Communication Studies

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Communication Studies is an affordable, flexible and efficient degree with a wide range of interconnected courses guiding you toward success!

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Sample Program Courses:

  • Advertising, marketing and public relations
  • Interpersonal and organizational communication
  • Media technology including web development and digital video.

Toni Anderson – Toni Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at EOU. Prior to joining EOU, Toni served at universities in Texas, California, Arizona, and the United Kingdom. While overseas, Toni was instrumental in launching a foreign exchange partnership, and hopes to establish a similar relationship for EOU in the future. Toni also worked in the private sector for 15 years at technology companies in communication-focused roles, and incorporates the insight she gained from these experiences into her classes for the benefit of EOU students.

Toni has been interviewed by BBC Radio and Television about her research, and has presented papers at conferences in England, Denmark, and the U.S. Her international ethnographic research explores the multifaceted relationship between media and identity, memory, age, and gender. Her academic publications include articles in peer reviewed journals Participations Journal of Audience & Reception Studies and the Journal of Radio Studies.

Toni holds a PhD in Media and Culture from the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom (2012), an M.A. in Media Arts from the University of North Texas (2008), a B.A. in Writing & Linguistics from University of North Texas (1993), certifications in Applied New Media and Web Design from Collin College (2000), a certification in Virtual Instruction from University of West Georgia (2014), and a Quality Matters certification (online and blended teaching excellence) from the Maryland Online consortium (2014).

Xiaowei Chen – Xiaowei Chen is an associate professor of communication and journalism and considers himself a generalist in media studies. His education includes a B.A. in Chinese Literature (1987), an M.A. in Journalism (1994) and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication & Public Affairs (2006). He worked as a reporter, editor, designer and public relations writer in Beijing for seven years before he moved to the US in 2002. In the past 10 years, he taught over 10 courses in mass media and human communication. His research interests include international public relations, media technology and cultural studies. He published a research paper in peer-review journals and presented 15 papers in national and international conferences.

Benjamin Mann – Benjamin Mann is an Assistant Professor of Communication at EOU, whose expertise lies at the intersection of health communication, rhetoric, and critical/cultural studies. His education includes a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah (2020), an M.A. in Communication from the University of the Pacific (2016), and a B.A. in English from Lewis & Clark College (2014). In Ben’s teaching and research, he focuses on how marginalized populations advocate for their needs in new media and health environments, employing critical, rhetorical, and qualitative approaches to examine these issues. Ben’s research has been published at national and international journals, such as Health Communication and Disability Studies Quarterly. In addition to over seven years of experience teaching a range of college courses, Ben supports Communication curriculum through Eastern Promise and assists with evaluating APEL student portfolios

Kevin Roy – Kevin Roy is an associate professor and media artist exploring the intersections of digital technologies and traditional media. He received a B.A. in Art History in 1995 and an M.F.A. with a concentration in Digital Media and Filmmaking in 2005 from the University of Georgia. His films and professional work have been exhibited in international film festivals and venues.

Graduating EOU seniors complete a capstone experience or senior project in their majors. These culminating experiences tie together the objectives of their programs, the general education outcomes, and often career-related applications of learning and doing. Ultimately, EOU ensures all of its graduates are prepared for the world of work or for continued study in graduate programs.

“As a long-time Cove resident, I was so blessed to receive a big-city education within a 20-minute drive from my rural home! I don’t think Union County realizes how fortunate it is to have this gem of a university. The professors see students as individuals instead of numbers, and really work to hone each person’s potential. I am so thrilled to use my communication degree to better my community in my role as the Outreach Coordinator for a small nonprofit. Thanks to my education at EOU, I can now write grants, news articles and other written copy with ease. I can also plan complex events to inspire students to take an interest in science and rural health careers, assist regional high school instructors in the delivery of online health occupations curriculum, and so much more. Thanks Eastern!”

Brittany Hargrove
Communication Studies
Cove, Ore.

Popular Careers

  • Web design
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Management & leadership
  • Teaching
  • Video

Flexible Degree

Communication Studies can be paired easily with other fields of study like:

  • Business
  • History
  • Psychology
  • English/writing
  • Fire Services Administration
  • Art
  • Anthropology

Program Highlights

  • Use conflict and negotiation skills
  • Speak with confidence in any arena
  • Study and produce digital media
  • Understand global communication and diversity
  • Participate in service learning

A degree in Communication Studies is valued highly in today’s competitive work environments, and when you learn from professionals with strong backgrounds in communication and media, you create a successful path to a career or graduate school. Be engaged – verbally and nonverbally – and gain the skills and knowledge foundation to craft effective and powerful messages for any audience. Team-building, skill-building and global messaging are all strengths this degree will enhance.

Communication Studies can also be paired easily with other fields of study. Our program offers three tracks or primary areas of interests in business, media and teaching. Whether you are an entrepreneur building a new business or interested in the healthcare field, digital technology, education, advertising, marketing or politics, our program will help you prepare for your future!

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With our online option, enjoy flexibility in earning a quality degree while building strong connections and skills through interactive, cutting-edge media delivery options.

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