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
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS
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 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
Applied 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

Ashland University PRSSA students receive Honorable Mention in national Bateman Case Study Competition

The National Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) organization announced the finalists and honorable mention entries for the 2020 Bateman Case Study Competition on Tuesday, April 24. This national competition centers around designing, developing, implementing and evaluating a major public relations campaign for a real world client. The client this year was the US Census Bureau and student campaigns focused on ensuring that key publics are counted, counted only once, and counted in the correct place for the 2020 Census. 
For the first time ever, an Ashland University team was selected to receive an honorable mention accomodation for their CountAUIn campaign. Less than 25% of all campaign submissions for this national competition are selected for recognition by the 34 judge panel, with the top three finalists competing for a scholarship. This year's honorable mention accomodations represented 14 colleges and universities across the United States and included Ashland University, Syracuse University, DePaul University, Eastern Illinois University, Washington State University, Kent State and Ohio University among others.
Every Bateman competition team was tasked with understanding and reaching undergraduate students at their academic institution with key campaign messaging, and then selecting a second public to focus on based on demographic and psychographic information about their community population. The CountAUIn team selected Ashland County Amish and Old Order Mennonite residents as their second public for this campaign after careful primary and secondary research of these segments. To reach campaign objectives, a variety of strategies and tactics to engage AU students were utilized including coffee sleeve advertising, pledge cards, radio and newspaper articles, free promotional pens, tabling events, and an interactive and informational Instagram account. To reach the Amish and Old Order Mennonite population of Ashland County, a group without technology, the campaign utilized two-step theory to focus on building relationships with community opinion leaders, sending out informational letters to the...Read more

Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society Inductees

Lambda Pi Eta Insignia Each year, the Ashland's Chapter of Lambda Pi, the official honor society of the National Communication Association, inducts eligible undergraduate and graduate students into its ranks. To qualify for membership, students must meet rigorous academic standards.

Current MembersCamille Pollutro, PresidentJonathan LarabeeSeth MillerDean Paolucci
Spring 2020 Inductees
Graduate StudentsPamela CiccarelloDarnae LangfordAndrea Thompson
Undergraduate StudentsEsther AbelCassandra AmickMadison GraverAshley Helenthal Jaime JacksonKristine LawsonRachel MillerCameron RidenourStephaine SlackJuliet Touma
Correctional Education StudentsClifford Abshire
Terry BradleyTremaine BrownShawn BurtisAmber ButlerNathan CarterDenise Chaisson-Lapeyrouse
Paul CoteCrystal ClarkSarah ClarkDale ConnerDaniel CosmaKimberly CoxNiketra DeloachTiffany DickersonShelia EddyRonnie EdwardsRandall FieldsJoey FosterDana FrancisPamela FrugeKimmy GableElrick GallowWilliam GeorgiusKyle GibsonLabrandon GilesAmanda GraysonVicki HawksMichelle HigginsGregory HimelClaude HolbertJeremy HolmbergCherylethia HolmesMarquayle JacksonDouglas JamisonWilliam JobeAshley JohnsonBarry JohnsonNathaniel KellyBrian KeyesDeqwane KingChristopher KonkelDenise KruseJason LambertJoshua LathersChristopher LyonsLee MachinaTravis MarcellJeffrey MayforthTelisa McCauley
Jirrico McKeeTrina McQueenSamantha MetzgarEric MillerChristopher MyersRobert PaigeAlairis PayneJeffrey PeelMatt PlattAndre RandolphQuentin RhineTyrone RogersJamey Rose
Andrew SandersWaylon SaulsJoshua Shadd
Rachel ShoafMichael SnellingCharles SnyderWilliam Spitzig
Derrick StaffordAmber SwainRoy TateRussell ThomsTroy ThorntonMegan Titus-JonesBradley TottenRandal TrahanDewayne VasquezJedediah VelasDuane WashingtonChristen WesleyHarold WhittMiles Wood
Michael YambraAmy Yang
Congratulations on your academic excellence, Lambda Pi Eta members!

This year, the Communication Studies Department had to cancel its in-person Recognition Night, during which we highlight and celebrate the academic achievements of our students. Though we're unable to get everyone together in person, we're incredibly proud of our students' accomplishments and are shouting them from the roof- or blog-tops! Be sure to check back all week long to read about the other fantastic things our students have achieved this year!...Read more

This Year's Bateman Case Study Team

Each year, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) hosts the Bateman Case Study Competition, which provides college students across the country the opportunity to gain experience planning a comprehensive public relations campaign with a real-life client. The US Census Bureau was selected by PRSSA as the campaign client for this year’s competition.

Five AU public relations students participated as part of campaign team CountAUIn in this years competition. The campaign was dedicated to assisting the U.S. Census Bureau by working to ensure college students and other select publics understand the importance of completing the Census and how and when that is done. Given the importance of this initiative, the US Census was selected by PRSSA as the campaign client for this year’s competition. Given the importance of this initiative, the US Census was selected by PRSSA as the campaign client for this year’s competition.
Despite facing additional challenges due to the suspension of all face-to-face classes and activities, the Bateman Team remained dedicated to the goals of this year's campaign: to educate and engage.

The first public every Bateman team was tasked with understanding and reaching was undergraduate students at their academic institution. The second public, Ashland County Amish and Old Order Mennonite residents, were selected after careful research of the Ashland community.Team members conducted primary and secondary research to understand what these populations knew and did not know about the census and how to best reach each population with key messaging strategies. #CountAUIn coffee sleeves
To reach campaign objectives, a variety of tactics to engage AU students were utilized including coffee sleeve advertising, pledge cards, radio and newspaper articles, free promotional pens, tabling events, and an interactive and informational Instagram account. To reach the Amish and Old Order Mennonite population of Ashland County, a group without technology, the campaign utilized...Read more

Best of Luck to Our COM Studies Students Presenting at URCA!

Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences is going virtual for the eleventh annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium which will feature 41 presentations and exhibitions given, one of which will be given in part by Communication Studies students.

Josie Giordano and Calandra Moore, COM Studies students, along with Alec Mueller, Sophia Lowe, Rainnell Vernon, and Heather Maltbie, will be presenting The Importance of Post-Care Physician Surveys and the Relationship to Host Site. The abstract for their poster, which is sponsored by Communication Studies faculty member Dr. Gwen Hullman, reads:
Patients visit multiple doctor review websites to find a new healthcare provider. The value of ratings typically lies in the recurring themes present across multiple raters, as opposed to uncorroborated outlying reviews or a very low number of reviews. Additionally, reviews and rating tools can be sponsored by different organizations, such as a third-party review site or the doctor’s health care affiliation organization’s website. The present study compares 100 employer-sponsored website ratings and reviews to third party ratings and reviews of the same physicians for consistency, number of raters/reviewers, and the presence of recurring themes in the reviews (physician competence, office staff, wait time, office cleanliness). Data are subjected to t-test analysis and thematic analysis.
The Symposium will take place tomorrow, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public through various Zoom meetings which are listed on the schedule at ashlandurca.blogspot.com.
This year, the Communication Studies Department had to cancel its in-person Recognition Night, during which we highlight and celebrate the academic achievements of our students. Though we're unable to get everyone together in person, we're incredibly proud of our students' accomplishments and are shouting them from the roof- or blog-tops! Be sure to check back all week long to read about the other fantastic things our students have achieved this year!...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
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS
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 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
Applied 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

Ashland University PRSSA students receive Honorable Mention in national Bateman Case Study Competition

The National Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) organization announced the finalists and honorable mention entries for the 2020 Bateman Case Study Competition on Tuesday, April 24. This national competition centers around designing, developing, implementing and evaluating a major public relations campaign for a real world client. The client this year was the US Census Bureau and student campaigns focused on ensuring that key publics are counted, counted only once, and counted in the correct place for the 2020 Census. 
For the first time ever, an Ashland University team was selected to receive an honorable mention accomodation for their CountAUIn campaign. Less than 25% of all campaign submissions for this national competition are selected for recognition by the 34 judge panel, with the top three finalists competing for a scholarship. This year's honorable mention accomodations represented 14 colleges and universities across the United States and included Ashland University, Syracuse University, DePaul University, Eastern Illinois University, Washington State University, Kent State and Ohio University among others.
Every Bateman competition team was tasked with understanding and reaching undergraduate students at their academic institution with key campaign messaging, and then selecting a second public to focus on based on demographic and psychographic information about their community population. The CountAUIn team selected Ashland County Amish and Old Order Mennonite residents as their second public for this campaign after careful primary and secondary research of these segments. To reach campaign objectives, a variety of strategies and tactics to engage AU students were utilized including coffee sleeve advertising, pledge cards, radio and newspaper articles, free promotional pens, tabling events, and an interactive and informational Instagram account. To reach the Amish and Old Order Mennonite population of Ashland County, a group without technology, the campaign utilized two-step theory to focus on building relationships with community opinion leaders, sending out informational letters to the...Read more

Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society Inductees

Lambda Pi Eta Insignia Each year, the Ashland's Chapter of Lambda Pi, the official honor society of the National Communication Association, inducts eligible undergraduate and graduate students into its ranks. To qualify for membership, students must meet rigorous academic standards.

Current MembersCamille Pollutro, PresidentJonathan LarabeeSeth MillerDean Paolucci
Spring 2020 Inductees
Graduate StudentsPamela CiccarelloDarnae LangfordAndrea Thompson
Undergraduate StudentsEsther AbelCassandra AmickMadison GraverAshley Helenthal Jaime JacksonKristine LawsonRachel MillerCameron RidenourStephaine SlackJuliet Touma
Correctional Education StudentsClifford Abshire
Terry BradleyTremaine BrownShawn BurtisAmber ButlerNathan CarterDenise Chaisson-Lapeyrouse
Paul CoteCrystal ClarkSarah ClarkDale ConnerDaniel CosmaKimberly CoxNiketra DeloachTiffany DickersonShelia EddyRonnie EdwardsRandall FieldsJoey FosterDana FrancisPamela FrugeKimmy GableElrick GallowWilliam GeorgiusKyle GibsonLabrandon GilesAmanda GraysonVicki HawksMichelle HigginsGregory HimelClaude HolbertJeremy HolmbergCherylethia HolmesMarquayle JacksonDouglas JamisonWilliam JobeAshley JohnsonBarry JohnsonNathaniel KellyBrian KeyesDeqwane KingChristopher KonkelDenise KruseJason LambertJoshua LathersChristopher LyonsLee MachinaTravis MarcellJeffrey MayforthTelisa McCauley
Jirrico McKeeTrina McQueenSamantha MetzgarEric MillerChristopher MyersRobert PaigeAlairis PayneJeffrey PeelMatt PlattAndre RandolphQuentin RhineTyrone RogersJamey Rose
Andrew SandersWaylon SaulsJoshua Shadd
Rachel ShoafMichael SnellingCharles SnyderWilliam Spitzig
Derrick StaffordAmber SwainRoy TateRussell ThomsTroy ThorntonMegan Titus-JonesBradley TottenRandal TrahanDewayne VasquezJedediah VelasDuane WashingtonChristen WesleyHarold WhittMiles Wood
Michael YambraAmy Yang
Congratulations on your academic excellence, Lambda Pi Eta members!

This year, the Communication Studies Department had to cancel its in-person Recognition Night, during which we highlight and celebrate the academic achievements of our students. Though we're unable to get everyone together in person, we're incredibly proud of our students' accomplishments and are shouting them from the roof- or blog-tops! Be sure to check back all week long to read about the other fantastic things our students have achieved this year!...Read more

This Year's Bateman Case Study Team

Each year, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) hosts the Bateman Case Study Competition, which provides college students across the country the opportunity to gain experience planning a comprehensive public relations campaign with a real-life client. The US Census Bureau was selected by PRSSA as the campaign client for this year’s competition.

Five AU public relations students participated as part of campaign team CountAUIn in this years competition. The campaign was dedicated to assisting the U.S. Census Bureau by working to ensure college students and other select publics understand the importance of completing the Census and how and when that is done. Given the importance of this initiative, the US Census was selected by PRSSA as the campaign client for this year’s competition. Given the importance of this initiative, the US Census was selected by PRSSA as the campaign client for this year’s competition.
Despite facing additional challenges due to the suspension of all face-to-face classes and activities, the Bateman Team remained dedicated to the goals of this year's campaign: to educate and engage.

The first public every Bateman team was tasked with understanding and reaching was undergraduate students at their academic institution. The second public, Ashland County Amish and Old Order Mennonite residents, were selected after careful research of the Ashland community.Team members conducted primary and secondary research to understand what these populations knew and did not know about the census and how to best reach each population with key messaging strategies. #CountAUIn coffee sleeves
To reach campaign objectives, a variety of tactics to engage AU students were utilized including coffee sleeve advertising, pledge cards, radio and newspaper articles, free promotional pens, tabling events, and an interactive and informational Instagram account. To reach the Amish and Old Order Mennonite population of Ashland County, a group without technology, the campaign utilized...Read more

Best of Luck to Our COM Studies Students Presenting at URCA!

Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences is going virtual for the eleventh annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium which will feature 41 presentations and exhibitions given, one of which will be given in part by Communication Studies students.

Josie Giordano and Calandra Moore, COM Studies students, along with Alec Mueller, Sophia Lowe, Rainnell Vernon, and Heather Maltbie, will be presenting The Importance of Post-Care Physician Surveys and the Relationship to Host Site. The abstract for their poster, which is sponsored by Communication Studies faculty member Dr. Gwen Hullman, reads:
Patients visit multiple doctor review websites to find a new healthcare provider. The value of ratings typically lies in the recurring themes present across multiple raters, as opposed to uncorroborated outlying reviews or a very low number of reviews. Additionally, reviews and rating tools can be sponsored by different organizations, such as a third-party review site or the doctor’s health care affiliation organization’s website. The present study compares 100 employer-sponsored website ratings and reviews to third party ratings and reviews of the same physicians for consistency, number of raters/reviewers, and the presence of recurring themes in the reviews (physician competence, office staff, wait time, office cleanliness). Data are subjected to t-test analysis and thematic analysis.
The Symposium will take place tomorrow, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public through various Zoom meetings which are listed on the schedule at ashlandurca.blogspot.com.
This year, the Communication Studies Department had to cancel its in-person Recognition Night, during which we highlight and celebrate the academic achievements of our students. Though we're unable to get everyone together in person, we're incredibly proud of our students' accomplishments and are shouting them from the roof- or blog-tops! Be sure to check back all week long to read about the other fantastic things our students have achieved this year!...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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