Communication is the process of conveying information. In today's world, there are a variety of mediums to do just that, including radio, television, publications and the Internet. The School of Communication offers six different majors, designed to prepare students for exciting, lucrative careers in the field of communication. Course work isn't all the School offers. The School also offers internship opportunities, student organizations that offer hands-on experience and networking opportunities with professionals in the field.


Scope and Purpose:

A library collection in support of the Curriculum and research of the School of Communication needs to cover rhetoric, journalism, mass media, new media, public relations, organization communication, and public communication. The main thrust of the school rests on communication theory and mass communication theory. Special areas are nonverbal communication, intercultural communication, persuasion, health communication, political communication, leadership, conflict, and aggressive communication.


The communication department has an undergraduate program as well as a master of arts program which requires a thesis or project for completion. Some of the courses taught are: History of Rhetoric, News Writing, Public Relations Strategies, Analyzing Organizations, Theory of Group Processes, Magazine Writing, and Nonverbal Communication.

Geographical Coverage:

Primarily North America. Some interest in the film industry in Australia, France and Italy. There is also an interest in British television.

Period Coverage:

The twentieth century is the main focus of the collection. Early film, telegraphy and rhetoric in their pre-twentieth century contexts make up about ten percent of the collection.

Publication Types:

The material consists of a research level collection of dissertations, experimental results, reference works, monographs and a good selection of periodicals. There is also a section which is at an initial study level which supports undergraduate course work and includes basic monographs and a nearly complete collection of major writers. There are also selections of the work of secondary writers.


The collection is composed of about two-thirds print materials, and one-third audiovisual. The audiovisual collection consists primarily of videocassettes and DVD videos.

Remote Sources:

The OhioLINK consortium of libraries makes it possible for University students, faculty, and staff to access collections throughout the state. Bowling Green State University is used for its outstanding collection of popular culture materials which the University of Akron does not generally collect or need to collect.


Generally textbooks are not collected; however occasional current textbooks with good general coverage of areas of prime department interest are considered.

Policy Revised: Jan 2007