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Department News

AU Students to Present at OCA Conference

This week, Ashland University will be hosting the Ohio Conference Association’s (OCA) 80th Annual Conference, the theme of which is Strong Roots – Branches of… Read more

PRSSA Event: Overcoming Diversity with Communication

Contact Jenna Marsh, president of Ashland PRSSA, at jmarsh2 at, with questions. Read more

Publications & Research

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Shout out to D.O.C.S. students who are in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Congratulations to: Alayna Anderson, Ashley Gies, Halee Heironimus,… Read more

Communication Studies Rise to Relevance

by Jason Schmitt At a college near you, at this very moment, a student is switching their major to Communication Studies. As an academic discipline,… Read more

Mansfield's WMFD-TV talks with Dr. Theodore Avtgis about AU's new Health & Risk Communication major.

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Faculty Spotlight

Pravin Rodrigues Ashland University Communication Studies Intercultural Communication
Dr. Rodgrigues began his graduate studies in the U.S in 1991. He received a M.A. in mass communication and a Ph. D. in interpersonal and...Read more

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Give to the Department of Communication Studies

Give TodayBy donating any amount you're making a big difference in our department's future. To designate your gift to communication studies, select “Other” in the "Designated Options" and type the department's name in the associated box.

Communication Studies is a field that encompasses Health and Risk Communication, Public Relations and Strategic Communication and Sport Communication. Communication Studies involves all aspects of human interaction in all contexts including organizational, interpersonal, persuasion, healthcare, sports, family, small group, mass and mediated and other contexts of communication.

What you will enjoy about Communication Studies:

  • Engaging in communication research and revealing interesting insights into how human beings communicate

  • Gaining the needed skills that are required for today’s communication specialist that will translate into many career opportunities

  • Getting involved in the various opportunities to aid underserved through the application of communication concepts and strategies

Student & Faculty Research

The faculty and students of the Department of Communication Studies work closely together to create cutting edge research that is frequently presented at state and regional conferences. Such collaboration between faculty and student has resulted in a “culture of scholarship” that provides the students with the research skills that are heavily sought after by employers in all sectors. Our students carry these research experiences with them into the workplace or on to graduate school. Some of the research projects that our students have presented at conferences include the following:

  • "The Ashland YMCA: Rejuvenating a Legacy"
  • "Have a Heart: Become an Organ Donor"
  • "Caregivers of People Suffering from Alzheimer's Disease"

In Their Own Words

Hear what our students and Alumni have to say about the Department of Communication Studies
Megan Wise
Coming in as a student at Ashland University, I could not have dreamed up the path of opportunities and experiences that the Department of Communication Studies has given me. Classes are not merely made up of lectures and notes, but rather provide time for students to develop their own... more
Megan Wise, Class of 2013
Nell Cronin
The Communication Department is tremendous. The professors of this department really make you feel at ease and are always willing to listen and then take action and help. They are a second family to each student in the department. The Communication classes are very educational but at the same... more
Nell Cronin, Junior
Christina Miadich
I am very proud to say that I am a part of the Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University. This department has provided me with some of the best experiences that I have had as an undergraduate student.  Among the classes and conferences to the faculty and students in the... more
Christina Miadich, Class of 2013
Kate Lentz
My first year at Ashland, Dr. Avtgis was the new director of the department and I didn't know what to expect. I came to Ashland as a Sports Communication and Journalism/Digital Media double major. I was the Vice President of the Sports Communication Club, then got handed the Presidential... more
Kate Lentz, Class of 2014
Kayla Ray
The communication program at Ashland University has helped me find out who I really am. Both the professors and the classwork have guided me through the confusing and challenging process of finding out what I am passionate about in a professional standpoint. The Communication department has... more
Kayla Ray, Class of 2014
Angelique Cunningham
In my time spent at Ashland University, I have come to understand that each of our faculty members brings amazing contributions as educators and more importantly as genuine caring people. They all have an ability to enlighten, inspire, motivate, and challenge their students. Upon entering... more
Angelique Cunningham, Class of 2012
Cody White
Communication studies at Ashland University has prepared me for post-undergraduate life through the guidance of the fantastic faculty and the real-world scenarios and applications that they provided me in every class session. The lessons that I learned through my time in the Department of... more
Cody White, Class of 2012