Division of Communication Arts

Embark on a transformative journey in Communication Arts at our Christian liberal arts university, where creativity and diverse disciplines converge. As a communication arts student, you'll explore communication studies, journalism, theatre, film, writing, public relations, acting, directing and more through innovative interdisciplinary emphases. Through hands-on experiences, performances, and practical applications, you'll synthesize theory into real-world practice, fostering artistic, social, cultural, spiritual, and professional growth. Join us and unleash your potential as a well-rounded communicator and artist.

Featured Program

Theatre

Explore your passion for theatre in a Christian learning environment at OBU. As a theatre student, you will thrive in a collaborative atmosphere, producing a diverse range of classic and contemporary works.

Preparing Students for What’s Next

The “what’s next” for our students is amazing as some have found jobs at NASA, TV stations nationwide, and performing in New York. Many have gone to work with non-profits, education, churches, production companies and many other creative careers. Our students have the opportunity to go into broadcasting, theatre arts, public relations, communications and journalism with several options existing within each of those areas. We’ve had students go to work with the Oklahoma City Thunder, multiple television network affiliates in Oklahoma City and across the country, Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson and many other notable employers.

Lia Hillman

Class of 2017

“OBU equipped me to appreciate the value of education and embrace the relationships I made,” she said. “I honestly think that if I did not have my experience at OBU, I would not be the teacher or person I am today. I strive to be like my professors every single day: challenging yet compassionate, firm yet friendly, rigorous yet reliable. I would not have the courage to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.”

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

OBU provides a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship to every incoming first-time freshman and $8,000 to every incoming transfer student. And you could qualify for even more financial aid! Many of our students also receive money through federal Pell grants and OBU Bison Grants.

To get an estimate of what your cost to attend OBU might be, please check out our Net Price Calculator. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is. Especially considering the incredible academic quality, personal mentor relationships with faculty and staff, and strong Christian commitment you will experience at OBU. You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else!

Scholarships and Grants

Undergraduate Programs

Communication Studies

Explore the power of effective communication with a communication studies degree program at our Christian liberal arts university. Delve into various facets of communication while grounding your learning in Christian principles.

Communication Studies

Journalism and Mass Communication

Unlock your storytelling potential with a journalism and mass communication degree from OBU. Tailor your path by selecting between journalism and film/media production.

Journalism and Mass Communication

Theatre

Enhance your passion for theatre in a Christian learning environment at OBU. As a theatre student, you will thrive in a collaborative atmosphere, producing a diverse range of classic and contemporary works.

Theatre

 

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Benjamin Baxter

Benjamin Baxter

Chair, Division of Communication Arts
Associate Professor of Animation and Media Production

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Co-Provost
Dean of Theology, Arts and Humanities
Floyd K. Clark Chair of Christian Leadership
Professor of Religion