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Department News

Dr. Rodriguez receives Mentor Award for 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Rodriguez who received the Mentor Award for 2016. On January 28th, eight faculty and staff members were honored with this award during… Read more

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Publishes Book Chapter

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, published a book chapter titled "Navigating Courses: The Impact of Visual Impairment on the… 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