• Dr. Bill Rawlins served as the "opponent" for the dissertation defense of Ira A. Virtanen at the University of Tampere in Finland, in February 2015.
Welcome to the School of Communication Studies

The School of Communication Studies (COMS) offers three distinct academic programs for our students. The Bachelor of Science Degree promotes a liberal arts orientation whereby students learn to pose questions and pursue answers by critically thinking, describing, synthesizing, critiquing, and imagining. Our top ranked doctoral program provides students with rigorous instruction to develop and enhance research expertise in Relating and Organizing, Health Communication, and Rhetoric and Public Address. The  on-line Master of Arts in Organizational Communication allows professionals to study and earn a degree from a distance. We encourage you to explore the information contained here and discover what COMS at OU can offer you. We are proud of our heritage, proud of our graduates and proud of our discipline!

COMS is hiring a Visiting Assistant Professor for 2015-16!

Important Dates

March 23: Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day, Baker Center Ballroom 2:00-5:00 p.m.

March 26: "Rags to Rivers," a Conversation and Performance by Dr. Donna Coleman, University of Melbourne, Baker Center 4th Floor, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

March 26: Lecture from Dr. George Cheney, "Cooperatives, Communication, and the New Solidarity Economy: Lessons from Case Studies in the U.S. and Abroad," Galbreath Chapel, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

March 27: Workshop from Dr. George Cheney, “The Global Transparency Movement, Insights from Communication, and Problems of Democracy," Baker 230, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

March 27: COMS 1030 Speech Contest, 201 Morton, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

March 27: COMS Awards Ceremony, 103 Stocker, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

April 8-12: Southern States Communication Association conference, Tampa, FL

April 15: COMS Colloquium, Kevin Hales, Baker 231, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

April 15-19: Central States Communication Association conference, Madison, WI

April 16-20: National Forensics Association National Tournament, Ohio University

April 22-26: Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA

April 29: COMS Colloquium, Jean Claude Kwitonda, Baker 231, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

May 1: Graduate Commencement

May 2: Undergraduate Commencement

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coms_phalen_thumb Graduate Spotlight - Between the spring of 2010 and the summer of 2013, Steve Phalen volunteered actively with The Gathering Place (The GP), a non-profit drop-in center for people living with mental illness in and around the area of Athens, Ohio. The Gathering Place provides persons living with the experience of mental illness a space where they may […]

COMS in Action

coms_inaction_colin_thumb COMS in Action: Colin Walker - As an undergraduate scholar in Communication and Public Advocacy, Colin Walker yearned to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities he gained from COMS in service to others. In a recent study abroad trip to South Africa, he worked to understand and give a voice to South Africans suffering in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Read […]
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