Department of Communication Studies

Contact Us

Department Chair

Gwen A. Hullman, PhD
419.289.5298
ghullman@ashland.edu

Department Contact

120 Center for the Arts
419.289.5139
commstudies@ashland.edu

Mission

The Department of Communication Studies is dedicated to its students by providing innovative and diverse leadership, intellectual rigor, and collaboration in a culture of scholarship.

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Broadening Your Communication Career

Are you passionate about connecting with others and seeking a career that builds relationships? Consider the Communication Studies program at Ashland University. This comprehensive program will prepare you for a broad range of careers in communication.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Driving Health Management

Ashland University’s revolutionary Health and Risk Communication Program is one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind in the nation. It focuses on two of the fast growing industries: health and safety.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Preparing the Faces of the Future

Are you an effective communicator looking to expand your skills? Do you want to play an integral role in the ever-changing, dynamic field of communication? Look no further than Ashland University’s Public Relations and Strategic Communication program.

In today’s complex, digitally connected world,...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Uniting Sport and People

Do you have passion for sports and an interest in communication? Consider merging your interests in the Sport Communication program at Ashland University.

No other sport communication program in the country takes the same full-circle approach to the field as we do, making...

Graduate
Degree Type: MA

Are you a dedicated professional looking to improve your strategic communication skills?

Ashland University's Master of Fine Arts in Corporate Strategic Communication (MACSC) program is one of the most innovative programs nationwide.

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year

Description of Communication Studies courses

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Communication Studies
BA in Communication Studies (Minor Required) Four-Year Guide
BA in Communication Studies (Online Adult 7-week sessions) Course Rotation
Health and Risk Communication
Health & Risk Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Health and Risk Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Health & Risk Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Public Relations & Strategic Communication
Health & Risk Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Public Relations and Strategic Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication
Sport Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Health & Risk Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide

Organizations

Student Organizations

Communication Studies students will find many opportunities to be involved in the department. Being an active member of the department will help you build character, gain leadership skills, encourage scholarship and create lasting professional relationships with your professors and peers, all of which help you build your portfolio.

Lambda Pi Eta

Students who have shown excellence in scholarship within the department and the University may be asked to join Lambda Pi Eta (LPE). LPE is the National Communication Association's official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. There are LPE chapters worldwide.

Public Relations Student Society of America

The Ashland University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was formed in Spring 2013. PRSSA is the foremost organization for students interested in communications and public relations. PRSSA helps you enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career in public relations.

Sport Communication Club

A student-run organization dedicated to the study and practice of sport communication. Membership is open to all students on campus.

For information, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Cory Hillman, chillman@ashland.edu

Faculty

Cory Hillman
Dr. Cory Hillman
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
335, Center for the Arts
419.289.5748 / chillman@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
Gwen Hullman
Dr. Gwen Hullman
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Chair, Department of Communication Studies
326, Center for the Arts
419.289.5298 / ghullman@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
Dan O'Rourke, Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, Ashland University
Dr. Dan O'Rourke
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
328, Center for the Arts
419.289.5141 / dorourke@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Professor of Communication, Director of the Online Communication Studies Program
329, Center for the Arts
419.289.5143 / drandall@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies

Department News

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Presents with Communication Studies Alumna, Kelsey Nicolay

Cover of text, The Discourse of Disability in Communication Education, containing chapter on which Dr. Randall-Griffiths and Ms. Nicolay presentedDr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Professor and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program in the Department of Communication Studies, presented a session with alumna Kelsey Nicolay titled Communication is the Key to Breaking Down Barriers for the American Council of the Blind Regional Conference, Columbus, OH.
Nicolay graduated from Ashland University in 2013 with a double major in French and Communication Studies. She and Dr. Randall-Griffiths presented content from a chapter they co-authored for the book The Discourse of Disablity in Communication Education: Narrative-based Research for Social Change. (edited by Atay and Ashlock and published in 2016).
For more information about the American Council of the Blind, please visit their website here. ...Read more

Dr. Gwen Hullman and Health & Risk major Camille Pollutro Present at National Conference

Dr. Gwen Hullman and Camille Pollutro (Criminal Justice and Health & Risk Communication major) presented "Strategic Messaging Elements of the Tips from Former Smokers Centers for Disease Control Video Campaign" at the National Communication Association's 105th Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD last week. The conference focused on Communication for Survival, which "encourages Communication scholars and practitioners alike to think about the vital role communication plays in survival."

To learn more about the National Communication Association, visit their website. ...Read more

First Public Relations Student Society of America Meeting- open to all communication studies students!

Monday, September 16 - 7:00 p.m.CFA 302 (Pizza provided)
COM Studies students are invited to attend this introductory meeting to learn the benefits of joining PRSSA!
Networking, internships, scholarships, guest speakers, conferences, participation in the national Bateman Case Study competition & more!
It's time to join the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)! PRSSA is a student-led organization that is open to all communication studies students, and seeks to “advance the public relations profession by developing ethically responsible pre-professionals who champion diversity, strive for an outstanding education and advocate for the profession” (http://prssa.prsa.org/about-prssa/mission/). AU students participate in leadership and service through this organization, and have attended social media conferences, regional PRSA meetings, and for the last two years participated in the Bateman Case Study Competition. In addition, monthly PRSSA meetings include guest speakers, PRSSA professional development webinars, internship sessions and social networking opportunities.
Our first meeting is coming up on Monday, September 16th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in CFA 302. During this meeting, Professor Shawn Orr will introduce the association and share the benefits of joining, and an election for officers for this year's chapter will be held. Students will also hear from a newly-graduated public relations student who will share her experiences with PRSSA and how it impacted her ability to find a job right after graduation. ...Read more

Taking Group Presentations into the Future

Advanced Public Speaking, COM 301, has taken group presentations to a new level. Instead of the typical face-to-face presentation in which groups present a symposium type speech (each person in the group presents his/her part), groups collaborated to create mock webinars.

Webinars are online seminars and their purpose is to enhance the listeners’ understanding of a topic associated with the organization. They can be strictly informative or they can have a persuasive push.

Topics presented by the groups included: the cost of being healthy, nutritional guidelines, professionalism as a collegiate leader, and the life of an AU student. 
Following the format of traditional webinars, one person in the group acted as the moderator and the other group members acted as “expert” panelists. The moderator ran the presentation by providing a thorough background on the topic and then transitioning to the panelists by asking questions. The panelists presented their part, imparting their expertise on the topic.
Moderator, Madison Graver, introduces her “expert” panelists:
Tiffany Price, Ashley Helenthal, and Bailey Winand.
The group created a webinar discussing the MyPlate nutritional guidelines.
Groups also had to create a cohesive slideshow. Using Google slides allowed the students to create their own slides within one file. One member of the group was in charge of choosing the slideshow template as well as running the slideshow during the presentation.

The webinars were recorded using Zoom Video Conferencing. According to Keith Harris from AU’s Academic Technology Department, this class was the first to use the Zoom platform for recording organized student group presentations.

Learning how to create a webinar is an excellent opportunity for our students because webinars are gaining popularity as a form of internal and external organizational communication. Webinars are a cost-effective tool used for employee training sessions or departmental presentations as well as a channel to connect with customers, clients,...Read more

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department Chair

Gwen A. Hullman, PhD
419.289.5298
ghullman@ashland.edu

Department Contact

120 Center for the Arts
419.289.5139
commstudies@ashland.edu

Mission

Mission

The Department of Communication Studies is dedicated to its students by providing innovative and diverse leadership, intellectual rigor, and collaboration in a culture of scholarship.

Programs

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Broadening Your Communication Career

Are you passionate about connecting with others and seeking a career that builds relationships? Consider the Communication Studies program at Ashland University. This comprehensive program will prepare you for a broad range of careers in communication.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Driving Health Management

Ashland University’s revolutionary Health and Risk Communication Program is one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind in the nation. It focuses on two of the fast growing industries: health and safety.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Preparing the Faces of the Future

Are you an effective communicator looking to expand your skills? Do you want to play an integral role in the ever-changing, dynamic field of communication? Look no further than Ashland University’s Public Relations and Strategic Communication program.

In today’s complex, digitally connected world,...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Uniting Sport and People

Do you have passion for sports and an interest in communication? Consider merging your interests in the Sport Communication program at Ashland University.

No other sport communication program in the country takes the same full-circle approach to the field as we do, making...

Graduate
Degree Type: MA

Are you a dedicated professional looking to improve your strategic communication skills?

Ashland University's Master of Fine Arts in Corporate Strategic Communication (MACSC) program is one of the most innovative programs nationwide.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year

Description of Communication Studies courses

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Communication Studies
BA in Communication Studies (Minor Required) Four-Year Guide
BA in Communication Studies (Online Adult 7-week sessions) Course Rotation
Health and Risk Communication
Health & Risk Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Health and Risk Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Health & Risk Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Public Relations & Strategic Communication
Health & Risk Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Public Relations and Strategic Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication
Sport Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Health & Risk Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide

Organizations

Organizations

Student Organizations

Communication Studies students will find many opportunities to be involved in the department. Being an active member of the department will help you build character, gain leadership skills, encourage scholarship and create lasting professional relationships with your professors and peers, all of which help you build your portfolio.

Lambda Pi Eta

Students who have shown excellence in scholarship within the department and the University may be asked to join Lambda Pi Eta (LPE). LPE is the National Communication Association's official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. There are LPE chapters worldwide.

Public Relations Student Society of America

The Ashland University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was formed in Spring 2013. PRSSA is the foremost organization for students interested in communications and public relations. PRSSA helps you enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career in public relations.

Sport Communication Club

A student-run organization dedicated to the study and practice of sport communication. Membership is open to all students on campus.

For information, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Cory Hillman, chillman@ashland.edu

Faculty

Faculty

Cory Hillman
Dr. Cory Hillman
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
335, Center for the Arts
419.289.5748 / chillman@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
Gwen Hullman
Dr. Gwen Hullman
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Chair, Department of Communication Studies
326, Center for the Arts
419.289.5298 / ghullman@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
Dan O'Rourke, Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, Ashland University
Dr. Dan O'Rourke
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
328, Center for the Arts
419.289.5141 / dorourke@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Professor of Communication, Director of the Online Communication Studies Program
329, Center for the Arts
419.289.5143 / drandall@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies

Department News

Department News

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Presents with Communication Studies Alumna, Kelsey Nicolay

Cover of text, The Discourse of Disability in Communication Education, containing chapter on which Dr. Randall-Griffiths and Ms. Nicolay presentedDr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Professor and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program in the Department of Communication Studies, presented a session with alumna Kelsey Nicolay titled Communication is the Key to Breaking Down Barriers for the American Council of the Blind Regional Conference, Columbus, OH.
Nicolay graduated from Ashland University in 2013 with a double major in French and Communication Studies. She and Dr. Randall-Griffiths presented content from a chapter they co-authored for the book The Discourse of Disablity in Communication Education: Narrative-based Research for Social Change. (edited by Atay and Ashlock and published in 2016).
For more information about the American Council of the Blind, please visit their website here. ...Read more

Dr. Gwen Hullman and Health & Risk major Camille Pollutro Present at National Conference

Dr. Gwen Hullman and Camille Pollutro (Criminal Justice and Health & Risk Communication major) presented "Strategic Messaging Elements of the Tips from Former Smokers Centers for Disease Control Video Campaign" at the National Communication Association's 105th Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD last week. The conference focused on Communication for Survival, which "encourages Communication scholars and practitioners alike to think about the vital role communication plays in survival."

To learn more about the National Communication Association, visit their website. ...Read more

First Public Relations Student Society of America Meeting- open to all communication studies students!

Monday, September 16 - 7:00 p.m.CFA 302 (Pizza provided)
COM Studies students are invited to attend this introductory meeting to learn the benefits of joining PRSSA!
Networking, internships, scholarships, guest speakers, conferences, participation in the national Bateman Case Study competition & more!
It's time to join the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)! PRSSA is a student-led organization that is open to all communication studies students, and seeks to “advance the public relations profession by developing ethically responsible pre-professionals who champion diversity, strive for an outstanding education and advocate for the profession” (http://prssa.prsa.org/about-prssa/mission/). AU students participate in leadership and service through this organization, and have attended social media conferences, regional PRSA meetings, and for the last two years participated in the Bateman Case Study Competition. In addition, monthly PRSSA meetings include guest speakers, PRSSA professional development webinars, internship sessions and social networking opportunities.
Our first meeting is coming up on Monday, September 16th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in CFA 302. During this meeting, Professor Shawn Orr will introduce the association and share the benefits of joining, and an election for officers for this year's chapter will be held. Students will also hear from a newly-graduated public relations student who will share her experiences with PRSSA and how it impacted her ability to find a job right after graduation. ...Read more

Taking Group Presentations into the Future

Advanced Public Speaking, COM 301, has taken group presentations to a new level. Instead of the typical face-to-face presentation in which groups present a symposium type speech (each person in the group presents his/her part), groups collaborated to create mock webinars.

Webinars are online seminars and their purpose is to enhance the listeners’ understanding of a topic associated with the organization. They can be strictly informative or they can have a persuasive push.

Topics presented by the groups included: the cost of being healthy, nutritional guidelines, professionalism as a collegiate leader, and the life of an AU student. 
Following the format of traditional webinars, one person in the group acted as the moderator and the other group members acted as “expert” panelists. The moderator ran the presentation by providing a thorough background on the topic and then transitioning to the panelists by asking questions. The panelists presented their part, imparting their expertise on the topic.
Moderator, Madison Graver, introduces her “expert” panelists:
Tiffany Price, Ashley Helenthal, and Bailey Winand.
The group created a webinar discussing the MyPlate nutritional guidelines.
Groups also had to create a cohesive slideshow. Using Google slides allowed the students to create their own slides within one file. One member of the group was in charge of choosing the slideshow template as well as running the slideshow during the presentation.

The webinars were recorded using Zoom Video Conferencing. According to Keith Harris from AU’s Academic Technology Department, this class was the first to use the Zoom platform for recording organized student group presentations.

Learning how to create a webinar is an excellent opportunity for our students because webinars are gaining popularity as a form of internal and external organizational communication. Webinars are a cost-effective tool used for employee training sessions or departmental presentations as well as a channel to connect with customers, clients,...Read more

Advancing a Connected World

Have you noticed that almost every job description includes a requirement about excellent communication skills? The Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University prepares you to be an effective, ethical communicator in your professional role. You can specialize in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Sport Communication.

What to Expect in the Communication Studies Programs

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies prepares you for a broad range of careers by providing you with a strong foundation of speaking, listening, writing, organizational, leadership, and conflict negotiation skills as they apply to a variety of instructional and relational contexts.

Communication Studies Department Differentiators

As a Communication student, you’ll:

  • Engage in communication research and reveal interesting insights into how human beings communicate

  • Gain the skills that are required for today’s communication specialist that will translate into numerous career opportunities

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

Explore one of our many programs in Communication Studies to find one that best meets your career objective.

Accelerated Corporate and Strategic Communication Master's Program

Earn Graduate Credits While Working Towards Your Bachelor's Degree

Graduate Coursework Opportunity

Register for up to 9 graduate credit hours to be applied directly to your undergraduate degree requirements!

All Majors Welcome!

A graduate degree in Communication Studies will enhance your opportunities when job-searching.

Requirements:

1. Senior status
2. 3.0 overall GPA
3. Complete the Dual Credit application and get permission of Advisor, Chair, and Dean

Graduate Credit Courses Offered to Undergraduates:

COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies
COM 520 Research Methods in Communication Studies
These courses will replace general electives or may be used for course subsitutions with approval from your advisor.
*Additional courses may be taken. Master of Arts in Corporate & Strategic Communication (MACSC) graduate credit hour tuition rates will be applied.

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Corporate & Strategic Communication?

  • A growing focus on corporate responsibility, public safety, and preparedness has led to a need for competent communication skills and the growth of Corporate and Strategic Communication.
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers by developing communication-intensive skills that reflect equity and justice and are adaptable to an ever-changing communications land scape.
  • AU's MACSC program provides a dynamic balance of communication theory, research, and application.

Continuing in the program after graduation is easy!

With our 100% online program, no matter where you move to after graduation, you can complete your Master of Arts in Corporate and Strategic Communication degree from Ashland University.

  • Courses are offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters - 7-week courses
  • In the spring semester of your senior year, you may apply to continue in the program via graduate admissions application process.

Our Program

  • 100% online
  • Earn your master’s degree in as little as 18 months
  • 30 credit hours
  • Committed faculty who have extensive experience in corporate and strategic communication situations and research.
  • Courses include: Risk Communication, Crisis Communication, Strategic Communication

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