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!

Sample Program Courses:

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

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.

Jessica Fabbricatore is a visiting assistant professor in communication studies. She received her degrees in communication studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College (B.A.), West Virginia University (M.A.), and the University of Georgia (Ph.D). She has taught a variety of classes but enjoys teaching classes about relationship development and maintenance the most. Her research involves how we deal with a loved one’s substance use. You can learn more about her research and other interests at

Kevin Roy is a professor of communication studies, new media artist and experimental filmmaker exploring the intersections of digital technologies and analog media. Professor Roy received a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia (1995) and following a decade of professional work in the film and interactive media industries, received an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in digital media and filmmaking, also from the University of Georgia (2005).

His work in film and new media has been exhibited in national and international film festivals and venues including SXSW, the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Film Society, the Big Muddy Digital Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival.

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.

“Being an online student with Eastern Oregon University has been a great opportunity for me. It has given me the chance to fulfill my dream of getting my degree in communications, and is flexible enough that I can be there for my family and take care of their needs. The staff and instructors I have encountered have been generous, caring, and always willing to help. The quality of instruction I have received through the online program at EOU has been exceptional. I am proud to be an EOU student!”

Liz Thompson
Communication Studies
Carson, Wash.

Popular Careers

  • Advertising
  • Communication Design
  • Public Relations
  • Management & Leadership
  • Education and Teaching
  • Film and Video Production

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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