About the Department

The Department of Communication educates students for a variety of professional opportunities in communication and media as well as graduate study in communication, law, business administration, and other areas. Depending on their electives, students can prepare themselves for careers in organizational communication, advertising and public relations, broadcasting, journalism, media studies, visual communication and related fields.

To supplement its curriculum, the Department of Communication supports several extracurricular activities so that students can gain hands-on media experience. TUTV, for example, is a weekly student-produced cable television program that allows students to participate in all aspects of the television writing and production process. Every spring, the Department sponsors an advertising course in which students prepare for a national student advertising competition. Other students practice their writing and photography and digital media skills at the TU student newspaper, The Collegian, which is published weekly during the semester.

The Communication Department also works with students to place them in semester-long internships at media outlets, public relations firms, advertising agencies, nonprofit organizations and other sites. The internship experience is designed students “real world” professional experience they can use to make the transition from the classroom to the workplace. For working 150 hours on the job, students receive three hours of academic credit for approved communication internships. With the approval of the Department’s internship coordinator, students may receive credit for internships outside of the Tulsa area. Over the years, TU communication students have completed successful internships in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and other cities.

Notable TU Communication Graduates

The TU Department of Communication has a distinguished record of education in journalism and communication. Over the years, the Communication Department has produced many students who have notable careers in journalism, broadcasting and other areas of communication. A partial list of notable TU graduates in the media and communication is provided below.

  • Jim Hartz, former host, NBC's Today Show
  • Ken Neal, former editorial pages editor, Tulsa World
  • Edward Dumit, long-time radio host and arts producer, KWGS radio, Tulsa
  • Steve Turnbo, chief executive officer, Schnake Turbo Frank Public Relations, Tulsa
  • Danna Sue Walker, columnist, Tulsa World
  • Bill Hinkle, Hinkle Creative Services, Inc., Tulsa
  • Bob Brown, correspondent, 20/20, ABC News
  • Becky Dixon, pioneering female sports broadcaster, ABC Sports
  • Bob Losure, former anchor, CNN Headline News, Atlanta
  • Ken Busby, executive director and CEO, Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa
  • Howard Magner, associate editor, Milwaukee Magazine
  • Melanie Henry, former news director, KOKI Fox 23, Tulsa
  • Kim Jackson, reporter, KTUL Channel 8, Tulsa
  • Chris Plank, sports radio host, 1430 The Buzz, OKlahoma
  • Justin Hathaway, assistant sports editor, Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union