Bachelor Communication Studies

General

Program Description

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 the 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 skill set that will impress employers in any field. The world awaits!

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Ignite your Passion

Land an internship you’ll love. Gain experience in the real world and build a resume that stands out.

Dive In and Do It

Be prepared to be busy! We take learning outside the classroom and into the real world.

  • WONB FM 94.9 The Beat
  • ONU3-TV
  • Northern Review
  • Study Abroad
  • PRSSA
  • True North PR
  • PRestige
  • Firm Trips
  • Social Media Workshop

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Our graduates are ready to hit the ground running immediately after graduation. They can be found making a difference in many fields. Check out where you could end up:

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Learning Outcomes

Students in the communication studies major will:

  • Demonstrate effective critical and creative thinking skills evident in their ability to analyze and synthesize materials from a variety of sources and perspectives and applied to solve different types of problems.
  • Possess a working knowledge of several foundational theories across the communication discipline and understand how those theories inform the practice of communication.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in public presentations, including organization, research, argumentation, delivery, visual aids, and audience adaptation.
  • Display knowledge of and ability to locate and utilize research materials to construct arguments and support positions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective written communication using discipline-relevant formats (APA and AP styles) correctly.
  • Demonstrate professionalism with regard to business attire, appropriate email usage, business letter writing, interviewing skills, personal social media content, and ability to interact in professional contexts.
  • Display knowledge and application of both personal and professional standards of ethics.

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Curriculum

We offer a flexible curriculum so you can add a minor that will make you more attractive to a potential employer. Take classes like Presentational Speaking; Communication Theory; Organizational Communication; Cross-Cultural Communication and Field Study Analysis.

Year 1

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
CAMS 1301 Presentational Speaking 3 CAMS 2311 Interpersonal Communication 3
TREX 1001 Transitions Experience Course 3 CAMS Writing Selection 3
ENGL 1221 Writing Seminar 3 CAMS Communication Contexts Selection 3
Modern Language 3 Modern Language 3
Distribution Requirement 3 Distribution Requirement 3
Total 15 Total 15

Year 2

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
CAMS Rhetorical Studies Selection 3 CAMS Research Methods Selection 3
CAMS Communication Contexts Selection 3 CAMS Rhetorical Studies Selection 3
Distribution Requirement 3 Distribution Requirement 3
Distribution Requirement 3 Distribution Requirement 3
Distribution Requirement 3 Distribution Requirement 3
Total 15 Total 15

Year 3

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
Diverse Cultures Seminar 3 CAMS 4331 Communication Theory 3
Distribution Requirement 3 CAMS 3371 Internship 1
Distribution Requirement 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total 15 Elective 3
Total 16

Year 4

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
CAMS 4381 Capstone 2 CAMS 4381 Capstone 1
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective (at least 2 credit hours) 2 Total 15
Total 16

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Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, E ... Read More

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Since our inception in 1871, we’ve been devoted to developing students who are ready to immerse themselves and progress to the next level? in everything they do. Read less