Otterbein communication students learn by doing. You can start telling your story as soon as you get to campus.

Department of Communication

If you’re looking for hands-on, professional-level experiences that start your first semester, look no further than the Department of Communication at Otterbein University. Host your own radio show, produce television segments, write for a campus magazine and news website, plan an event, execute a campaign for a real client and so much more with the valuable knowledge you’ll gain in all areas of the media and communication industry.

Why Study Communication Studies at Otterbein University?

  • Students have a flexible, adaptable program of study that meets the needs of organizations that are increasing communication responsibilities among managers and leaders.
  • Close faculty-student interaction encourages individualized planning for internships and careers based on specialized career knowledge.
  • Students enjoy fun and travel to other university campuses as part of the speech and debate teams.
  • A tradition of excellence in teaching Communication provides students with a large alumni network to support their internship and professional searches.

Why Study Public Relations at Otterbein University?

  • Thanks to the convenient, central Ohio location, students are prepared to have multiple internships in a variety of local, state, and national organizations.
  • Hands-on practicum experience with on-campus and area clients may begin during a student’s first semester.
  • Field trips and classroom guest speakers connect students to alumni and professionals in the local and national public relations network.
  • Students build skills, confidence and a professional resume working with actual clients in public relations classes from the first through senior years.

Why Study Journalism & Media Communication at Otterbein University?

  • A collaborative, departmental approach to media communication prepares students for careers in digital media that require knowledge in writing, editing, audio and video production.
  • Paid positions in student media provide students with jobs and also the development of leadership and management skills.
  • Hands-on classroom experiences in print, radio and video production offer students opportunities to develop skills for internships in magazine and news writing, radio programming and promotions, video and television production, and social media.
  • Students are supported to attend national media conferences where they can build a network of professionals in a chosen field.

Why Study Health Communication at Otterbein University?

  • Otterbein’s health communication students are in demand in one of the nation’s best regions for healthcare. Healthcare organizations in central Ohio employ more than 45,000 individuals.
  • Required internship experiences connect students to opportunities in hospitals, public health organizations, nonprofit agencies and health departments.
  • As students go beyond the classroom to meet professionals in health settings, they develop knowledge and skills that open doors to careers that do not require direct patient care.
  • A close-knit alumni and professional health communication network at such organizations as OhioHealth and Nationwide Children’s Hospital serve as outstanding mentors.