Bachelor of Arts

You are always the first to speak your mind, to stand up for what you believe and, always the first to adapt to new technology. Continually evolving, the communication field offers new opportunities for people like you. With grads who have held internships at news organizations, with professional sports teams, Fox Sports and Disney, TU is always looking for innovators like you. 

Communication: The “People Profession”

If you’re looking for a “people profession,” Tiffin University’s communication major might be the right fit for you. Among the many professions that hire graduates with a communication degree are education, management, training, corporate communication, public relations, personnel, sales, media, advertising, journalism, law, marketing and politics. In fact, employers often identify communication skills as the most important (and yet often missing) in both entry-level and senior members of their organizations. At TU, we know what it takes to provide you with an education for the real world, so you won’t miss a step on your way toward real success.

Browse our programs of study for public relations, journalism or electronic media concentrations. Also, be sure to look at our minors in journalism, public relations and electronic media. Internships make it real, and TU has the real resources to give you real advantages.

The communication major at Tiffin University prepares you by teaching excellent public and interpersonal skills, a knowledge of communication, and offering specific in-depth education in public relations, journalism or electronic media.

 

Student Opportunities:

TU offers plenty of real opportunities for real engagement in your major. On campus, students work with professors or in internships to further develop their communications skills. TU also has a variety of academic major-oriented clubs, so you can make real connections with your fellow students.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Communication Major 24 hours
Concentration 15 hours

  • COM134 Digital Photography 
  • ART325 Graphic Design
  • COM212 Introduction to Public Relations 
  • COM241 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COM300 Communications Research Methods and Information Sources 
  • COM320 Argumentation/Persuasion Theory and Practice
  • COM330 Video Production
  • COM340 Law and Communications

One of the following:

  • COM310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication 
  • COM324 Communicating Across Cultures 
  • COM341 Political Communication 
  • COM450 Critical Analysis of Mass Media 
  • (Electronic Media – choose from COM310, COM324, COM341)

One of the following:

  • COM190, COM290, COM390 Special Topics in Communication 
  • One of ENG200-300 Writing Intensive classes 
  • ENG262 Editing

One of the following:

  • SAS470 Internship 
  • SAS499 Senior Seminar (capstone) 

Total BA hours 121-123 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

All Communication concentrations offered

Elements of News Production (COM350) - This course introduces students to news production techniques through participation as a staff member of the student newspaper. Students will explore reporting and writing news stories, photojournalism, copy editing, and layout and design of the newspaper in a multimedia format, using print and electronic platforms. Students will have the opportunity to create a portfolio of their work as well as learn transferable skills for a variety of employment settings. In addition, this course gives students the opportunity to learn problem-solving skills individually and in a group setting.    

Introduction to Mass Communication (COM241) - A survey course examining the various media (i.e., newspaper, radio, television, film, etc.) comprising the mass media in contemporary American society. Emphasis is given to the history, structure and potential effects of each medium.

Feature Writing (COM318) - This course prepares the student for newspaper features and special articles for general circulation magazines, business, and trade journal sources, materials, markets, and other factors pertinent to nonfiction writing. Students will analyze and write a variety of types of feature stories. This is a writing intensive course.

Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communications (COM310) - This course explores 3 related disciplines of communication as they pertain to the basic process of human interaction, both interpersonally and in small groups. Students will survey some of the main theories of human communication, including those that explain the processes involved in dyadic relationships, self-disclosure and listening. These principles will be integrated into larger communication contexts in order to understand how decision-making and problem solving occur in small groups.

  • Announcer
  • Copywriter or Editor
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Social Media
  • Graduate or Law School
  • Journalist
  • Media Buyer
  • Promotional Specialist
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Advertiser-Tribune
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cox Media Group Ohio
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • PNC
  • Safeguard Properties
  • TEKsystems
  • United States Air Force
  • WOIO

 

Faculty

Dr. Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.
Dr. Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D. Professor of Communication
Dr. Colleen Vallo, Ph.D.
Dr. Colleen Vallo, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Communication
 Dr. Aaron Burton, Ph.D
Dr. Aaron Burton, Ph.D Chair, Humanities Programs / Assistant Professor of Communication

Testimonials

  • "TU gave me the extra boost needed to move forward with accomplishing my dream of becoming a small business owner. With the help and encouragement of my professors and coach, I was able to take that leap into the business world knowing I could not succeed if I did not take risks."

    – Emily Miller

  • "I chose Tiffin because it is a university with people from all parts of the world, and the fact I could be here and meet all of them is simply amazing. Better yet, I came here for swimming and it was an honor for me to be a part of TU’s newest athletic program.”

    - Ygor Bortolato, Brazil

  • "Tiffin University is the college that has helped me grow into the person that I am today. While at Tiffin, I have made unforgettable memories and friends. I continued my education at The University of Toledo College of Law. Although I am moving on, I will never forget everything I have gained from my time at Tiffin University."

    – Jessica Paule, Class of 2015

  • "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

  • "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

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