Communication Arts

Academic Programs

The Communication Arts degree will prepare students to be competent communicators in today's diverse and evolving business, professional, and academic fields. Communication Arts has a variety of emphases through which a student can follow interests, develop abilities, and channel talents. Each area of study will enhance students’ critical thinking, communication, and field-specific technology skills. Studies include hands-on media and communication activities.

To supplement the academic experience, departmental organizations allow students to practice communication skills while having fun. In addition, internships provide students with experience in the professional world. Graduates of this program will: 1) understand the functionality of both communication and media within society; 2) develop knowledge and skills necessary to function as productive members in the communication arts field.  

Students wishing to study Communication Arts may choose from:

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Radio Production
  • Speech Communication
  • Video Production

A student in Communication Arts can…

  • Assist with live radio production at KCOZ, the College radio station
  • Cover news events on campus and in the community
  • Create and write for a newspaper, magazine, or other publication
  • Interview interesting people, such as entertainers and politicians
  • Organize and present speeches to campus groups
  • Plan large-scale events for the campus or the community
  • Record C of O basketball games for viewing on a professional television station
  • Record other events for campus departments and offices
  • Write and produce commercials
  • Write and produce videos
  • Write press releases for media outlets

Careers

Advertising
Arts Management
Audio-Visual Consulting
Technical Broadcast and Sound 
Broadcast News Analysis
Communication Management
Community Relations
Copywriting
Creative Directing
Development Communication 
Editing
Education
Employee Recruitment
Employee Relations
Government Lobbying
Graduate Studies
Human Resources Management  
Journalism
Law Enforcement
Law School
Magazine Writing and Publishing
Management
Marketing
Ministry
Newswriting and Reporting
Nonprofit Administration
Photography
Political Activism
Political Campaign Management
Printing and Publishing
Producing
Public Relations
Radio and Television Broadcasting
Sales
Social Media Development
Speech Writing
Training and Development
Video Production

Student Groups

Public Relations Club

The Public Relations (PR) Club is designed for anyone majoring in Communication Arts/Public Relations, or those who are simply interested in the PR field. The PR Club is a tremendous source for networking, career development, and social interaction. Actively involved in campus events, PR Club members participate in activities like Homecoming, club fairs, and more, and also volunteer in the community. In addition, PR Club affiliates have also taken many regional field trips to visit regional communication departments and organizations related to our field.

Please contact sponsor Dr. Stacy McNeill (mcneill@cofo.edu) for further information on the Public Relations Club.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). Founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas, LPH now has over 400 chapters worldwide.

The College of the Ozarks LPH chapter was established in January 2012 and aims to foster commitment to the communication discipline, promote professionalism, and honor student achievement.

The official six goals of LPH are (as stated on the NCA official website):

  1. Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.
  2. Stimulate interest in the field of communication.
  3. Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors.
  4. Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication.
  5. Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students.
  6. Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

C of O will induct new members in a ceremony in April. Elected candidates who meet all academic requirements will receive an invitation to the event.