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    • Majors: Public Relations • Communication • Electronic Media and Film • Theatre Studies • Integrated Language Arts

      Say it well.

      Rigorous debate. Inspiring theatrical performances. And the tools you need to compete in today's global environment. These are just a few of the components of the communication program at Capital. Together they form a solid foundation for succeeding in the world today. At Capital, we understand the value of being able to communicate effectively. That's why we offer a broad-based curriculum that covers everything from mass media to theatre and public speaking to public relations.  


      What You'll Learn


      The most brilliant thinkers and leaders are irrelevant if they can’t communicate their ideas effectively. A message means nothing if it’s not received with the intended impact. Communication is central to everything we do as human beings — how we interact, inform and persuade, how we express our ideas and our opinions.

      At Capital, you will learn how communication is used effectively in debate, electronic media and film, and public speaking. We’ll approach it from diverse perspectives, like performing arts, social sciences and the humanities. And to keep you at the forefront of industry trends, we'll also approach it across media, disciplines and skill sets — from print, film and digital to communication and public relations. Explore the program and course descriptions in our online course bulletin

      You will be exposed to research in the field and will learn to analyze and manage communication in every area of personal, public and professional interaction. When you graduate, you'll understand how human beings create and share meaning with each other and to be able to put that knowledge to good use in their everyday lives.

      Many students use our program as a launch pad for law school, MBA programs, professional schools and graduate schools in a variety of social science and humanities disciplines. But not always. In fact, a growing number of undergraduates are attracted to our public relations, theatre studies, organizational communication, and electronic media and film programs. They understand that the world is changing, and they want to be prepared for what lies ahead. 


      High-Impact Practices: Internships


      Capital uses high-impact practices — teaching techniques and strategies like internships, undergraduate research and capstone projects proven to optimize student learning — across all of its programs. Communication students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of internship opportunities and work with professional organizations like Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Recent undergraduates have interned at places like NBC4-TV, WBNS-10TV, Mills James Productions, Eddie Bauer, OhioHealth, the State of Ohio, Ohio Office of Tourism and many more. As graduates, many of them have landed jobs at Nationwide, The Kroger Co., Walt Disney, Fahlgren-Mortine Public Relations, ESPN, Chase Manhattan Bank, and AT&T, to name a few.

      If you're excited about electronic media and film, you should consider our EMF program, which prepares students like you for careers in video production, media and creative industries. Our experiential projects let you try a career on for size, like being a DJ for our campus radio station, WXCU; creating content for our campus television network; or developing your talent as a writer, performer, videographer, editor, film critic and more.

      Whatever path you choose, you can be sure that Capital's Communication program will equip you with a strong liberal arts education and the skills you need to convey your message and be heard. At Capital, it's just one more way we prepare students to impact their world through a career they'll love.  


      Where you'll Go: Careers and Placement 


      In addition to the more obvious professional connections to public relations, broadcasting and teaching licensure, excellent communication skills are valued components in leadership positions in business and professional areas. They also serve as an excellent preparatory base for post-graduate education.

      Here's what some of our graduates are doing now:

      • Vice president, marketing
      • Director, information technology
      • Senior marketing underwriter
      • Editor
      • Attorney
      • Production coordinator
      • TV news anchor
      • University professor
      These are some of the companies that employ our graduates:
      • Eastman Kodak 
      • The Kroger Co.
      • Nationwide
      • CBS Television Network
      • Walt Disney
      • Cronenwett Associates, Public Relations

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      MEET YOUR PROFESSORS

      Our professors bring out the best in you. We won't lie. They can be tough. But they're also your counselors, your mentors, and your biggest advocates. Meet a few below, or view our department directory.


       

    • Betsy Pike, Ph.D.

      Betsy Pike, Ph.D.

      Director of Electronic Media and Film
      Assistant Professor of Communication
      Communication
      Convergent Media Center 210
      614-236-6318
      bpike@capital.edu


      Bill Kennedy, Ph.D.

      Bill Kennedy, Ph.D.

      Professor and Director of University Theatre
      Communication
      Huber-Spielman 28
      614-236-6497
      bkennedy@capital.edu


      Dan Heaton, Ph.D.

      Dan Heaton, Ph.D.

      Professor
      Communication
      Huber-Spielman Hall 33
      614-236-6207
      dheaton@capital.edu


      Jeffrey Gress, MFA

      Jeffrey Gress, MFA

      Associate Professor and Performance Technology Designer
      Communication
      CVMC 214
      740-973-8157
      jgress@capital.edu


      Jim Higgins

      Jim Higgins

      Instructor of Communication
      Communication
      Huber-Spielman Hall 24
      614-236-6498
      jhiggins2@capital.edu


      Michaele Barsnack

      Michaele Barsnack

      Instructor of Art Therapy
      Communication
      Huber Spielman 138
      614-236-6328
      mbarsnac@capital.edu


      Sharon Croft, Ph.D.

      Sharon Croft, Ph.D.

      Professor of Communication
      Communication
      Huber Spielman Hall 21
      614-236-6338
      scroft2@capital.edu


      Stephen Koch, Ph.D.

      Stephen Koch, Ph.D.

      Professor of Communication
      Communication
      Huber Spielman Hall Capital University Main Campus
      (614) 236-6320
      skoch@capital.edu


      Steve Harvey

      Steve Harvey

      Adjunct Professor
      Communication
      Bexley Campus 1 College and Main
      614-332-3835
      sharvey.ksu@gmail.com