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School of Arts & Sciences

Prepare to engage culture.

The School of Arts and Sciences houses the foundational liberal arts core of the university. Our mission is to train students for their calling as thoughtful Christian professionals who are prepared to engage culture in significant and meaningful ways.

Every Eagle begins their academic journey with us, taking introductory courses in history, composition, and mathematics from our passionate faculty.

These faculty members seek to create a community where gifts and personalities are nurtured to help you achieve your calling. We are writers and filmmakers. We are scientists and musicians. We are justice-bringers and aid-givers. We seek to see the world through fresh eyes and to take part in a better story, and we’re committed to helping you succeed in your chosen field.

With a variety of diverse majors, OKWU’s School of Arts and Sciences has the capacity to meet the needs of an ever-changing student body. Find your place here.

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Social and Behavioral Science

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MINORS

Humanities Minors

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Acting and Performance Minor

Required Courses:

Scriptwriting (Comm3453)
Digital Film Production & Lab (COMM 3823 & COMM 3820)
Faith and Film (Art 3893)
Film History (Comm 3113)
Comm Theater Internship
Perf 1901 Stagecraft
Perf 2901 Stagecraft
Perf 3901 Stagecraft
Perf 4901 Stagecraft

Critical Thinking and Persuasion Minor

Required Courses:

 Advanced Composition and Rhetoric (ENGL 4453)

Electives—Choose from any of the courses below:

Introduction to Critical Theory (LIT 4753))
Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3713)
Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 2313)
General Ethics (PHIL 2443)
Advanced Editing (ENGL 3353)
Methodologies of Apologetics (APOL 3123)
Critiques of Christianity (APOL 3233)
Multi-Cultural Apologetics (APOL 4543)
Biblical Hermeneutics (BLIT 3463)
Film History (ART 3113)
Faith and Film (ART 3893)
Negotiation Strategy (MGMT 4533)
Homiletics 1 (PAMI 3313)
Evangelism (PAMI 2113)
American Constitutional History (HIST 4843)
Any one (1) literature (LIT) course at 3000-level or higher

Digital Cinema Minor

Required Courses:

Introduction to Video Production (COMM 3273)

Choose from any four of the following:

Advanced Video Production & Lab (COMM 3673 & 3670)
Script Writing (COMM 3453)
Directing the Documentary (COMM 3683)
Digital Film Production & Lab (COMM 3823 & COMM 3820)
Film History (ART 3113)
Faith and Film (ART3893)
Special Topics in Film Studies (COMM 3873)

Choose from any three of the following:

Production Labs (COMM 2501/3501/4501)
Introduction to Graphic Design (COMM 2713)
Introduction to Mass Communication (COMM 2753)
Introduction to Photography (COMM 2373)
Introduction to Video Production (COMM 3273)
Digital Media Marketing (COMM 3513)
Production Labs (COMM 2501/3501/4501)
Other Communication Electives (COMM)

English Minor

Required Courses:

English Grammar (ENGL 3893) 3
Major American Novels (LIT 4243) 3
Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (LIT 4533)

Electives—Any combination of courses with an ENGL, LIT, or LING prefix

Graphic Design and Strategy Minor

Required Courses:

Intro to Graphic Design (COMM 2713)
Graphic Design 2 (COMM 3713)
Graphic Design 3 (COMM 3733)
Identity Strategy & Design (COMM 3423)

Choose two of the following:

Digital Media Marketing (COMM 3513)
Motion Graphics (COMM 3883)
Introduction to Digital Photography (COMM 2373)
Introduction to Video Production (COMM 3273)
Media Production Labs (COMM 2501, 3501, 4501)

Letters Minor

Choose from the following classes (classes must be uniquely counted for minor):

Interdisciplinary Seminar 1 (LTRS 1143/0) From Moses to Marx: Parting the Red Sea & Engaging the Proletariat or, as needed: 3

  • Classical Writing (LTRS 1103) 3
  • Covenants in Old Testament Context (LTRS 1113) 3
  • Contextualizing History: Biblical and Secular (LTRS 1413)

Interdisciplinary Seminar 2 (LTRS 1243/0) Where’s Our Savior? God, Government, and Writing Gurus or, as needed:

  • Gurus: Writing as Influence (LTRS 1203)
  • God, Salvation, and the New Testament (LTRS 1213)
  • Government and the US Democracy in Biblical Context (LTRS 1133)

Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 (LTRS 2143/0) Instagram Influencers and VSCO Girls: Rhetoric, Rebuttals and Reason; or, as needed:

  • Rhetoric and Speaking as Influence (LTRS 2703)
  • Reasoning in Ethics (LTRS 2443)**
  • Rationality of Christian Worldview (LTRS 3103)

Interdisciplinary Seminar 4 (LTRS 2243/0) Saving Richard III: Jesus, Freud, and Fallen Me

  • Cognition: the Psychology of Emotion (LTRS 2503)
  • Characters and Corruption in Shakespearean Literature (LTRS 2103)
  • Confronting Fallenness: Christian Spiritual Formation (LTRS 3023)

Lewis Fellowship (1901, 2901, 3901, 4901)
Practicum 1 (LTRS 3113)
Practicum 2 (LTRS 3123)
Senior Thesis 1 (LTRS 4113)
Senior Thesis 2 (LTRS 4123)

Writing & Editing Minor

Required Courses:

Advanced Composition and Rhetoric (ENGL 4453)
English Grammar (ENGL 3893)
Advanced Editing (ENGL 3353

Electives—Choose from any of the courses below

Major American Novels (LIT 4243)
Creative Writing: Fiction & Non Fiction (ENGL 3383)
Creative Writing: Poetry (ENGL 3253)
Writing & Editing Portfolio (ENGL 4753)
Writing & Editing Internship (ENGL 4653)
Writing for Mass Media (COMM 3223)
Introduction to Mass Communication (COMM 2753)
Introduction to Web Design (COMM 3103)
Script Writing (COMM 3453)
Digital Media Marketing (COMM 3513)
Public Relations (COMM 3643)
Production Lab: Media Writing (COMM 3701F)
Advanced Media Writing (COMM 4753)
Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3713)
Homiletics 1 (PAMI 3313)
Biblical Hermeneutics (BLIT 3463)

Music Minor

Required Courses:

Foundations of Music (MUSI 1173)
ANY Survey of Music Course
Elective MUSI Courses (up to 6 hours can be applied or performance credits)

Music Business Minor

Required Courses:

Foundations of Music (MUSI 1173)
Intro to Music Business and Production (MUSI2343)
Elective Business or MUSI Courses (up to 6 hours can be applied or performance credits)

Worship Production Minor

Required MUSI courses only IF NOT a Pastoral Ministry: Worship Arts major

Foundations of Music (MUSI 1173)
Christian Worship: Planning and Preparation (MUSI 3743)
Voice Lessons
Piano, Drum, or Guitar Lessons

Required COMM courses IF NOT a COMM Arts major (any)

Introduction to Graphic Design (COMM 2713)
Introduction to Photography (COMM 2373)
Introduction to Video Production (COMM 3273)
Digital Media Marketing (COMM 3513)
Production Labs (COMM 2501/3501/4501/)
Other Communication Electives (COMM)

Required Religion courses IF NOT a ministry major (any):

Christian Worship: Biblical and Historical Foundations (PAMI 3153)
Christian Spiritual Formation (SFOR 3023)

Theology Electives: Choose two of the following

Church and Culture (THEO 3233)
John Wesley (THEO 3533)
Systematic Theology 1 (THEO 3613)
Systematic Theology 2 (THEO 3623)

 

Worship Arts Minor

Required Courses:

Foundations of Music (MUSI 1173)
Christian Worship: Planning and Preparation (MUSI 3734)
Elective MUSI Courses (up to 6 hours can be applied or performance credits)

 

Science & Mathematics Minors

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Biology Minor

Required Courses:

General Biology (BIOL 1524)
General Microbiology (BIOL 3424)
Plant Biology (BIOL 3044) OR Principles of Ecology (BIOL 3254)
Any other two BIOL courses worth 3–4 credits*

Chemistry Minor

Required Courses:

General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 1514) 4
General Chemistry 2 (CHEM 1524)

Electives:

12 credits of Upper Division Chemistry courses

General Science Minor

Required Courses:

General Biology (BIOL 1524)
General Chemistry 1 & General Chemistry 1 Lab (CHEM 1514 & CHEM 1514L)
General Chemistry 2 & General Chemistry 2 Lab (CHEM 1524 & CHEM 1524L)
9 credits of Upper-Division Chemistry and/or Biology Courses

Mathematics Minor

Required Courses:

College Trigonometry (MATH 1713)
Calculus/Analytical Geometry 1 (MATH 2624)
Calculus/Analytical Geometry 2 (MATH 2714)
9 credits of Upper-Division Mathematics Courses*

Social & Behavioral Sciences Minors

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History Minor

Required Courses:

US History 1 (HIST 3163)
US History 2 (HIST 3173)
European History Overview (HIST 3283)
Choose 9 hours Upper-Division History (HIST)

Political Science Minor

Choose any 6 of the following courses:

World Systems and International Relations Since 1517 (POLS 4537)
American Constitutional History (HIST 4843)
History of American Foreign Relations (HIST 4163)
The Anglo-American Legal Tradition (PLAW 4213)
Business Law (GBUS 3213)
Negotiation Strategy (MGMT 4533)
Advanced Composition and Rhetoric (ENGL 4453)

Pre-Law Minor

Required Courses:

American Constitutional History (HIST 4843) 3
The Anglo-American Legal Tradition (PLAW 4213) 3
Lewis Fellowship (HUMA 1901/HUMA 2901/HUMA3901)

Additional Required (Choose 9 hours from the following)

Legal Studies Internship (PLAW 4903)
Advanced Composition and Rhetoric (ENGL 4453)
Criminal Law (CRMJ 2303)
Criminal Procedure (CRMJ 3003)
Introduction to Criminal Courts (CRMJ 2103)
Business Law (GBUS 3213)
Business Ethics (GBUS 3223)
Negotiation Strategy (MGMT 4533)

Psychology Minor

Required Courses:

Psychology of Personality (PSYC 3353)
Psychology of Abnormal Behavior (PSYC 4723)
History and Systems of Psychology (PSYC 3733)

Electives: Any 9 hours of PSYC or SOCI coursework

Sociology Minor

Required Courses:

Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1403)

Electives (Choose 15 hours from the following):

Marriage and Family Relations (PSYC 2433)
Social Problems (SOCI 3433)
Social Deviance (SOCI 3663)
Cultural Anthropology (SOCI 3763)
Victimology (CRMJ 4003)
Juvenile Justice Procedures (CRMJ 3203)
Introduction to Intercultural Ministry (GLST 2213)
Minority Group Relations (SOCI 3843)
Organizational Behavior (MGMT 3523)

Meet the faculty.

Kelly Chisum

Kelly Chisum

Instructor of Design
Dalene Fisher

Dalene Fisher

Dean, Assistant Provost, Assistant Professor of English
Eric Gray

Eric Gray

Associate Professor of English
Beverly Hartter

Beverly Hartter

Professor of Mathematics
Evan Hewitt

Evan Hewitt

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
Julie Hufstetler

Julie Hufstetler

Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
Stacy Pierce

Stacy Pierce

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
David Preston

David Preston

Executive Director of Development, Professor of Social Studies
Lisa Riggs

Lisa Riggs

Associate Professor of English and Literature
Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

Associate Professor of Music
Rosimar Truitt

Rosimar Truitt

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Brian Turner

Brian Turner

Associate Professor of Physics
William Vieux

William Vieux

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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