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Understand the complex interactions between people and their environment, and the dynamics between individuals and society.

Our alums enter graduate and professional schools and enjoy careers as communications professionals across industries.

Lisbeth Lipari Lisbeth Lipari,Professor, Chair of Communication
Jamie HaidetJamie S. Haidet,Administrative Assistant

Learn how communication shapes our world and our identities.

Build Relationships Build close relationships with faculty through discussion-oriented classes and one-on-one mentoring.

What You’ll Study

Three intradisciplinary focus areas in Denison’s bachelor’s in communication program give you a broad and rich understanding of the field.


Rhetoric explores argumentation and persuasion. Study presidential addresses, gendered communication in sport, citizenship, and many more subjects.

Relational Communication

Relational communication examines various forms of communication: interpersonal, organizational, environmental, cross-cultural and more.

Media Studies

Media studies questions how film, television, radio, video games, and digital technologies shape and are shaped by our social, cultural, and global realities.

Hands-on Learning

Harness your curiosity while drawing knowledge from real-world issues, writing publication-ready articles, and learning from guest experts. Your knowledge culminates in a senior research project that highlights your talents to employers and graduate programs.

In-Class Activities Hone your public speaking and argumentation skills through in-class activities, games, and debates.
Discussion Engage in other points of view through small group discussions.
Exploration Explore issues and topics relevant to the course and to the modern public sphere with your classmates.
Research Projects Generate new knowledge through in-depth research projects.

“Communication is really holistic - it gives students space to explore themselves and make sense of the world.”

Is there a Communication Minor?

Yes, you can achieve a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication degree or a communication minor from Denison.

A minor in communication can augment every academic discipline. Understanding how people give, receive, and process information is applicable to the humanities, arts, sciences and scocial sciences. And that knowledge gives you an advantage as you navigate your career and outside pursuits.

“Communication is flexible and adaptable to any environment.”

Real-World Experience Outside the Classroom

Internships Take an internship (or two!) to explore careers related to communication. Communication students have interned with NBC News, Deloitte, Bank of New York Mellon, and the Amateur Athletic Union. Learn more
Research Conduct research alongside faculty mentors during the academic year.
Summer Scholars Program Delve into independent research through our paid summer scholar program. All Summer Scholars receive a stipend and a housing allowance plus supplemental funds for research expenses. Off-Campus Summer Scholars also receive travel funding. Learn more
Study Abroad Study communication in another country and globalize your education. Conduct research on a traditional semester abroad or take a summer internship in another country. Learn more

How do I find a career in communication?

Communication is vital to all industries, so you have the flexibility to find the organization, location, or product that best matches your professional interests. If you are a storyteller, goal-setter, problem-solver, news-breaker, or communicator, you have multiple career opportunities for professional development and success.

Denison’s Marketing, Sales, and Communication career community helps you achieve your career goals. You’ll learn how to apply your academic knowledge to interviews and career, find meaningful internship and research opportunities, and build your network. 

Build your bridge from the classroom to careers at Denison Edge. Located nearby in downtown Columbus, industry experts help you acquire specialized skills, and certifications to launch into your preferred career. Classes are free to Denison students and are offered at a 50% discount for Denison alumni. 

Alumni Success of alumni are satisfied with how well Denison prepared them for professional success. 94%
Fulfilling Life of alumni say Denison increased their ability to lead a rich and fulfilling life. 89%
Internship reflection: "Much of my work required me to edit and write articles — my writing skills came in handy. For example, I had to create messaging for social media and develop concise messages to attract audiences."

Awards and Scholarships for Communication Students

Denison’s communication program offers multiple opportunities for you to achieve awards and scholarships that recognize the excellence of your work.

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