College of Arts & Cultural Studies

Brittaney Gaither
Music Education
"I had an offer to study at Juilliard, but I chose ORU. I hope more students learn about the ORU Music Department, because it truly is just as good."
Sharlene Kanold
Graphic Design
"The art and design program at ORU has taught me essential principles of art and has allowed me to think more creatively."
Jesus Hernandez
Music Performance
"The theory, fundamentals, training and piano classes are really good - it's wonderful, knowledge for any musician."
Seth Harman
Drama/TV/Film Performance
"Watching my professors' passion for theatre has made my passion rise in this field more than I ever thought! I have loved every minute here."
Ben Lindsey
Mass Media Communication
"I learned so much in the multi-media lab, we were given class projects that offered real-world experience in the latest technology."


The College of Arts and Cultural Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum which encompasses significant areas of liberal arts knowledge—fine arts, humanities, languages and literature. The College of Arts and Cultural Studies houses the academic departments of Communication, Arts and Media, History, Humanities and Government, English and Modern Languages and Music.

We consider our alumni's accomplishments the greatest evidence of our school's effectiveness:

  • Our graduates are employed by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX and CBN networks.
  • Alumnus Jim Stovall is the founder and CEO of the Emmy-Award winning  Narrative Television network that provides voice narration to media serving 13 million blind and visually impaired persons in the United States.
  • Alumnus Clifton Taulbert wrote The Last Train North and Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, which was named to the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a major motion picture.
  • Alumnus Dennis Johnson served as Director of the UCLA Language Resources Program, an operation that trained teachers at the prestigious graduate school's Academy of Social Science in Beijing, China.
  • 90 percent of the department's graduates who apply to law school are accepted.
  • One of our recent French language students was hired by the CIA.
  • Professor Donald Ryan, also an alumnus, is an internationally acclaimed pianist who was a Madeyska Award recipient in the Chopin  Competition. He is a Steinway Artist.
  • Graduates with minors in Modern Hebrew have been accepted in graduate programs at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University in Israel.

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ORU Media Students Recognized for Research and Communication by International Association of Business Communicators

Oral Roberts University media students have been recognized for their research, innovation and communication management abilities through two Bronze Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The awards identify excellent research and communication across corporate, non-profit, advertising, marketing and government sectors.

ORU to Host Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable

Oral Roberts University will be the host site for the 2013 Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable. The conference will take place on the ORU campus in the Timko Barton Performance Hall on Oct. 11, 2013.

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