Purpose and Goals of the Department of Communication & Fine ArtsThe Department of Communication and Fine Arts exists to prepare students for careers in the areas of broadcast journalism, visual design, 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 21st century 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 Communication Department brings everything to life; from the academics, to the students, and the faculty. The department embraces the different personalities and it all comes together to make a perfect atmosphere for learning. People say learning can’t be fun, but in our department we prove that theory wrong.” —Ariel Thompson ‘14
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
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