• Dr. J.W. Smith immerses his class (COMS 4110) in disability during excursion. Photo by Eli C. Hiller, Athens News.
  • Dr. Charee Thompson talks with student-scholars from her Empirical Research Methods class during their end-of-the-semester poster presentations.
  • Ph.D. students Alane Presswood, Kristen Okamoto, Cory Paul Harrison, and Sarah Guthrie discuss teaching strategies in Dr. Laura Black’s seminar on pedagogy.
  • Dr. Christina S. Beck elected to serve as Second Vice President of the National Communication Association.
  • 1973 COMS (INCO) graduate and Ohio University Trustee Chair, Sandra Anderson, is a dedicated Bobcat!
  • WOUB's Evan Shaw (left), Ph.D. alumna Dr. Maggie (Quinlan) Carbone (middle), and COMS faculty member Dr. Lynn Harter (right) celebrate their Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award for "The Courage of Creativity."
  • Home, Uprooted is the new book by Dr. Devika Chawla, published by Fordham University Press.
  • Dr. Bill Benoit has published two new books: Political Election Debates and A Functional Analysis of Political Television Advertisements.
  • COMS will celebrate NCA's Centennial in Chicago with a reception at Buddy Guy's Legends!
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 looking to hire an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication, to begin August 2015!

Important Dates

September 15-October 15: COMS Transfer Period

October 31: Boase Award lecture with Professor Karen Tracy (University of Colorado)

November 20-23: National Communication Association Annual Convention (Chicago)

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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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