Bachelor of Arts

Strategic & Mass Communication

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, as well as knowledge of communication.


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
Strategic & Mass Communication Major 24 hours


  • COM134 Digital Photography 
  • ENG262 Editing
  • COM212 Introduction to Public Relations 
  • COM218 News Writing
  • COM241 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COM300 Communications Research Methods and Information Sources 
  • COM310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
  • COM318 Feature Writing
  • COM320 Argumentation/Persuasion Theory and Practice
  • COM324 Communicating Across Cultures
  • COM329 Writing for Electronic Media
  • COM340 Law and Communications
  • COM350 Elements of New Production
  • COM414 Crisis and Risk Communication
  • COM 441 Organizational Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • COM450 Critical Analysis of Mass Media
  • SAS470 Internship

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

No concentrations are offered for this program.

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



 Dr. Aaron Burton, Ph.D
 Dr. Aaron Burton, Ph.D

Aaron Burton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Chair, Humanities Programs

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., Ohio University
  • M.A., University of Findlay
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Aaron Burton, Ph.D.

Dr. Aaron Burton, Assistant Professor of Communications, earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Foci: Rhetoric & Religion from Bowling Green State University. He earned a Master of Arts in Education from University of Findlay, a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University, and an Associate of Arts with concentration in Social Sciences also from Ohio University.

Since coming to Tiffin University he has served on The School of Arts & Sciences Internship Committee and will hold the position of Chair of Humanities Department beginning in the 2014 Academic Year.

Prior to becoming a faculty member at Tiffin University, Dr. Burton taught for nine years in Communications at Bowling Green State University in the Department of Communication and at Owens Community College.  At Bowling Green State University, he was Assistant Basic Course Direction in the School of Communication Studies.

Dr. Burton has written Jesus in the Movies: A Rhetorical Analysis of Selected Films from 1912-2004, Published by Edwin Mellen (2004). He has attended and presented at numerous workshops and national conferences.  He has served for eight years as an editorial board member for the Ohio Communication Journal. He is very active in several professor organizations and is a member of the National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, Ohio Communication Association, Religious Communication Association, Graduate Communication, and the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.

Aaron Burton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Aaron Burton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Dr. Colleen Vallo, Ph.D.
Dr. Colleen Vallo, Ph.D.

Colleen Vallo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Wright State University
  • M.A., Ohio State University
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Colleen Vallo, Ph.D.

Dr. Colleen Vallo has been a member of the faculty at Tiffin University since 2006. She teaches courses in communication and journalism at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Vallo is also adviser of the campus newspaper. Before joining our faculty, Dr. Vallo taught at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. She previously worked in journalism reporting for weekly and daily newspapers, serving as a state-house correspondent in Columbus and working in public relations for public schools. Her teaching specialties include mass communication law, critical analysis of the media, and intercultural communication.

Colleen Vallo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Colleen Vallo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Dr. Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.
Dr. Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.

Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., Radford University
  • M.S., Radford University
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • A.S.N., Excelsior College

Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.

Dr. Jan Samoriski joined the Tiffin University faculty in 2006 after ten years at the University of Michigan - Dearborn where he taught electronic media and served as Communications Chair and Director of Communications Program.  At Tiffin University Samoriski has held appointments as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Samoriski earned his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from Radford University and worked as a television producer and director at NBC-TV affiliates in Virginia and Massachusetts.  He holds a Master of Science Degree in Corporate and Professional Communication (Radford University) and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication with an emphasis in telecommunications law and technology (Bowling Green State University).

Samoriski teaches across the communications  curriculum in several areas, including speech, organizational, mass communication, electronic media, media production and cyberspace law.  He is author of numerous academic peer reviewed publications dealing with Internet issues pertaining to unsolicited commercial e-mail, electronic privacy, encryption, broadcast regulation and Internet indecency and obscenity.  He is also author of one of the first communication textbooks to focus on cyberlaw, "Issues in cyberspace: Communication, Technology, Law and Society on the Internet Frontier,' published by Allyn and Bacon.

In addition to his academic background, Samoriski is a Registered Nurse (RN), Paramedic, Level II Firefighter, Master Scuba Driver and General Class Amateur Radio Operator.  He has training and experience in emergency services and response, bioterrorism and hazardous materials.

Samoriski is active professionally as a freelance writer and communications consultant.  He is also a practicing Emergency Department RN.

Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication


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