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Ouachita Baptist University
Communications

Professional career opportunities include those in magazines, advertising, public relations, radio, television, newspapers, teaching and related fields. Also, through practical experience, students are able to gain understanding in their field of study.

 

Job Opportunities

  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Video Production
  • Writing & Editing
  • Publication Design
  • Photography
  • Online Media
  • Marketing
  • Church Media/Communications*

* The Christian Media/Communications major, which involves a partnership between Christian studies and humanities, includes a double major in Christian studies and mass communications. It is designed to prepare graduates for media-related vocations in Christian organizations, institutions and other ministry settings.

As a mass communications major you will learn to:

  • Understand and apply First Amendment principles and the law appropriate to professional practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications
  • Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information
  • Work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity; think critically, creatively and independently
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work

What Our Students Are Saying

Rance Collins – Hillsboro, Texas
“The mass communications department at Ouachita has given me the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a variety of media. It has allowed me to simultaneously write a column for the paper, contribute articles to the yearbook and produce news packages for the video department. Meanwhile, the classes have taught me everything from publication design to script writing to communication law. Thanks to the department, I am qualified for numerous jobs in this media-centric digital age.”

Holland Powell – Nashville, Ark.
“I know that as I leave Ouachita, the mass communications department has prepared me with an excellent education and hands-on experience that will lead to a positive career path. My experience editing for The Signal has given me the confidence I need to feel I will have an influence in the world of communications.”

Notable Mass Communications Graduates

Mitch Bettis (’90)
General Manager
Lake Media
Osage Beach, Mo. President
Freeman Publications, Inc.
Northwest Colorado
Rex Nelson (’82)
President
Arkansas Independent Colleges & Universities
Little Rock, Ark.
Lannie Byrd (’97)
Senior Director or Marketing and Online Services
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Ark.
Kenneth Patterson (’07)
Sports Marketing Coordinator
TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company
Carlsbad, Calif.
Kaylan Christopher (’02)
Editorial Manager
Communications Ministry, Brentwood Baptist Church
Brentwood, Tenn.
Kyle Proctor (’02)
Senior Account Manager
Rockfish Interactive
Little Rock, Ark.
Damona Fisher (’83)
Manager, Advertising/Public Relations/Market Support
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Little Rock, Ark.
Denver Peacock (’94)
Vice President-Director of Public Relations
Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods
Little Rock, Ark.
Brent Gambill (’01)
Executive Producer, MLB Network Radio
Executive Producer, Sports Social Networking
Sirius XM Radio
Washington, D.C.
Matt Ramsey (’03)
Director of Information and Communications
Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Little Rock, Ark.
Sonja J. Keith (’84)
Publisher & Editor
501 Life
Conway, Ark.
Dr. John Sowers (’96)
President
The Mentoring Project
Portland, Ore.
Daphne Davis Moore (’92)
Communications Director
The Walton Family Foundation
Bentonville, Ark.
Jonny Stewart (’06)
Supervising Producer
Omelet LA (Branding and Advertising)
Los Angeles, Calif.
Stephen Myers (’06)
Video and Photo Manager
Pine Cove Inc.
Tyler, Texas
Miranda McKay Telford (’05)
Creative Arts Coordinator
Cross Point Community Church
Nashville, Tenn.