Communication Studies Major

Whether you're tweeting, texting or talking, communication courses help you build skills for personal and professional success.

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What You'll Study

You've heard the phrase, "The medium is the message." You'll understand that communication isn't just speaking with each other, but how the tools we use to do so affect that.

Develop your skills through experience. Spin some tracks or start a talk show on Rookery Radio, YSU's student-run radio station. Get in front of or behind the camera with Light the Wick, our online streaming show produced in our own Bliss Hall Television Studio. Or if you're more of a writer, YSU's student newspaper The Jambar can be a good career starter, too. Communication Studies has the internships and student media opportunities to build a strong skillset and a solid resume.

And if you ever need help with public speaking or other presentations, our Communication Tutoring Center is here to get your speech in gear.

Master of Arts in Professional Communication available for this major. 


The Communication Studies program follows the learning outcomes established by the National Communication Association. You must complete all core courses and select one of these tracks:

  • Interpersonal/Organizational Track

    Are you a problem solver, or do you just like to make good conversation? This track prepares you for success in professional, social and personal relationships.

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  • Media Track

    You probably use many types of media every day, so why not go from media consumer to media influencer? The media track teaches skills in computer-mediated communication and media relations through hands-on experience and applied projects.

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  • Persuasion Track

    You know how to get others to work toward a goal — or maybe you'd like to learn. This track works well for someone who wants to go into sales, but it could also prepare you for law school or politics.

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  • Social Media Track

    You're already using Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and more. Now learn how to use social media to build a business, to market products and services, and how to be a competent and compelling mass communicator.

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  • Communicating in Diverse Organizations Minor

    Sometimes we say what we don't mean, or others take it the wrong way. When that happens, it helps to get everyone on the same page. You'll learn to mediate and solve conflicts between people and get them back to working together.

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  • Communication Studies Minor

    If you're in another major, like business or psychology, you'll need to connect with others for success. You'll learn to get your ideas across to larger groups, either in private settings or organizations.

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  • Interpersonal Communication Minor

    From studies on gender communication to conflict management and negotiation, this 18-credit minor takes you through the concepts necessary for person-to-person exchange of ideas.

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  • Social Media Campaigns Minor

    You know how to use social media to connect with friends, so why not learn how it can be used to connect with clients? This 18-credit minor teaches you how to build businesses and market products and services using social channels.

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Internships and Jobs


  • The Covelli Centre
  • YSU Athletics, YSU Marketing and Communications
  • Triad Media Group
  • Youngstown Business Incubator
  • Prodigal Media
  • Pecchia Communications
  • WKBN/WYTV, WFMJ, iHeart Media


  • United Way
  • Farris Marketing
  • PR Newswire
  • The Covelli Centre
  • Youngstown State University
  • Eastern Ohio Education Partnership
  • Set production teams for movies Southpaw and Concussion

One More Thing

A lot of the instructors and professors have worked out in the field, and have maintained their contacts out in the field, which has made the transition from student to professional really seamless."

Kollin Chupa, Alumna