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!

Important Dates

September 4: Last day to register for fall semester

September 10: Public screening of Creative Abundance, documentary film produced by Lynn M. Harter, Evan Shaw, and Margaret M. Quinlan, Schoonover Center Auditorium, doors open 6:30 p.m.

September 15:  Applications open to transfer to COMS

September 15-16: "Communication and Social Change in the Americas" symposium

September 16: COMS Colloquium Series, Dr. Steve Depoe, University of Cincinnati, "The IECA, Laudato Si, and Me: Toward the Professionalization of Environmental Communication," 10:00-11:30, Baker 240

September 18: COMS Fall Performance Hour, Athens Community Center, 6:00-8:30

September 30: Paul H. Boase Award lecture, Dr. Karen Foss, University of New Mexico, 9:30-11:30, Baker 231

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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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