School of Humanities Mission
The mission of the School of Humanities of Ouachita Baptist University is to provide quality education in the academic areas of Communications, English, and Modern Foreign Languages in concert with the mission of the University as a church-related, liberal arts University. As such, the faculty is committed to providing an atmosphere of learning dependent upon excellent instruction, careful student advising, challenging assignments, and thoughtful dialogue. Further, the faculty is committed to professional growth.
Rogers Department of Communications Mission
As an active part of a church-related, liberal arts institution, the Rogers Department of Communications is committed to combining the love of God with the love of learning. We are further committed not only to educating our students but also to preparing them for places of leadership and service. We seek to accomplish these goals by providing opportunities for our students to grow in their abilities to think critically, to think creatively, to mature in their appreciation of the world, to communicate effectively and to accept their obligation to serve God and humanity.
Communications and Media students will
- demonstrate an understanding of the history, theories, and role of communications in society, as well as current issues in each of the major fields of media.
- understand concepts and demonstrate an ability to apply theories in the creative production and presentation of images and information. The students should be able to employ technology appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.
- demonstrate the ability to write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve. They should also demonstrate accuracy and fairness in media writing.
- know and understand communications law appropriate to professional practice.
- demonstrate the ability to think critically and independently.
- demonstrate the ability to create and present messages appropriate to audience, purpose, and context.
- Strategic Communications: Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and present an integrated advertising/public relations plan that meets the objectives established by a real-world client and reflects the content of the courses completed in the emphasis.
- Visual Media & Film: Students should demonstrate an understanding of the history and impact of the film and broadcasting media and should demonstrate effective skill in creating meaningful content for these media and other platforms.
- Multimedia Journalism: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate stories using both print and video platforms.
- Sports Media: Students will demonstrate the story-telling of sports events and people through print or broadcasting.
- Communication Studies: Students will demonstrate an ability to present oral arguments reflecting rhetorical theory and will demonstrate an understanding of theories and concepts of interpersonal communication.
Department of Language and Literature Mission
The mission of the Department of Language and Literature is to provide the students of the university and other constituencies the highest quality education in language and literature.
Students completing the baccalaureate program in English will
- have a knowledge of English syntax and the works, genres, and periods of English and American literature that compares favorably with that of English majors graduating from other American institutions,
- be capable of writing an essay on a literary topic that is knowledgeable, mechanically correct, and rhetorically effective,
- be capable of reading works of English or American literature with mature understanding,
- be able to conduct research in the field of English and American literature, and
- be able to combine the four areas outlined above in documented essays that show a knowledge of literature, an ability to convey that knowledge through effective writing skills, an ability to read a literary work with mature understanding, and an ability to support their conclusions with what they have discovered in their
Students completing the baccalaureate program in Spanish will
- to read Spanish-language current periodicals, academic articles, and literature.
- to write essays, compositions and academic papers in Spanish.
- to speak Spanish, correctly using all verbal tenses and grammatical moods, with a minimum of mistakes and pauses.
- to comprehend spoken Spanish in subjects that include historical and current events, and academic presentations.
- to be capable of engaging positively with native Spanish speakers through an effective understanding of the cultures, history and values of the Spanish-speaking world as demonstrated by success in study abroad or service learning.