Areas of study in the School of Communication

Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates

Bachelor of Arts

The School of Communication houses a comprehensive program that leads to careers in the communication field. The flexible programs offer the diversity demanded by the twenty-first century workplace, which continues to demand advanced communication skills.

The school offers you the ability to pursue a concentration in one of four areas: Media Studies, Public Relations, Communication Studies, or Organizational Supervision.

Video: Degrees and careers

Media Studies

Media Studies prepares students for careers in video production, radio/TV and journalism.  Students study the business models of the media industries along with media law and theory. They acquire practical skills in writing for different media platforms and video/audio production.

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Public Relations

Public Relations prepares students for corporate or nonprofit workforces. Students develop important skills – writing, developing strategies, building tactics and objectives, and evaluating public relations campaigns. These skills will serve the students throughout their lives and careers.

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Communication Studies

Communication Studies equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop, evaluate and critique organizational, interpersonal and public messages.  Courses in this area prepare students to communicate effectively in relationships, workplaces and the broader democratic context.

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Organizational Supervision

Organizational Supervision is a unique program, specifically designed for those who hold an associate’s degree or have completed college courses totaling 60 credit hours or more. The degree will help strengthen your organizational leadership and supervisory skills so you can take on more responsibility, regardless of the field.

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Applied Political Communication

This certificate program is a joint collaboration between the Department of Political Science and the School of Communication. Applied political communication encompasses the interaction of political figures, political interests, governmental institutions, media, and the public in their efforts to persuade and influence political power and public policy outcomes.

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Professional Social Media

The Professional Social Media certificate is open to any major, degree or community member. It serves as formal training and evidence of your preparation in the subject.

You will learn to generate content, use analytics to measure success, and create a complete social media campaign for a real client as your final project for the course, Advanced Strategic Social Media, giving you a hands-on experiential learning.

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Business and Professional Communication and Leadership Certificate

Learn the skills needed to influence, motivate, and build collaborative teams. Create effective interpersonal, presentational, and written messages to increase your competitive advantage. Communication and leadership skills are consistently ranked as the most desirable skills among top employers. This undergraduate certificate will help you advance your professional communication and leadership skills to make an impact in your organization. Can be completed 100% online or in-person in two semesters.

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School of Communication at The University of Akron


Kolbe Hall 108
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-1003
Phone: 330-972-7600
Fax: 330-972-8045

Office hours
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Summer: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Amber Ferris
Kolbe Hall 110K
Phone: 330-972-7606

Internship Coordinator
Christopher Keppler 
Kolbe Hall 323
Phone: 330-972-7821