Department of Communication




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Main Campus
2010, Sullivan Hall

2801 W. Bancroft
Mail Stop 505
Toledo, OH 43606
Phone: 419.530.2005
Fax: 419.530.4771

David E. Tucker, PhD

Karon G. Price, MBA

Academic Advisor
Lisa Bollman


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The Department of Communication offers undergraduate students the opportunity to focus on one of the four following areas of study. See a complete list of course offerings in the Department of Communication.


There are increasing opportunities to have an exciting career in Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Online and social media platforms have integrated with traditional network, public, and corporate media outlets to provide you a wide variety of employment options. Some entry-level positions include video editor, associate producer, reporter, photojournalist, on-air talent, and production assistant.
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Students have the opportunity to get real-life experience working on broadcast television shows, producing sporting events, working in campus radio (WXUT-FM), and in our live production video truck. You can be trained to use digital audio and video workstations, DV cameras and equipment, and the production facilities in our HD television studio. In addition to hands-on training, the faculty provide students with a liberal arts education aimed at helping them develop disciplined, critical thinking and analysis. Students study current issues in media, media law, and the economic and intellectual impact of the media on American culture. View a listing of the department's courses.
Whether in the newsroom, production department, or engineering area of a broadcast facility, our graduates become immediately effective and capable of future advancement.
For more information, or questions, about our broadcasting area, e-mail Dr. Jacqueline Layng.


A vibrant and active press is central to our democracy and Journalism is the foundation. The free expression of ideas is integrated with truth-telling to provide an alternative voice in modern society. Do you love to write? Surveys of retired journalists tell us that more then 75 percent were very satisfied with their career choice. Many cited the enjoyment of being creative and the opportunity to have an impact on others lives.
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At UT, students find rewarding careers in journalism as reporters and editors, covering sports, business, politics, entertainment, and more. You can work full-time or as a freelance writer, in traditional print or online journalism.
Besides courses on writing, reporting, and editing, classes in computer graphics, layout, and design are also taught with current versions of industry standard software in our communication department computer labs. View a listing of the department's courses.
Journalism students also have the opportunity to work at the student newspaper, The Independent Collegian. Here students can learn firsthand the different aspects of the newspaper experience, from writing and editing, to layout and design. Our small classes offer individualized attention and are taught by full-time faculty or experienced professionals who have made journalism their careers.
For more information, or questions, about a focus on journalism, e-mail Dr. Paulette Kilmer

Public Relations

A career in public relations offers a variety of opportunities for outgoing and creative individuals. Modern businesses and organizations know public relations is important for continued success. Our PR graduates find positions in business corporations, government agencies, charitable and religious organizations, hospitals, social service, and sports organizations. Through comprehensive classwork students learn the art of persuasive communication and the skills needed to produce different forms of visual and internet based communications. View a listing of the department's course offerings.
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Students have on-campus and off-campus internship opportunities to experience firsthand what it takes to be a public relations professional.
Skills include planning special events, making visual presentations, working on political and fundraising campaigns, writing and designing brochures, designing web pages, and media relations. For more information about our public relations area contact Dr. Gigi McNamara. She is also the adviser for UT's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Interpersonal/Organizational Communication

Corporations and organizations seek skilled workers trained in interpersonal and organizational communication. These individuals are needed to handle various forms of corporate communications such as public presentations, media advertising and research, and other visual, print or web based communications.
Students with a focus on interpersonal/organizational communication take a wide range of classes from visual communications to media management. View a listing of the department's course offerings. Caring professors and professionals with business world experience help students develop the skills necessary for today's technology-based job market. Our graduates leave with those skills ready to succeed in the competitive business world. Interpersonal/Organizational communication students also have various on-campus and off-campus internship opportunities to enhance their skills and gain real-world experience. For more information, or questions, about this area e-mail Dr. Paul Fritz.

We provide our students academic excellence through comprehensive classwork and real-world professional skills to help them gain  necessary hands-on experience. In addition to finding or creating rewarding positions for themselves in broadcasting, journalism, and public relations, our graduates often find their education, understanding and clinical skills highly valued in corporations, government, social service agencies, and health care organizations.

Last Updated: 1/31/19