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Three Otterbein students in the White House press room
Otterbein students waiting for a White House press conference to begin on a field trip to Washington, D.C.

Here's what you'll do in the Communication Studies major: 

  • Learn to persuade others, argue effectively and mediate conflicts.
  • Examine the internal communication processes of major corporations.
  • Meet with managers and employees to suggest how to communicate more effectively.

Do you like to hold organizational leadership positions? Enjoy speaking in public and debating others? Have talents that include excellent communication skills, both written and verbal? Find that you are able to diagnose communication breakdowns and help repair them?

The answers to these questions might lead you to major in communication studies at Otterbein. From identifying communication problems and fixing them, to speaking confidently and clearly in public, you will learn and practice the elements of organizational and speech communication.

In Communication Studies, you’ll learn how to write and speak effectively and persuasively in a variety of personal and professional arenas. Through the major’s electives you can enhance your skills as a speaker and team facilitator. You can also learn how to help organizations improve their communication to foster open and effective dialogue.

You might:

  • Present information in various formats, including speaking and writing
  • Develop skills to persuade others, argue effectively and mediate conflicts
  • Think critically in order to speak confidently
  • Examine the internal workings of major corporations
  • Develop communication plans
  • Meet with managers and employees to suggest how to communicate more effectively
  • Participate in debate
  • Use communication to manage people and projects

You will be guided by faculty members who have real-world experience and are actively involved in the ever-changing communications profession.

/ Department of Communication

Diane Wootton
Administrative Assistant
33 Collegeview Rd., C110
p / 614.823.3380
e / dwootton@otterbein.edu

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