The strategic communication emphasis area offers many opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills across the discipline areas in mass communication. After completing the core, students select courses across disciplines such as multimedia production, sports, film, advertising, public relations, social media, news, broadcasting and photojournalism. Other areas include media law and ethics, crises communication, leadership, specialized publication, global communication, persuasion, organizational communication, small group and more. In strategic communication students are able to select the courses they need to succeed. The Art, Communication and Theatre department is also host to The Southwestern, an award-winning multimedia news outlet.
SWOSU Theatre is a robust and practical professional training program. Our students develop skills in acting, directing, script analysis, dramaturgy, and stage management but also have the opportunity to gain specialist training in our design and technical labs. The Hilltop Theatre is a 300 seat Black box space which boasts a full- time scenic construction and painting lab, costume and textiles lab, and a kitted-out control booth with ETC lighting and state-of-the art audio equipment not only for live productions but also for radio plays and voice work. Students staff the labs, design the shows, and are heavily involved in community outreach. We produce 3-5 fully realized productions each season as well as a variety of smaller scholar talks, screenings, and other events.