Communication Studies

Department of Communication Studies

(Applied Communication, Public Relations & Strategic Communication, Sport Communication)

The College of Arts and Sciences 


Gwen Hullman, Professor of Communication Studies


Cory Hillman, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Olga Monacell, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Shawn Orr, Professional Instructor of Communication Studies

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Professor of Communication Studies

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts

Mission Statement

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.

Experiential Learning

The communication studies programs offer off-campus opportunities in a variety of organizations including industry, non-profit, and government agencies. Practical research opportunities will be available to students desiring to apply their skills to actual organizations (serving as consultants and/or trainers) resulting in the student accumulating valuable professional experience and credentialing.

The sport communication program offers opportunities for students to work in cooperation with the Ashland University sports information office and with its NCAA Division II athletic teams in a wide variety of men's and women's sports. Sport communication students also have the opportunity to work with external amateur and professional sport organizations in the Cleveland, Columbus, and Akron areas.

Student Honor Society

Students who have excelled in communication studies are eligible for membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s Honor Society. This organization recognizes scholarly excellence in the field of Communication Studies. Qualifications for Lambda Pi Eta: 1. Communication Studies Major, 2. Have completed 60 semester credit-hours, 3. Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, 4. Have completed the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours in Communication Studies, 5. Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all Communication Studies courses, 6. Currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by the institution's policies.

COM Courses and Descriptions

See Course Descriptions section of catalog.