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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Communication and Journalism

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(248) 370-4120
Fax: (248) 370-4208

Department Website: oakland.edu/cj/


Chairperson: Jennifer M. Heisler

Professor: Sharon L. Howell

Associate professors: Kathleen M. Battles, Jacob Cayanus, Rose M. Cooper, Scott Crabill, Thomas Discenna, Rebekah Farrugia, Kellie Hay, Jennifer M. Heisler, David L. Lau, Lily Mendoza, Valerie Palmer-Mehta, Jeffrey Youngquist (director, Communication Program)

Assistant professors: You Li, Rebecca Mercado Thornton, Erin Meyers, Md. Abu Naser, Adina Schneeweis, Robert Sidelinger (supervisor, Communication internships)

Special instructors: Anne Becker, Elizabeth Talbert

Full-time adjunct instructors: Garry Gilbert (director, Journalism Program), Holly Shreve Gilbert, Christine Stover

Visiting instructor: Brian Hlavaty (Journalism supervisor, internships)

Lecturers in communication: Eileen Boseak, Scott Burke, Lisa Campbell, Elisabeth Durham Smith, Gene Fogel, Paul Fugate, Heather Haughey, Rich Heide, Timothy Johnston, Carol Anne Ketelsen, Reginald McCloud, Janet McKenney, James Perkinson, Charles Rinehart, Deandre Shepard, Michelle Southward, Aileen Sundstrom, Jon Wilkinson, Deborah Youngquist, Gina Zasadny

Lecturers in journalism: Mark Champion, Susan Evans, Kelly Kozlowski, Michelle Krebs, Kim Madeleine, Judith Sawyer, Ritu Sehgal, Catherine Shafran, John Stoll

Chief advisers: Beth Talber (Communication), Holly Gilbert (Journalism)

Academic adviser: Renee Ligeski (Communication)


The Department of Communication and Journalism offers programs of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication or Journalism, with the opportunity to concentrate in several areas within each major. Courses are available in communication theory, public and interpersonal communication, print and broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising, oral interpretation and mass media.

Communication and journalism training can enhance almost any career or life. There are many specialized careers that welcome students with communication knowledge and writing skills, e.g., journalism, media, law, teaching.  

Departmental Honors and Scholarships

All communication and journalism majors with a university grade point average of 3.00 or above are considered candidates for departmental honors. Honors are awarded to those candidates with the highest averages in major courses. The exact criterion varies from year to year. The department awards the following scholarships: the Creative Endeavors Scholarship for students demonstrating talent and passion in performance, the Macomb University Center Communication Student Awards, the Donald C.Hildum Scholarship for communication students demonstrating academic promise, the Oakland Press Scholarship for excellence in journalism, the Bunting and Briggs Freedom of the Press Scholarship, and the Richard D. French public relations tuition award.

Schedule of Classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes:sail.oakland.edu.



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