Purpose and Goals of the Department of Communication & Fine ArtsThe mission of the Communication Department is to shape the communication professionals of tomorrow by providing a synergistic learning experience that combines spiritual awareness, theoretical grounding, and practical application, thus enabling our students to successfully compete in today’s marketplace.
Majors & Minors Offered
What can you do with this degree?Students 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.
The possibilities are endless: Communication Media Concentration: Broadcast Journalism Newscaster, Reporter, Station Manager, Producer, Director, etc.
Communication Media Concentration: Photojournalism Documentary Filmmaker, Web designer, Magazine Photographer (web and print based), etc.
Communication Media Concentration: Print Journalism Magazine Editor (web and print based), Layout Editor, Multimedia Journalist, etc.
Communication Concentration: Public Relations CEO/President of an agency, Strategist, Coordinator, Senior Manager, etc.
Communication Concentration: Communication Arts University Professor, Trainer, Speech Writer, Politician, Campaign Director, Lawyer, Radio Talk Show Host, etc.
Affirmation From Students/Alumni“The photography program at Oakwood University has helped develop the artist in me. The training there taught me to shoot beyond my natural eye, while utilizing several of the techniques I learned.” —Alex Carlisle, Class of 2012 | AS in Art: Photography
“I found my personal, professional and spiritual voice at Oakwood. The Oakwood Communication department taught me how to listen—to myself, to the world, and most importantly, to God!” —Michael Hubbard, Class of 1985
Student Honorees at the 2016 James E. Dykes Communicator Awards
“Even though I have a career in IT, I truly believe that my communication studies at Oakwood University set me on a path of success. Classes such as small group, interpersonal and intercultural communication equipped me with the skills and the confidence I needed to communicate effectively in any setting. A communication degree from OU will provide you with the tools you need to thrive professionally.” —Lee Munro, Class of 2014 | BA in Communication Media: Print Journalism
“If it were not for Oakwood’s Communication department, I would not have had the success I’ve had in television news! The instructors pushed us, encouraged us, gave us strict deadlines; all to prepare us for the tough world of daily news! Not only was I well prepared, but was on the top of my game and moved from the reporter to anchor ladder faster than many of my colleagues! I’m forever thankful for my instructors and the work ethic they helped me to cultivate!” —Kym Richardson, Class of 1993 | Anchor WPMI-TV/Local 15, Mobile, AL
Application for AdmissionAdmission 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: Fundamentals of Public Speaking with a minimum grade of C; and • Completion of the Departmental Diagnostic Exam
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.
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.
Communication & Fine ArtsBurrell Hall7000 Adventist Blvd NWHuntsville, AL 35896
Phone: (256) 726-7533Fax: (256) 726-7531