Earn Your Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

Journalism and Mass Communication (JMAS) is offered through the division of Communication Arts in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts.

When students graduate from OBU with a degree in JMAS, they will understand the history of mass communication, the theories of mediated communication, and ethical and legal issues. They will also learn how to write across platforms, complete basic photography and videography projects, and participate in co-curricular, student-produced media.

JMAS students may choose an emphasis in either journalism or media. Journalism students will learn news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, online writing/publication, layout/design, photography and editing, as well as interviewing and marketing skills. Media students will gain hands-on training in audio/video, multimedia production, post production, editing, church media and visual storytelling. Students in both emphasis areas will be able to take advantage of an active internship program, opportunities to contribute to exciting, professional student productions, and use of comprehensive audio/video production facilities.

Program Options

Program Options Degree Plan
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Journalism and Mass Communication: Journalism Emphasis PDF
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Journalism and Mass Communication: Media Emphasis PDF
Minor in Media  PDF
Minor in Journalism PDF

What makes an OBU JMAS degree special?

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication become academically engaged in the field while learning real-world skills to create a professional portfolio and successfully enter their chosen career.

Journalism students will be involved in The Bison, OBU's weekly student newspaper, the Yahnseh, OBU’s annual yearbook, and/or OBU-TV, OBU's weekly, online newscast. All student media productions have won numerous awards for comprehensive, quality news. Most recently, our reporters have won Oklahoma Press Association awards, as well as regional and national awards with the Society of Professional Journalism.

Media students will be engaged immediately in producing high quality works in news, sports, variety, documentary, and/or church media. Since projects are student-produced, media students are guaranteed hands-on training both on- and off- camera as well as in the editing booth, working within a creative atmosphere, using varied and comprehensive equipment, and collaborating with a friendly and experienced staff. 

What are OBU grads doing with their JMAS degrees?

Our graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Photographer, New York Times, Reuters
  • Copy Editor – Florida Baptist
  • Reporter—The Pulitzer Center
  • Reporter—Telemundo
  • PR Manager, Norman Art Museum
  • Editor, Cookson Hills Publishers
  • Social Media Coordinator, OBU
  • Owner, Bark Loud Media Writer
  • Producer, Kakao Communications, South Korea
  • Reporter, Shawnee News-Star
  • Reporter Tri-County Herald
  • Reporter, Washington Times
  • Denver Post
  • Arkansas Graphic Design
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Oklahoma Sports Network
  • Technical Consultant, Dallas
  • Managing Editor, Shawnee News-Star
  • PR Editor, Louisiana newspaper
  • Multimedia Technician, BGCO, OK
  • KSAT-TV, San Antonio
  • Sports Reporter, KVII-TV, Amarillo, TX
  • Sports Anchor, KOTV-TV, Tulsa, OK
  • News Producer, KOTV-TV, Tulsa, OK
  • Documentary Producer, Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA)
  • Video Producer,
  • KSAT-TV, San Antonio
  • Remote Photographer, Christian Broadcasting Network
  • Investigative Reporter, Independence Institute
  • Photographer, WWL TV
  • Oklahoma State Regents
  • Life Today
  • Graduate School, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Graduate School, University of Oklahoma
  • Video Editor, Back to the Bible
  • Media Director, Pur Image Media Services
  • Chief Creative Officer, Insight Creative Group
  • Co-Founder, Lampstand Media
  • Sports Anchor/Reporter, KCBI Dallas
  • Station Manager, KYSE Frederick/Lawton


Learn more about our Communication Arts faculty.

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