Communication (BA)

Education in communication focuses on the relationships among the communicator (speaker, writer), the message (oral, written, electronic), the receiver (individual, group), the media, and the social and cultural environment in which communications take place. By studying these elements across various contexts, students develop an understanding of principles of communication, the strategies for analysis of communication problems and solutions, and tactics to communicate effectively. The program aims to produce graduates who have a broad knowledge of contemporary communication challenges and who are equipped to apply their knowledge and understanding to a variety of practical situations. 

The Ohio State University School of Communication has achieved national and international distinction in research, teaching, and service by designing innovative programs in specific areas of expertise. Strong research and teaching programs focus on present and future directions in the field geared to address the sweeping changes occurring in communication.

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Areas of Study


Graduates with a focus on new media and communication technology are prepared for careers as managers of technology based communication campaigns, usability analysts, online content developers, and web and multimedia designers. Within the strategic communication track, students train for careers as communication specialists, marketing and public relations professionals, communication campaign managers, sales, and communication consultants.

courses you might take:

COMM 3444: Advertising and Society

Examination of positive and negative contributions of advertising in the American mass media system to society from political, sociological, and economic perspectives.

COMM 3513: Video Games and the Individual

A broad overview of the effects of video game play on the individual. Students critique the literature on this topic and design their own study to test video game effects.

COMM 4814: Political Communication

Analysis of the roles played by the mass media, public leaders, and accidental circumstances in the development of issues and images in contemporary American political communication.

COMM 3331: Communication and Decision Making

Decision-making as a process; comparisons between interpersonal, bargaining-negotiation contexts, and group organizations; descriptive and prescriptive models of decision-making in small groups and organizations.



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