Tuesday with Tulsa: The Communication Department

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post was written by Dr. Joli Jensen, Professor of Communication at The University of Tulsa. We asked Dr. Jensen to tell us about the Communication Department at TU, and this is what she had to say….

I love teaching in the TU communication department because we teach relevant courses on media, culture and society that attract creative, engaged students.  We have carefully designed our curriculum to blend theoretical, historical and skills courses so that our graduates understand the history, limits and possibilities of today’s media, and learn the skills to thrive as citizens, consumers and participants in the new media environment.

Our department website and Facebook page will tell you more about us.

Our majors can choose to specialize in journalism, advertising/pr or media studies. They learn how to think and write clearly and effectively for print communication, and how to use broadcasting, graphic design, and documentary techniques for electronic communication.  We want to be sure that our majors can combine various modes of communication for effective participation in the emerging digital age.

Our graduates find employment in both profit and non-profit organizations, since there is always demand for students who can think and write well, plan campaigns, create innovative content, and use new media technologies, including social media, effectively.

Our faculty is always available to help each student shape their coursework to meet their goals.  As professors, we not only teach, but also do research in media studies–our specialty interests include Native American images, country music, the Soviet Internet, and sports and computer games.  Our adjunct faculty members are currently active in local journalism, public relations and advertising, and bring their expertise and connections into the classroom.

TU is a very supportive environment for communication students.  You can write for our campus newspaper, the Collegian, as well as produce shows for our campus TV station, TUTV (click here to view TUTV’s programming). We have a public radio station, KWGS. Our faculty are also involved in various certificate programs, including Creative Writing, Women’s and Gender Studies, Native American Studies, Museum Studies, and Arts Management.  We are developing a Digital Studies certificate right now.

So, if you are interested in communication, and want to understand and participate in the media, then TU gives you LOTS of ways to develop the insights and skills you’ll need.      Feel free to contact me, our department chair Dr.Mark Brewin, or any of us, for more information—