Department of Communication




Student Resources

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Main Campus
Sullivan Hall

Room: 2010 
2801 W. Bancroft
Mail Stop 505
Toledo, OH 43606
Phone: 419.530.2005
Fax: 419.530.4771

Department Chair Jeffrey Wilkinson

Secretary Michelle Horn


Communication 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.


A career in broadcasting is an exciting opportunity. With the growth of new internet media outlets, along with the traditional network, public, and corporate media facilities, there is a wide variety of employment options. Some of the entry-level positions include video editor, associate producer, reporter, photojournalist, on-air talent, and production assistant.
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Our students have the opportunity to get real-life experience working on broadcast television shows, sporting events, at the campus radio station WXUT, and in our live production video truck. Their training includes use of digital audio and video workstations, broadcast quality camera gear (betacam, DV), and classes which meet in our new 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. The students study the history of 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


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 newspaper reporters, sports, business, or freelance writers, and also in the growing field of online journalism.
Along with 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 Paul Fritz at

Public Relations

A career in public relations offers a variety of exciting opportunities for outgoing and creative individuals. More and more businesses and organizations are realizing the importance good public relations has on their success.
At UT our PR students find positions in business corporations, government agencies, charitable and religious organizations, hospitals, social service, and sports organizations. Through comprehensive classwork students learn both the art of persuasive communication, and the skills necessary to produce many different forms of visual and internet based communications. View a listing of the department's course offerings.
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Our students also have various on-campus and off-campus internship opportunities where they can experience firsthand what it takes to be a public relations professional.
Whether it's planning special events, making visual presentations, working on political and fundraising campaigns, writing and designing brochures, designing web pages, or working with the media, all of these activities and many more can be part of an exciting career in public relations.
For more information, or questions, about our public relations area call Fatima Shousher Simon at 419.530.4364 or e-mail her at She is also the advisor for UT's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Interpersonal/Organizational Communication

Increasingly corporations and organizations are seeking 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 very 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 at

What we provide our students are 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: 7/7/16