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
Dr. 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
Shawn Orr
Shawn Orr
Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence;, Professional Instructor of Communication Studies
333, Center for the Arts
419.289.5733 / sorr3@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
Dr. 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

AU PR Students Participate in Bateman Case Study Competition, Educate about the Census

A group of AU public relations students are participating in the Bateman Case Study Competition, which assists the U.S. Census Bureau with ensuring college students and other select publics understand the importance of completing the Census and how and when that is done. More about AU's Bateman Team and the work its students are doing can be found here.
With the suspension of face-to-face instruction for the spring semester, the Bateman Team faces additional challenges. Though we have to change our tactics in light of students not being on campus, the goals of the campaign remains the same: to educate and engage.
To help achieve these goals, the Bateman students have created the Instagram account @count_au_in, which includes educational posts about the Census, and opportunities for AU students to engage with each other around this information. The account will be deactivated on March 21. Be sure to check it out to learn more about the Census!...Read more

PR Students Partner with Veteran's Affairs

Public Relations students are working with the Ashland University Veteran's Affairs office this semester on the creation and implementation of a campaign to build connections with fellow veterans and AU students. These opportunities to get involved in real-life projects help develop students into successful public relations professionals. 

...Read more

Have a Great Spring Break!

Students in Shawn Orr's COM 205: Intro to Public Relations class kicked off the last class before spring break with a pancake breakfast. The maple syrup was brought in by student Abby Rohr from her family's maple tree farm (available at Sweet Fire Sugar Bush), and students enjoyed a time of eating and networking.

The Communication Studies Department wishes everyone a safe and relaxing spring break!...Read more

PRSSA Meeting Slated for Monday, March 16


PRSSA meetings are open to any AU student interested in communication and public relations. 
...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
Dr. 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
Shawn Orr
Shawn Orr
Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence;, Professional Instructor of Communication Studies
333, Center for the Arts
419.289.5733 / sorr3@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
Dr. 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

AU PR Students Participate in Bateman Case Study Competition, Educate about the Census

A group of AU public relations students are participating in the Bateman Case Study Competition, which assists the U.S. Census Bureau with ensuring college students and other select publics understand the importance of completing the Census and how and when that is done. More about AU's Bateman Team and the work its students are doing can be found here.
With the suspension of face-to-face instruction for the spring semester, the Bateman Team faces additional challenges. Though we have to change our tactics in light of students not being on campus, the goals of the campaign remains the same: to educate and engage.
To help achieve these goals, the Bateman students have created the Instagram account @count_au_in, which includes educational posts about the Census, and opportunities for AU students to engage with each other around this information. The account will be deactivated on March 21. Be sure to check it out to learn more about the Census!...Read more

PR Students Partner with Veteran's Affairs

Public Relations students are working with the Ashland University Veteran's Affairs office this semester on the creation and implementation of a campaign to build connections with fellow veterans and AU students. These opportunities to get involved in real-life projects help develop students into successful public relations professionals. 

...Read more

Have a Great Spring Break!

Students in Shawn Orr's COM 205: Intro to Public Relations class kicked off the last class before spring break with a pancake breakfast. The maple syrup was brought in by student Abby Rohr from her family's maple tree farm (available at Sweet Fire Sugar Bush), and students enjoyed a time of eating and networking.

The Communication Studies Department wishes everyone a safe and relaxing spring break!...Read more

PRSSA Meeting Slated for Monday, March 16


PRSSA meetings are open to any AU student interested in communication and public relations. 
...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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