Otterbein communication students learn by doing. Start telling your story as soon as you arrive on campus.

Department of Communication

If you’re looking for hands-on, professional-level experiences that start on your first semester, look no further than the Department of Communication at Otterbein University. Host your own radio show, run a camera for live coverage of a sports event, write for a campus magazine or news website, plan an event, execute a campaign for a real client, and so much more. Classes, practicum, and internship opportunities, as well as leadership roles in student media and pre-professional organizations prepare you for careers in media and communication.​

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Student, Faculty, & Alumni Spotlights


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I came into Otterbein as an undeclared major very unsure of what to do with my life. I eventually stumbled on public relations and communications and really enjoyed the classes I was taking. I participate in a variety of activities on campus, including Otterbein University Student Government, Sigma Delta Phi fraternity, Otterbein Deaf Culture Club and more. I work as a receptionist and as the diversity recruitment assistant in the Office of Admissions, at the Center for Community Engagement community garden, and as an orientation leader. Otterbein has given me a variety of opportunities that have made my time here great!

Timmy Wotring ’23

Communication Studies and Public Relations double major with minors in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Race & Ethnic Studies.


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I knew I would have a meaningful college experience at Otterbein. Towers Hall was calling my name. I have realized that everyone on campus wants to see me succeed. My internship with the Office of Marketing and Communications has made me realize that I am passionate about media relations and I look forward to growing my skills over the next few years..

Madelyn Nelson ’23

Public Relations major with Communication Studies and Marketing minors

Public Relations Student Society Of America
Get your own byline. Learn to write, design, edit, and package a story with print, audio, and video components. Broadcast live while learning the talent of on-air announcing or camera operation. Be part of a team that engages broadly with the campus community and reports on news, arts, and sports. Build your editorial portfolio and connect with local journalists who help advise aspiring writers.​

Join Otterbein’s PRSSA chapter and be one of more than 7,000 students from across the country who are finding internships, scholarships, and careers through their connections. Guest speakers, professional mixers, and tours of local agencies are some of the activities you’ll enjoy as you learn more about the growing field of public relations.

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Sposato held double majors in Public Relations and Journalism & Media Communication. She completed internships with Otterbein University, OhioHealth, and Huntington and wrote an article for the New York Times. “I feel really fortunate and grateful for the way everything turned out for me,” Sposato said. “It all started with that valuable internship experience.”

Aselya Sposato ’20

Corporate Communications Specialist, Huntington National Bank


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Wallace oversees communication, marketing, and public relations for three animal hospitals. Her major and internships in public relations prepared her for this opportunity as well as her previous role as communication coordinator for Red Roof Inns. “The experience I had from internships and working on campus set me apart from my competition,” she said. Currently an Otterbein MBA student, she creates and implements strategic plans for the three MedVet hospitals.

Jenese Wallace ’18

Regional Marketing Partner, MedVet


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A Journalism & Media Communication major, González took on any job that gave him experience particularly in sports writing and calling games for WOBN-FM. “All of the hands-on opportunities Otterbein offered gave me the knowledge and skills that I used to seize every opportunity that led me to my career.” Prior to Stanford, González was the director of video and network production in the Holy Cross University athletics program. “Otterbein students need to focus on building connections,” he said. “…the people at Otterbein are there to help you succeed beyond the classroom.”

Elijah González ’17

Assistant Director of Technical Operations, Stanford University Athletics.


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Travis pictured himself in clinical health care until he took communication classes and discovered the Health Communication major. Today he is an associate attorney with Marshall Dennehey law firm in Cleveland representing hospitals, health care systems and physicians. His passion for the health care industry led him to pursue health-care law at Capital University. “Relationships with your professors and advisors really go a long way in helping you find a path forward,” he said.

Travis Huffman ’17

Associate Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Law Firm

Public Relations Student Society Of America
Love to speak? Find yourself persuading others about important topics? Consider joining either the speech or debate team. Hone your presentation skills and then enjoy traveling to other campuses to meet other students in friendly, but sometimes fierce, competition! All along the way, build a skill employers desire—effective public speaking!​​

Students at WOBN-FM learn how to do remotes and live airshifts on the NexGen Automation system. Enjoy producing your own radio show, inviting guests to provide on-air insight, or editing your own podcast.

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Journalism And Media Communication

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“Use college as your laboratory. Make mistakes and keep learning. Try something different. Don’t dismiss it if  it’s  not your first  choice.”

Dr. Eric Jones

Associate Professor & WOBN-FM adviser

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“I worked on the student magazine and eventually become editor-in-chief. I think it is a really great community builder and I have learned leadership skills in the process.”

Julia Grimm ’22

Public Relations and Journalism and Media Communication Major


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Eric Jones sees the boundaries of the Otterbein community extending far beyond Otterbein’s property lines. Jones’ idea of community reaches deep into Columbus neighborhoods wherever Jones feels he can make a difference.

Eric Jones

Associate Professor

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Otterbein University is not only filled with amazing students, but it is also filled with amazing faculty. Every faculty member deserves recognition for their amazing work that they have done and will continue to do. To highlight just one, professor Mike Moon has accomplished honorable things, and deserves recognition.

Michael Moon


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Department Features & Student Opportunities

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Communications majors can receive a wide range of scholarships and awards, including our department’s Communication Abilities scholarship, which ranges from $4,000 to $12,000 over four years.

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Our students find internships as event planners, social media content producers, video creators, media liaisons, internal communication specialists, and more. These hands-on experiences often lead to successful job placements.

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The Department of Communication building is always buzzing with active student learning in classrooms, organization offices, informal study spaces, industry-standard production studios and computer labs, including a fully equipped video studio and a student-run radio station. 

Alina Baer And Her Publications Books

Journalism and Art Major Has Published Three Books of Poetry

News - March 16, 2023
By Erica Bush ’25 After two years of dedication and hard work, Otterbein sophomore Alina Baer self-published her third poetry and prose book, Water on Jupiter, in February.   Alina Baer In addition to Water on Jupiter, Baer has authored and self-published The Orange Crayon and Charcoal and Diamonds. All three of Baer’s works are available for purchase on Amazon.  “I really like poetry because it feels like an expression of thoughts. It doesn’t have to be perfect,” Baer said. “Life is…

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First Career Jumpstart Builds Networking Skills for Communications and Business Majors 

News - February 2, 2023
More than 25 alumni returned to campus for Student Success and Career Development’s first Career Jumpstart on Jan. 26.  The event was designed to help students connect with alumni in the communication and business, accounting, and economics fields while also learning tips and tricks for networking and securing internships. It included a panel discussion, networking mixer, and workshops on topics like LinkedIn and Handshake. Free professional headshots for students were also offered at the event. Student Success and Career Development…

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Speech and Debate Team Shows Strong Return to In-Person Competition

News - October 31, 2022
Otterbein’s Speech and Debate Team returned to in-person competition with an exciting weekend of wins. The tournament, held at Otterbein on Oct. 8, had 11 schools participate with a total of 45 debates and 35 speech competitors. Otterbein’s speech and debate competitors had a strong performance, according to Professor of Communication Susan Millsap, Otterbein’s team coach. “Sophomore Emma Chapman went 2-2 in her first time debating in the varsity division. Senior Evyenia Smith participated in her first tournament ever and won…

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Programs of Study in Communication

Communication Studies


Communication Studies

Health Communication


Health Communication



Journalism & Media Communication

Public Relations


Public Relations



Leadership Studies

C2 Journalism Mediacommunications


List of Minors in Communication

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I give Otterbein so much credit for getting me to where I am today. All of the hands-on experiences Otterbein offered gave me knowledge and skills that I used to seize every opportunity that led me to my career.

Elijah Gonzalez, ’17, Assistant Director of Technical Operations, Stanford University Athletics