Journalism is a liberal arts major designed to prepare students for careers in all aspects of journalism, from news to public relations and advertising and across all platforms of mass media, including print, broadcast and online. It is a student-centered, writing-intensive program with small class sizes (many are held in computer labs where 20 students is the maximum).
All of our courses involve active student participation. Students may concentrate on either print, broadcast or online journalism within the news track or may choose to follow a course of study that focuses on public relations or advertising or a combination of those areas of study. All journalism majors also study courses that apply across the profession, such as media ethics and law.
Journalism students also are actively involved outside the classroom, through student media outlets including The Oakland Post, The OU News Bureau, WXOU Radio and OUTV, the campus television station that airs local news, information and sports programming. All our students also complete internships, gaining valuable experience and contacts within a major media market, and produce portfolios of their work, which aid in beginning their careers.