Communication Studies

Discover the power of effective communication with a communication studies degree program at our Christian liberal arts university. Delve into various facets of communication, including interpersonal, organizational, and digital media, while grounding your learning in Christian principles. Develop critical skills in public speaking, conflict resolution, and media literacy, empowering you to engage meaningfully in today's interconnected world.

Whittney Petter

Class of 2024

"I am so grateful for the opportunities offered through the communication studies program. My professors challenged me to take the skills I learned in the classroom and utilize them in internship settings. I learned how, as believers, we can impact the world around us through communication. I can confidently say that OBU has equipped me for my professional career."

Benefits of OBU Communication Studies Program

With an OBU communication studies degree, you learn how to deal with conflict effectively, analyze messages and collect data as you make and communicate professional decisions. These skills will not only prepare you to meet your career goals, but also are beneficial in building successful relationships in any profession.

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!

Program Information


You will study interpersonal relationships and public communication acts in the context of politics, media and public relations.  You will have the opportunity to present original research at national communication conferences.

Professional Networking Opportunities

OBU faculty have connections with many local and regional non-profits and corporations in Oklahoma.

Internship Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to intern with local, regional, and national organizations. We help you find opportunities to intern with nonprofits, churches, event planning companies, or other regional businesses.

Job Opportunities and Outcomes

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of positions, including:

  • Regional Manager, Community Relations, Oklahoma Natural Gas
  • Public Affairs Specialist, NASA, Johnson Space Center
  • Creative Liaison, The Voice of the Martyrs – USA
  • VP of Account Services, Krush Digital Advertising Agency
  • Group Sales Account Executive, OKC Thunder
  • Communications Coordinator, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NYC
  • Executive Director of College and Career Readiness, OK State Dept of Education
  • Associate Professor of Communication, William Jewell College
  • Director of Development, Baptist Village Communities, OKC
  • Communication Specialist with Undergraduate Admissions, OSU, Stillwater
  • Senior Assoc. Athletic Director for Strategic Initiatives, Fordham University, NYC
  • Associate Creative Lead, Oklahoma Baptists, OKC
  • Communications Coordinator, The Academy of Classic Christian Studies
  • Director of Development, Catholic Charities, Inc., Wichita

Program Options

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


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. Kaylene Barbe

Dr. Kaylene Barbe

Frank W. Patterson Professor of Communications
Professor of Communication Studies

Ann McNellis

Ann McNellis

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

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