Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication
Minor in Communication Studies

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Office of Admission 800-331-7896
Email: admit@marietta.edu

To inquire about this program, contact:
Dr. Liane Gray-Starner
740-376-4680

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Communication Studies

The field of communication is growing quickly, and there are many opportunities if you have the right education. After all, understanding how people communicate is a skill with unlimited applications in the world of work. At Marietta, you'll get that education by studying the theory of communication in small classes taught by award-winning faculty, and then applying that theory to situations in the real world.

With two different communication majors, Marietta offers you a broad selection of courses, new kinds of internships, and more career choices. A degree in communication from Marietta also provides the perfect foundation for other academic and career interests like law school, medical school, and MBA programs.

Marietta is the place to become a leader in communication. The Communication Lab and Writing Center will assist you in developing your communication skills; the two radio stations, TV station, and newspaper will give you many opportunities to apply those skills.

Communication Studies
In our Communication Studies major, you'll learn to analyze audiences, develop arguments, prove ideas, and practice effective delivery methods through classroom lectures and discussions, as well as through real-world engagement in internships and forensics competitions.

click to expandRequirements for a Major

Majors gain an understanding of the nature of communication by taking a variety of classes:

  • Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  • Advanced Oral Communication
  • Fundamentals of Interpretation
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Principles of Parliamentary Procedure
  • Voice and Articulation
  • Human Communication Theory
  • Interviewing Principles and Practices
  • Group Discussion and Leadership
  • Persuasion and Propaganda
  • Notable American Women
  • Topics in Communication
  • Business Communication Seminar
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Research Methods
click to expandRequirements for a Minor
Communication 230; 9 hours selected from Communication 205, 301, 310, 320, 380, 385, 420; 9 hours of additional Communication courses.

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Follow the bios below to find out more about our faculty.

Dawn Carusi

Bill Fournier

Alane Sanders

Jeff Walker

Organizational Communication
Organizations rely on clear and effective communication systems, and people with the knowledge and training to help them communicate more effectively are highly valued. With a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from Marietta, you'll be ready to work in fields like training, consulting, corporate communication, public information, and corporate public affairs.

click to expandRequirements for a Major

Majoring in Organizational Communication will give you a strong background in all types of communication methods and applications. You'll study:

  • Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  • Advanced Oral Communication
  • Principles of Parliamentary Procedure
  • Human Communication Theory
  • Interviewing Principles and Practices
  • Group Discussion and Leadership
  • Organizational Communication
  • Instruction Development and Training in Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Argumentation
  • Persuasion and Propaganda
  • Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Notable American Women
  • Topics in Communication
  • Business Communication Seminar
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Introduction to Advertising
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Corporate Communications
  • Writing for Public Relations
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Media Ethics and Law
  • Internship
click to expandRequirements for a certificate in Oral Communication

Communication 101; 12 hours chosen from Communication 201, 202, 205, 209, 250, 301, 420, Theatre 106, 304, 314; and a public performance documented by the department. All course work requires a grade of C or better and an overall grade point average of 2.50 or better in the 12 hours of required courses. Students may also achieve this certificate with distinction. This certification will be awarded to students who have completed the above requirements and also compiled a significant record of accomplishment in cocurricular activities. This record will be defined as at least three semesters of active involvement in one or more performance-oriented activities as verified by the coach or director of that activity.

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Internships

As a junior or senior, you'll be able to put your communication skills to work in the real world by interning with organizations like the United Way, the American Cancer Society, Marietta Memorial Hospital, and Selby General Hospital.

Clubs & Organizations

The Marietta College Forensics Team is nationally recognized for its performances in individual speech events and debates, and it's a great way to hone your own communication skills. Besides competing in tournaments all year long, the team hosts the annual Ruth A. Wilcox Forensics Tournament each fall, which draws teams from all over the Midwest.

Lambda Pi Eta, the communication studies honor society, selects outstanding students in the field of communication studies.

Pi Kappa Delta, the national forensic honor society, accepts students who have participated in intercollegiate debate and individual speech events.

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