Communication & Fine ArtsBurrell Hall7000 Adventist Blvd NWHuntsville, AL 35896
Phone: (256) 726-7533Fax: (256) 726-7531
PurposeThe Department of Communication exists to prepare students for careers in the areas of broadcast journalism, commercial art, communication arts, photojournalism, print journalism, and public relations. The department provides high quality programs grounded in a Christian perspective. These programs equip students with skills that allow them to compete effectively in today’s marketplace.
Service DepartmentThe department provides general education course offerings in public speaking and art, thus serving most students.
High School PreparationStudents wishing to major in communication or art should follow the college preparatory program in high school. Students should endeavor to read widely and learn to express themselves clearly and correctly in speech and in writing.
Admission RequirementsAdmission to Oakwood University does not guarantee admission to the Department of Communication. Freshmen intending to major in the department receive provisional admission upon arrival or declaration of the major.
Any student may apply for admission to this department after meeting the following requirements:
• Completion of 32 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;• Completion of EN 111: Freshman Composition with minimum grade of C;• Completion of CO 201: Public Speaking with a minimum grade of C; and• Completion of the Departmental Diagnostic Exam
Exit RequirementsDuring their final year, all majors are required to:
• pass an exit examination with a minimum passing grade of C.• complete a senior project specific in their area of concentration. Projects may include activities such as portfolio presentations, participation in art shows, and research papers.
Career OpportunitiesStudents in communication are prepared for professional careers in broadcasting, journalism, and public relations, or for media-related positions in education and industry. Other opportunities include graduate school, consulting, law, library science, public affairs, and teaching. Artists find employment in a variety of professions in thousands of organizations around the world. For more detail on career opportunities, refer to the departmental website.