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Communication Studies


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Today’s world of 24-7 news, self-generated content through social media and an over-abundance of information at our fingertips calls for professionals who can help organizations cut through the noise, and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.

Oregon Tech’s Communication Studies degree is built for creative innovators who want to learn how to reach within and across boundaries of organizations to create change, improve communication and excel in their field. With a unique opportunity to shape the program to fit your interests and career goals, Communication Studies prepares graduates to enter a variety of fields after graduation: management, marketing, public relations, law, government, education, health care, human relations, and all fields in which communication skills are vital.

As participants in the program, students develop and integrate knowledge, creativity, ethical practice, and skills in small classes – with generally 10-15 students – taught by professionally connected professors with real-world experience. Students examine and produce work in oral, written, and visual communication, and practice their skills in group and intercultural communication. There are also externship experiences available for students, as well as the International Media Seminar in Paris, and independent study opportunities for students.

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With several minors and certificates to choose from as well, the Communication Studies degree is chosen by many Oregon Tech students from all backgrounds as a way to stretch themselves as they build the foundation for their future profession.

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies





  • Klamath Falls

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Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown, Professor



Communication graduates bring a portfolio of education and skills to excel in their careers, including an understanding of nonverbal behavior, persuasion, research methods, mediation techniques, creativity, and electronic communication. Oregon Tech graduates have examined communication phenomena within individual relationships, organizations, health care institutions, demographic groups, and the mass media, and use these skills to drive results for their organizations.

The Communication Studies Program prepares students for careers at all types of organizations – from nonprofits to the corporate sector to education – in areas such as:

Career Paths:

  • Technical Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Marketing
  • Brand Management
  • Public Relations/Public Affairs
  • Video Producer/Editor

Previously available externships:

  • City of Klamath Falls
  • Jeld-Wen
  • Klamath Community Television and KOTI TV
  • Oregon Judicial Department
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center

Graduate Success
Among all Oregon Tech degrees 2014-2016

Employed: 88%
Continuing Education: 7%
Success Rate: 95%
Starting Median Salary: $56,000
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The B.S. in Communication Studies allows students students to choose core courses and electives from areas such as technical, organizational, and interpersonal communication. In addition, students build a career foundation by completing a focused sequence of electives, totaling 30 or more credit hours, that allows a choice of career-related areas of application and provides a foundation in technology, science, or business. Some examples of current Communication Studies courses include:

Developing Effective Multimedia Presentations

Interdisciplinary course introducing students to the tools and skills associated with designing, developing, presenting and disseminating state-of-the-art multimedia presentations, including hands-on experiences with graphics, digital media, etc.

Democracy and Media

Provides introduction to ownership/structure of media, politics, objectives and links to the corporate and national economy; introducing project analysis through ownership, sourcing, flak, advertising, ideology filters.

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Examines theories and strategies for conduct of conflict and negotiation across contexts, with topics such as: destructive conflict cycles, confronting/managing conflicts, social/psychological aspects.

Digital Media Production

Study of the technical aspects of digital media, design and production, including creating and editing videos.

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