals need to coordinate action, solve problems, foster well-being, engage in creative activity, and participate in civic life.
All of our students are Communication Studies majors but they are encouraged to personalize curricular choices as guided by their professional goals. Students may pursue a concentration in one of three overlapping areas: Organizational Communication, Health Communication, and Communication and Public Advocacy. Click on an area of study to learn more about coursework and potential career pathways.
How to Apply:
Students interested in applying to the Communication Studies program must schedule an appointment for advising. For advising contact:
Purba Das, Ph.D.
Campus Program Liaison
Riffe: 170, 1804 Liberty Avenue
Ironton, OH 45648
Students must submit at the time of application a two page essay on why they wish to pursue a degree in communication studies.
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for consideration.
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.
Students focused on health communication are concerned with people’s communication and knowledge needs in such areas as the relationships between patients and their healthcare providers, family dynamics, dissemination of health information, and the use of emerging technology to improve health and healthcare. Learning about health communication is inspired by questions including:
How are healthcare relationships created, maintained, and shifted through communication? How do families communicate about health? How do cultural differences shape health communication? How do environmental, economic, and political forces impact health communication? How do emerging technologies shape health communication practices? How are health campaigns designed, implemented, and evaluated?
Recent graduates are employed in healthcare organizations as patient advocates or in human resources, in non-profit health agencies, and as pharmaceutical sales representatives.
Communication is a defining feature of organizations. Organizational communication is the study of how individuals construct and exchange messages to enable goal-oriented activity and cope with uncertainty. Coursework adopts a communication approach to exploring organizational structures, interpersonal relationships, power and control, leadership, organizational socialization, and diversity at work.
Recent graduates are employed in major consulting firms, national financial service providers, conference planning companies, and information management organizations.
Communication and Public Advocacy
Students concentrating their studies in Communication and Public Advocacy focus on the integration of political and legal communication theory and practice. Coursework emphasizes the role of communication in argument, debate, and politics, including the ethical and rhetorical implications of constitutional guarantees and persuasive strategies characteristic of contemporary political communication.
Recent graduates are attending nationally-ranked law schools, working as state legislative staff, lobbying in Washington, D.C., and managing political campaigns.