The School of Communication at The University of Akron blends fine and applied arts with the humanities and social sciences. Here, communication is seen as artistic and practical expression vital to a liberal arts education.
Students are encouraged to develop specific job-related skills in organizational and interpersonal communication, rhetoric, broadcasting, television production, and news. They receive valuable hands-on experience through an extensive internship program, the in-house TV studio, and media and computer labs.
Students also benefit from working with WZIP-FM, the radio station owned and operated by the University. WZIP-FM has a signal range reaching more than 1 million people and programming that includes contemporary music, news, interviews and university sports. The student newspaper, The Buchtelite, is published twice a week throughout the academic year.
The school's curriculum is frequently modified to accommodate new career, technological, and educational opportunities while preserving a solid liberal arts foundation. The School of Communication prepares students for careers in communication while helping them be more effective members of society.
The graduate program attracts students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. Several graduate students each year go on for doctoral and professional studies at other institutions.
The School of Communication is housed in Kolbe Hall, a recently remodeled building that features an outstanding array of technology and facilities.