Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan University Adds Communication Major

October 25, 2016 – by Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan is adding a communication major in fall 2017 with concentrations in media production studies; organizational, interpersonal, and group communication; and strategic corporate communication. (Photo by Mark Schmitter '12)

Students Select from 3 Concentrations, Complete Internship and Capstone Project

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University is adding a communication major in fall 2017 with concentrations available in three areas: media production studies; organizational, interpersonal, and group communication; and strategic corporate communication.

The communication major will be part of Ohio Wesleyan’s newly renamed Department of Journalism and Communication, said Charles L. Stinemetz, Ph.D., provost.

“The new major was created by university faculty to blend the intellectual breadth of a liberal arts education with a deep understanding of communication strategy and experience in digital media production,” Stinemetz said.

The major will include classes in areas such as digital media skills, research methods in communication, and inter-cultural communication, with students learning to write and speak with clarity and use communication technology effectively.

As part of their studies, communication majors will be required to complete an internship as well as an in-depth, portfolio-building senior capstone project, mentored by a faculty member, Stinemetz said, reflecting Ohio Wesleyan’s institutional emphasis on theory-to-practice learning.

In addition to completing core courses, majors also will be able to focus on specific fields, such as political, health, or business communication, he said, allowing them to pursue targeted interests and career goals.

OWU’s Department of Journalism and Communication will continue to offer both majors and minors in journalism, Stinemetz said, providing students with the strong writing, research, and interviewing skills that have resulted historically in university graduates earning Pulitzer Prizes, local and national Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award, Journalist of the Year honors from the National Association of Black Journalists, and multiple other awards.

“Our journalism program continues to remain in staple in our curriculum, providing OWU students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them to think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively,” Stinemetz said. “This background, combined with hands-on opportunities that include writing for the nation’s oldest independent student newspaper, The Transcript, prepare our journalism majors and minors for success and leadership within the field.”

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s new communication major at www.owu.edu/communication and more about the university’s journalism major and minor at www.owu.edu/journalism.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.