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FROM THE PRESIDENT
Our story begins in 1907 when the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma appointed an education commission to establish a Baptist university. Those pioneers envisioned a university grounded in the liberal arts—preparing students to integrate their Christian faith and disciplines as educators, doctors, lawyers, artists, musicians, missionaries, pastors, entrepreneurs, writers, poets, actors and economists. You might be wondering how your story aligns with ours. We want to help you become the person God intends. We will prepare you to think critically about worldviews, values and truth by equipping you to do the following: » Pursue academic excellence » Integrate faith with all areas of knowledge » Engage a diverse world » Live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ Our master plan, OBU 2020, calls for the implementation of several strategic initiatives which will lead us to become a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence. These initiatives are focused on helping students, like yourself, become what God intends. Let us join you in your journey—become U at OBU.
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I AM A COMMUNICATOR. I am interested in engaging different ideas and worldviews,
ministering to people around me, using my imagination, inspiring others, learning new languages, reading great books and expressing myself through writing.
HAS ANYONE EVER ASKED YOU, “WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?”
We know. It’s a difficult question, mainly because it’s about the future. But imagine there are no obstacles to your dream life or dream job. The usual deal-breakers (time, money, relationships) don’t apply. Now ask yourself again, “If I could do anything in the world, what would it be?” Don’t be afraid to dream big—identifying what you want to “be” when you “grow up” is really the answer to a much larger question: “Who do U want to become?” It’s really a question about the present, because God has already given you special gifts and passions. And those gifts and passions are as unique as His purpose for your life. So this book is not just about OBU. It’s about you. It is your story— the story of how you came to be U by discovering your interests, imagining the possibilities and becoming the person God intends. For the past 100 years, OBU has been helping individuals just like you become the people God created them to be. Last year, almost 1,800 students from more than 40 states and 20 countries chose OBU as the place to start their journey of becoming. They were drawn to OBU’s integrated approach to learning that helps students view different subjects through a Christian lens. They found their passions addressed by our 84 programs of academic study.
DAVID W. WHITLOCK
President, Oklahoma Baptist University
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At OBU, we believe faith and knowledge work together to shape you. Our core curriculum and encouraging faculty will help you develop strong communication skills, global awareness and the ability to think critically and creatively. Choosing a college is not just about choosing a future career path. It is an exhilarating and challenging journey of personal growth and preparation that begins right now. So whether you dream of being a hero, an artist, a healer, a thinker, a servant, a life changer, a community leader or just your personal best—at OBU, we help you become U.
I AM AN ARTIST. I am interested in being
creative, expressing myself through design and illustration, working with my hands, learning new technology and techniques and finding beauty in ordinary things.
BECOME U AT OBU. YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE.
WHO ARE U?
At OBU, you can choose from 10 bachelor’s degrees and 84 different majors. Most tracks are flexible and can be tailored to your strengths and interests. The identity profiles on page 22 will help you consider your areas of interest and suggest a few majors for you. For a complete listing of OBU’s academic offerings, visit us online at okbu.edu/majors.
CITIZEN SERVANT ARTIST MUSICIAN EXPLORER ORGANIZER PEACEMAKER THIN
I AM A SERVANT. I am interested in digging deeper into
God’s Word, helping others experience the love of Christ, learning about the history of my faith, exploring other cultures and continents and serving in my church.
I AM A PEACEMAKER. I am interested in getting
involved in my community, helping others heal from past hurts, bringing peace to families in crisis, solving problems, going on mission trips and making a difference in people’s lives.
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Your journey to becoming U is not a solo trip. Discovering how to connect your God-given gifts with classroom training occurs best in the context of family and friends. OBU offers you a campus life rich with meaningful friendships and encouraging mentors. The friends and faculty you meet on Bison Hill will become your family away from home. You can connect with your peers and professors in more than 110 student organizations focused on the following areas: » Academics » Student Government » Music Performance » Social Clubs » Campus Activities » Intramural Sports » Volunteer Service
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Everyone needs a group to provide support when the going gets tough. Everyone needs friends who challenge us to reach higher. Engaging in community provides you with opportunities to work on a team toward a common goal, develop leadership and create lifelong relationships because of shared experiences.
Want to connect with others who share your interests? Check out the 100-plus campus organizations. Some are academic in nature, some are committed to meeting human needs, some are devoted to spiritual development and some even involve an overseas adventure! Create a moment. Create some memories. Get involved!
How do you meet students who aren’t in your classes? Get involved in intramurals! There is a variety of sports from which to choose including your traditional flag football, racquetball, tennis, basketball and softball plus crazy contests in Ultimate Frisbee, miniature golf, futsal and Gotcha.
Interested in being an advocate for your peers and leaving your legacy on Bison Hill? Put your leadership skills into action by running for a class office or filling a Senate seat.
BECOMING ENGAGED IN COMMUNITY …
» Honor Societies » Student Recruitment » Professional Organizations » Campus Ministry and Outreach (see page 26 for more information about campus ministry opportunities)
There are 30 other students on your hall. So how do you get acquainted with your neighbors? The people you live with are the easiest friends to make! You see them every day, play video games, watch your favorite television program, catch up on the latest campus news and, sometimes, even study together.
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You’ll find everything you need at the RAWC for a hard-core workout. We have treadmills, incline and elliptical trainers and FreeMotion™ weight machines. We have rowers, recumbent and upright bikes, epic strength and cross cable machines. We also have a great range of free fitness classes that give you the chance to try something new. Check out a few of the options: » Indoor Cycling
THE RAWC: RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
The RAWC (Recreation and Wellness Center) is one of the newest and most popular buildings on campus. This state-of-the-art facility was built specifically with OBU students in mind. You will find the RAWC is more than just a gym—it’s a community of sports fanatics, health enthusiasts and life adventurers. You can join forces with these individuals by participating in group fitness classes and intramural sports programs, and in learning how to stay healthy. The facility includes: » 50 free-standing cardio and weight machines » 29-foot rock climbing wall » Indoor running track » Three basketball/volleyball courts » Three racquetball courts » Junior Olympic indoor pool and locker rooms
» Boot Camp » Cardio Kickboxing » Self-defense » Abs and Core » Water Fitness » Pilates If you’re new to the gym, don’t worry! The RAWC staff will help you learn your way around the facility and help you decide if you’d rather learn the ropes of rock climbing, try your hand at racquetball or improve your endurance with a swim. At OBU you can push your physical self to become stronger, faster and healthier. However, it’s not all about cardio boot camp. Ever heard of wallyball? Gather up your friends and hit the court to have a great time while burning a few calories and relieving some of that college stress.
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» Baseball » Basketball » Cross Country
» Basketball » Cross Country » Golf » Indoor Track & Field » Lacrosse » Outdoor Track & Field » Soccer » Softball » Swimming/Diving » Tennis » Volleyball
BECOMING A BISON
Becoming U at OBU also means you become a Bison. That’s an invitation to join a community of sports lovers, a world-class coaching staff and committed athletes. So whether you want to scream like a maniac from the stands or stretch your athletic ability, OBU has a place for you on the team. We offer 17 varsity sports and eight junior varsity-level sports programs. By 2013, OBU will offer 21 varsity sports, making it one of the largest programs in the NAIA. We added men’s and women’s swimming in 2011 and will begin women’s lacrosse competition in the spring of 2013. Currently, OBU offers the only varsity college swim team in Oklahoma. We’re also returning to our football roots by adding a varsity team in the fall of 2013. Our athletes have claimed 51 All-American recognitions. When you join OBU athletics, you’re joining good company—the company of champions. Become a fan. Become part of the team. Become a Bison.
» Football » Golf » Indoor Track & Field » Outdoor Track & Field » Soccer » Swimming/Diving » Tennis
» Our indoor track and field Lady Bison won the 2010 and 2011 NAIA titles. » The men’s basketball team captured the 2010 NAIA Division I Championship. » Bobby Cox, the Bison’s Head Baseball Coach, was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2011. » Track Coach Ford Mastin is a four-time NAIA National Coach of the Year. » The Bison played in the 2011 NAIA College World Series. Three players were drafted by major league teams. » Women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s track all claimed Sooner Athletic Conference Championships in 2010-2011. Off the field… » OBU athletes are consistently named NAIA Scholar Athletes. » Our baseball team raised more than $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. » The Lady Bison volleyball team supported Soles4Souls by collecting more than one ton of shoes!
OBU TRADITION: KA-RIP
Ka-Rip is OBU’s competition-confounding school yell. When you become a Bison, one of your first assignments will be to learn Ka-Rip. You can start practicing now if you’d like, but you will have plenty of opportunities to learn it during Welcome Week. Ka-rip Ka-rap Ka-riplo typlo tap Oh! Oh! Rincto lincto hio-totimus Hopula scipula copula gotimus Chink-to-lack Chink-to-lee Ka-willa, Ka-walla, Ka Victory Oh! Oh! Hoogula choogula choogula can. Ragula tagula melican man Let’er go rip, let’er go ruse Tingula Tangula, turn’em a-loose Zip! Bang! OBU!
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BECOMING U @ OBU
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OUR STORY YOUR STORY
OBU academics integrate faith into all fields. You’ll hear a Christian worldview in business classes just as you will in religion classes. We’ve remained faithful to our founders’ vision of providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to education. Every OBU degree program features a common core of classes designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge. We know God is working in your life to transform you. We want to join you on the journey of becoming U. The Student Success Center was created to help you perform to your very best abilities in the classroom. The Success Center staff will help you develop successful study skills and better understand your courses. They provide support for all core subjects as well as discipline-specific courses. You can find a study group or meet oneon-one with a peer mentor. Our Honors Program will enhance your classroom learning by allowing you to pursue special interests and participate in hands-on learning and service experiences. An honors thesis is an option that will take you outside the classroom and broaden your experience through an intensive research experience. When you leave OBU you will be equipped to lead and serve. As a Christian liberal arts university, OBU transforms lives by equipping students to:
Throughout the years, OBU has helped thousands of men and women, just like you, discover and tell the stories of their lives. Today, almost 23,000 OBU alums are impacting the world with their skills and faith. They are authors, teachers, ministers, musicians, artists, journalists, biologists, veterinarians, chemists, entrepreneurs, community servants, nurses, athletes, government officials, attorneys and more. Consider this:
» OBU GRADUATES HAVE A 90+ PERCENT ACCEPTANCE RATE TO MEDICAL SCHOOL. » OBU BUSINESS GRADS HAVE SCORED IN THE TOP 10 PERCENT IN THE NATION ON THEIR MAJOR FIELD EXAMS. » RECENT OBU TEACHER EDUCATION STUDENTS PASSED THEIR COMPETENCY EXAMS AT A RATE OF 97 PERCENT, AND 99 PERCENT ARE TEACHING FULL TIME. » OBU MUSIC EDUCATION GRADS HAVE RECENTLY ENJOYED 100 PERCENT JOB PLACEMENT. » OBU HAS MORE GRADUATES SERVING AS MISSIONARIES WITH THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION’S INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD THAN ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY. » OBU GRADUATES HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, DUKE UNIVERSITY, THE MAYO CLINIC AND GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, AMONG MANY OTHERS.
» PURSUE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, » INTEGRATE FAITH WITH ALL AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE, » ENGAGE A DIVERSE WORLD, AND » LIVE WORTHY OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST.
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HELPING U BECOME U
OBU faculty members are more than professors. They are visionaries helping you imagine who and what you could become. They will challenge you to discover your gifts and help you align your God-given passions with world-class instruction and training in a variety of fields.
THE BISON PLEDGE
More than half of all college students take six years to earn their “four-year” degree. We pledge to actively collaborate with you and help you graduate in four years, allowing you to begin graduate studies or secure your dream job sooner. This is The Bison Pledge.
You’ll meet Corey Fuller (assistant professor of graphic design), who competed in OBU’s intramural ping pong competition.
You’ll meet Dr. Jeanne Akin (professor of teacher education), who thinks Social Studies is much more interesting when experienced in 3-D.
OBU will offer all required courses necessary for you to complete an undergraduate degree and graduate with a single major within four years. OBU will provide a qualified faculty advisor to assist you in scheduling your classes and keeping you on track to graduate within four years. OBU will provide academic support services to assist you in successfully completing your degree and graduating within four years. If you keep your part of The Bison Pledge and you are unable to complete your degree within four years, OBU will provide the additional course(s) you need to complete your degree at no tuition cost or offer acceptable substitute courses.
You’ll meet Dr. Rich Rudebock (associate professor of business), who can turn any current event into a relevant business discussion. You’ll meet Dr. Ben Myers (associate professor of English), a poet who received accolades for his first published volume, Elegy for Trains.
WE HAVE 118 FACULTY MEMBERS WHO ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN FAITH AND COMMUNITY. OUR STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO IS 12:1—YOU WILL KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS, AND THEY WILL KNOW YOU.
Dr. Albert Chen, Professor of Physics
A Learning Community is a group of approximately 20 students who share at least three classes. They help lay the groundwork for longterm collegiate success. Participating students connect with peers and professors outside the classroom, in community service, during study groups and through social interaction.
Learn more about the Bison Pledge and what we expect of you:
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OBU was the first university in the state to offer the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. When you study in the College of Nursing at OBU, you will benefit from more than 50 years of experience in training nurses. OBU nursing graduates are in high demand by major healthcare systems and community hospitals alike. Why should you study nursing at OBU? » Nursing at a four-year liberal arts university will provide you a much broader and deeper education than you will receive at other institutions. » 90+ percent of OBU nursing graduates pass the NCLEX. » You will take your first nursing class in your first semester at OBU. » You will interact with actual patients during your second year. » There is no “split-campus approach.” You can start and finish all of your coursework on our campus. » You can experience your rotations in major hospitals. » If you begin in the College of Nursing and maintain an acceptable grade point average, you are guaranteed a spot in the nursing program.
Forecasters predict that degrees in accounting, finance, computer science and business administration will be among the top five bachelor’s degrees demanded by employers. Can you imagine having one of the most soughtafter degrees upon graduation? After graduating from OBU’s Paul Dickinson College of Business, not only will you be sought by employers, you will also be equipped to make a difference in the world. In fact, you’ll make a difference while you are pursuing your degree. Accounting majors earn up to 12 hours of credit for accounting work in an actual firm. Students majoring in finance manage portfolios and provide investment analyses for offcampus clients. International business majors complete market research for companies seeking to expand their business markets in places such as Brazil, Dubai and Malaysia. You’ll also learn to connect your skills with community service opportunities. Recently, students conducted employability workshops for residents of a women’s shelter. Business graduates from OBU become more than the next generation of professionals. They become innovators. For a complete list of majors, see page 23.
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IMAGINE BECOMING …
Are you becoming a nurse? If so, OBU is definitely the place for you. Although our nursing heritage is rich, we believe our best days are ahead. Architects have already submitted initial renderings of a new nursing building, fundraising is underway, and we fully expect to break ground in the very near future. For a complete list of majors, see page 23.
As a student in the College of Business, you will learn from Dr. Renita Murimi, assistant professor of computer information science, who is using common technology to battle a global health risk. Murimi received a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a low-cost cell phone application targeting mosquitoes that spread yellow and dengue fever. The innovative research will develop a cell phone application which plays sound waves that Murimi believes will interfere with the Aedes aegypti mosquito’s navigation system, preventing them from feeding and spreading disease.
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SCIENCE & MATH
God is a God of order, not chaos, and nowhere is that more evident than in the disciplines of science and mathematics. OBU professors in the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics teach from a Christian worldview. They prepare you to change the world by challenging you to think critically and integrate your faith with what you learn. Imagine transforming the world by researching cures for disease. Imagine discovering unidentified species. Imagine investing your life in the explorers of the future. OBU’s science and mathematics program offers you training in natural science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. OBU can help you make a difference in the world as an explorer, a visionary and a critical thinker. Far from staying cooped up in the laboratory, our students participate in regional conferences and perform independent senior research projects. For example, you will have the opportunity to complete field research around volcanoes in Costa Rica and Hawaii. You’ll be mentored by Dr. Dale Utt, an entomologist who focuses on tropical and marine ecosystems.
A STRONG COMMUNICATOR
Studying in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, you will learn to express your Godgiven gifts and reflect His glory through the arts. Our unique studio space in the Division of Art and Design is equipped for ceramics, stained glass, weaving, printmaking and painting. Graphic art students make use of the most current design tools. Recently, the artwork produced by an OBU student was selected by Starbucks Coffee to represent its 40th Anniversary “Red River Blend” in the North Texas and Oklahoma region. A typical art student at OBU meets nationally known artists through the professional networks of our faculty, obtains internships at high-profile corporations, and builds a strong portfolio for the first job interview or application for graduate school. The OBU Division of Music develops artists and scholars uniquely positioned to thrive in the 21st century by integrating exceptional performance, academic and service opportunities with a solid Christian liberal arts foundation. The instructors are committed to fulfill this mission by stretching your abilities and providing performance opportunities on campus and on tour. Perform operas such as “The Marriage of Figaro,” tour internationally with The Bison Jazz Orchestra or be prepared to continue the heritage begun by other OBU music graduates doing post-graduate work at renowned programs such as Eastman School of Music, The University of North Texas, Boston Conservatory, and Indiana University. Take a class or major in theater, digital media, journalism, public relations or applied communication in the Division of Communication Arts. The most recent Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association annual competition included 200 entries from universities across the state, including the state’s largest universities. OBU students placed first in six of the 20 categories: TV feature story, TV entertainment short, TV video essay, radio entertainment narrative, radio PSA and radio entertainment short. Join a community of artists eager to become what God intends. Expand your imagination. Study the arts at OBU. For a complete list of majors, see page 23.
IMAGINE BECOMING …
A CRITICAL THINKER
You’ll study under experts in aerospace engineering, entomology, genetics and forensics. You’ll study with Dr. Brad Jett, a microbiologist specializing in pathogenic bacteriology. Dr. Jett is widely known for preparing pre-med students who are the cream of the crop (OBU pre-med graduates enjoy a pass rate of 90+ percent on the MCAT, nearly twice the national average). And between classes, you might find Dr. Albert Chen, a computational physicist with ties to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, available for an impromptu Q&A. For a complete list of majors, see page 23.
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IMAGINE BECOMING …
A CHANGE AGENT
HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
God desires to change your life and, through you, change the lives of others. Whether encouraging an individual through the implementation of your psychology degree, influencing future generations in an elementary classroom, or improving someone’s quality of life as a physical therapist, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will prepare you for life as a change agent. Regardless of your major, you will engage pressing social issues in global contexts through your studies and the teaching approach will equip you to view ideas through the lens of your faith. The College contains four divisions of study: » Division of Language and Literature » Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences » Division of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies » Division of Teacher Education One of our fastest growing areas of academic study is the Division of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (KALS). Students are being prepared for careers as physical therapists, wellness instructors and personal trainers. Some are focusing on sharpening their leadership skills through the study of camp administration and sports management while others are earning their coaching certificates. OBU is also home to the National Sports and Recreation Ministry Center, led by Dr. Bill Buchanan, arguably the nation’s leading expert in the field. Imagine learning from the best! The Division of Teacher Education takes a back seat to no one. Professor and chair Dr. John Farris serves on state and national education organizations. What does this mean for you? Once again, you can learn from a nationally respected leader in the field. Our Psychology program can either prepare you for graduate work or move you further toward the goal of licensed counseling. Political Science students gain experience in OBU’s Model Arab League. Anthropology majors often study overseas in places such as Israel and Thailand. For a complete list of majors, see page 23.
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THEOLOGY & MINISTRY
God intends for all of us to serve our fellow man as followers of Christ, but some He calls to serve in a ministry vocation. The faculty of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry will help you deepen your faith, explore your calling and prepare for a life of service. Dr. Mark McClellan leads a faculty of scholars, theologians, trailblazers and visionaries who have dedicated their lives to bringing the nations to Christ. Dr. McClellan’s career includes extensive missionary service in Central America and among U.S. Spanishspeaking congregations. Dr. Alan Bandy, assistant professor of New Testament, is a rising star among New Testament theologians and is quickly becoming recognized as an authority on the Book of Revelation. He frequently leads teams of students on mission to places such as the Amazon Jungle in Peru. Dr. Scott Pace served as teaching pastor and administrator for the First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Florida, before joining the OBU faculty as assistant professor of applied ministry in 2010. Dr. Bruce Carlton, the newest member of the Hobbs faculty, has been engaged in crosscultural ministry for more than 24 years in Hong Kong, Cambodia and South Asia as well as the United States. He is a recognized missiologist and also serves as director of the Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach located on OBU’s campus. These godly leaders and their fellow professors in the Hobbs College not only know the Word of God, they live it on a daily basis. They don’t just talk about ministry. They do it. For a complete list of majors, see page 23.
» OBU is the first Southern Baptist undergraduate institution to offer a full program in orality studies. » OBU adopted the Kai people group (2.8 million) of South Asia. Through the Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach, OBU students are sharing the Gospel and planting churches among the Kai until 2025.
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WHO ARE U?
At OBU, you can choose from 10 bachelor’s degrees and 84 different majors. Most tracks are flexible and can be tailored to your strengths and interests. These identity profiles will help you consider your areas of interest. For a complete listing of OBU’s academic offerings, visit us online at okbu.edu/majors.
» Accounting » Accounting Interdisciplinary Emphasis » Computer Information Systems » Computer Science » Data Management Emphasis » Interdisciplinary Emphasis » Finance » International Business » Management » Marketing
» Social Sciences Education, Secondary » Special Education, P-12 » Vocal Certificate, P-12
» Educational Ministry Emphasis » Pastoral Ministry Emphasis » Youth Ministry Emphasis » Christian Studies » Orality Studies » Philosophy » Religion » Religion - Biblical Languages Emphasis
» Chemistry - Forensic Emphasis » Mathematics » Natural Science » Physics
» LPN Option » RN Option
» Anthropology » Family & Community Services Community Services Track » Family & Community Services Family Life Track » History » Political Science » Political Science - International Relations Emphasis » Psychology » Psychology - Pre-Counseling » Sociology
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS, THEN REVIEW THE LIST OF POSSIBLE MAJORS ON THE FACING PAGE. SEE IF ANY OF THEM FIT YOUR INTERESTS.
» Art » Church Music » Graphic Design » Music » Music Composition » Musical Arts » Piano Performance » Piano Performance Pedagogy Emphasis » Studio Art » Theatre » Vocal Performance » Worship Arts
I AM AN ORGANIZER. I am interested in
details, being challenged, entrepreneurship, creating value, problem solving, technology and Web development, influencing others and building relationships.
I AM A SERVANT. I am interested in digging
deeper into God’s Word, helping others connect biblical truths to daily life, the development of Christianity, reading and writing, exploring other cultures and continents, serving the local church and planting new ones.
I AM AN ARTIST. I am interested in selfexpression and creativity, design and illustration, working with my hands, learning new technology, photography and art history.
RECREATION & EXERCISE SCIENCE
» Athletic Coaching Certificate » Exercise & Sports Science » Exercise Physiology & Wellness Emphasis » Personal Training/Strength & Conditioning Emphasis » Pre-Allied Health & Rehabilitation Services Emphasis » Leisure Services Management » Camp Administration Emphasis » Sports & Recreation Management Emphasis » Sports Ministry Emphasis
I AM A CHANGE AGENT. I am interested
in how people think, engaging different cultures, being an agent of change, thinking critically and missions.
I AM AN EXPLORER. I am interested
in exploration and discovery, using technology, preserving ecosystems, advanced studies and research and solving problems.
» Applied Communication » Digital Media Arts » News & Information (Journalism) » Strategic Communication (Public Relations)
I AM A COMMUNICATOR. I am interested
in engaging worldviews and ideas in the public sphere, ministering to others, being imaginative, inspiring others, innovation, learning new languages, writing and research, law and bringing peace out of crisis.
» Pre-Dentistry » Pre-Engineering » Pre-Law » Pre-Medicine » Pre-Occupational Therapy » Pre-Physical Therapy
I AM A HELPER. I am interested in helping
others, meeting needs, making a difference, instilling character in children, reading and writing, research and hands-on learning methods.
I AM A MUSICIAN. I am interested in being
creative, leading worship, playing in a band, singing and composing, learning to play new instruments and helping others learn to enjoy and understand music.
» Early Childhood Education » Elementary Education » English Education, Secondary » Health & Physical Education, P-12 » Instrumental Certificate, P-12 » Mathematics Education, Secondary » Science Education, Secondary
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
» English » Multilingual Communication » Spanish
I AM A PEACEMAKER. I am interested in I AM A THINKER. I am interested in
understanding worldviews and interpreting ideas, advanced studies, research and analysis, reading, creative and technical writing, learning new languages and missions. helping others find physical and emotional healing, bringing peace to homes in crisis, listening to and solving problems, understanding society, missions, law and law enforcement, and working with children and community groups.
I AM A SPORTS FAN. I am interested in
promoting health and wellness, working with and managing a team, encouraging and coaching others, rehabilitating injuries, sports medicine and sports ministry.
SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS
» Biochemistry » Biology » Biology - Forensic Emphasis » Chemistry
THEOLOGY & MINISTRY
» Applied Ministry » Children’s Ministry Emphasis » Cross-Cultural Ministry (Missions) Emphasis
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF OBU’S ACADEMIC OFFERINGS, VISIT US ONLINE AT OKBU.EDU/MAJORS
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BECOMING GLOBALLY ENGAGED
Whatever career you choose, God desires you to reach out to others and engage the world. Your journey to becoming the person God intends will include fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Becoming U at OBU means we equip you to make disciples of all nations— no matter if you are a minister or an artist. You do not have to look far to find ways to engage a diverse world while you are at OBU. Your classmates will come from 40 states and 20 nations. You’ll be surrounded by opportunities to interact with people from near and far and experience other cultures. The Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach is named after former missionary and OBU alum, the late Dr. Avery T. Willis. The center provides you with opportunities to reach out to people around the globe with the Gospel message and empowers you to integrate your faith and education through cross-cultural experiences.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MORE INTENSE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE, YOU MIGHT CONSIDER OUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS.
Imagine soaking up world history in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Imagine practicing your Italian over authentic pizza and cappuccinos in Italy’s patio cafés. Imagine absorbing C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity or The Chronicles of Narnia on the literary giant’s home turf in Belfast and Oxford. Imagine catching the sights and sounds of London on an iconic double decker bus while experiencing British culture. World discovery and cultural engagement fall squarely in line with OBU’s commitment to engaging a diverse world. Our Study Abroad program gives you real-life tools to integrate your faith with knowledge.
“OBU HAS ENCOURAGED ME, AS WELL AS OTHERS, TO STEP OUT OF OUR LITTLE BOXES IN ORDER TO A SEE A WORLD THAT IS IN NEED OF THE LOVE THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS TO OFFER. I FEEL AS THOUGH I WAS ENCOURAGED TO ACCEPT THE CALLING THAT GOD PUT IN MY LIFE AND NOT JUST DREAM ABOUT IT, BUT ACT UPON IT.” –Lauren Smith, Applied Communications major, Greenwood, Ark.
Through the Global Outreach Center you can participate in exciting GO Trips that combine hands-on missions experience with your course of study. Imagine traveling to Europe, Brazil, Japan, Asia, or Africa to lead Bible studies, teach English, conduct Vacation Bible Schools or provide medical care. On previous GO Trips, OBU students have:
Personal growth is not the only result of our Study Abroad programs. Studying overseas will also enhance your career opportunities. Reports indicate employers look for graduates who have international study experience. Employers know that international experience often contributes to personal growth, deeper intellectual development, a greater sense of direction and the ability to adapt to challenging situations. Dare to imagine. Imagine who you could become while discovering world cultures through a Christ-centered perspective. The possibilities are endless. Find out more about becoming globally engaged through OBU’s Study Abroad program by visiting okbu.edu/academics/studyabroad.
» ENGAGED THE KAI PEOPLE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA (OBU’S ADOPTED PEOPLE GROUP) » ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS WITH SOUTH AMERICANS IN THE AMAZON BASIN » CONDUCTED ENGLISH-AS-A-SECOND-LANGUAGE CLASSES WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS IN EAST ASIA » PROVIDED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN MEXICAN VILLAGES AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Are you ready to become globally engaged? Find out more about GO Trips and how to receive academic credit for your missions experiences by visiting okbu.edu/go.
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SOME CAMPUS MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES AT OBU
9 Network – Discover your God–given gifts and passions while connecting with others in their walk with Christ. 9 905 – Grow spiritually through discipleship, worship and campus–oriented service. 9 Refuge – This time of worship and Bible study for women is a special place where you can focus on the Lord and be accepted as yourself. 9 Noonday – Don’t miss this free lunch and devotion event sponsored by a local church each week. 9 Chapel Services – This is a mid–week time of inspiring worship and biblical instruction for faculty, staff and students. 9 Canterbury – This is a downtown Shawnee worship event incorporating creative arts and community outreach. 9 Age2Age – Bridge the age–gap by providing nursing home residents with opportunities to worship and fellowship. 9 Philos – Engage new cultures each week while helping international students assimilate to the U.S. 9 Hope House – Hang out with high–risk youth at a Shawnee youth shelter. 9 Mission Center – Share hope with Oklahoma City children through games and Bible stories. 9 Spero Project – Help refugees adjust to the U.S. by teaching conversational English and basic American life skills.
God is calling you to a deeper relationship with Him. Through Campus Ministry you will be challenged to grow in your understanding of Scripture and to put it into action. Within the first few weeks of your arrival on campus you will have the chance to join a small discipleship group and begin a semester-long discussion about leadership, relationships, social responsibility, conflict resolution and other real-life topics. You’ll also find community at OBU through service projects and worship experiences. In fact, finding community at OBU won’t be the hard part—deciding where to plug in first will.
On your journey to becoming U at OBU, you will find a network of encouraging mentors among our faculty, staff and upperclassmen. The Campus Ministry Office at OBU presents you with an array of opportunities to worship, serve and engage the local community and the world.
Take a closer look at your campus ministry opportunities online at okbu.edu/campuslife/ministry.
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Our campus, known as Bison Hill, covers 200 acres. We have the usual residential halls, apartments, academic buildings, athletic facilities, library, and administration building. The campus also has features unique to OBU such as Stubblefield Chapel. It was in this small wood-frame church that the idea of Oklahoma Baptist University was born in 1907. The campus, though beautiful and functional, will be even more spectacular in the years ahead. In November 2010 the OBU Board of Trustees adopted a new Master Plan for campus expansion that provides for continued enrollment growth and the strengthening of our academic programs. The Geiger Center is our student union building. Students enjoy friendly games of ping pong, great conversation, and TV time on the big screen. It is also home to the dining hall, the Geiger Counter (a fast food grill) and Java City coffee shop as well as the university bookstore.
We are continually making strides to keep campus technology updated. Wireless connections are found throughout campus, including the residence halls. The university also provides free Microsoft Office and McAffee Anti-Virus software to students. Enrolled students also have access to our Dell education discount to purchase a laptop or any other Dell merchandise.
Before OBU was established, Bison Hill was wellknown bison territory. Bison provided food and clothing to the Native Americans. OBU chose the bison as its mascot, in the hope graduates would also help meet the world’s needs.
THE GREEN & GOLD
In the early days, Oklahoma wildflowers provided a sea of green and gold on Bison Hill when they bloomed in the spring. Thus, green and gold were adopted as the official school colors.
Keeping you safe so you can enjoy your OBU learning experience is a top priority. We maintain a University Police Department whose officers conduct campus patrols on foot and by vehicle 24 hours a day. Officers also staff the registration desks located just inside the main entrances of residence halls from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., providing protection for residents throughout the night.
The Walk represents a student’s full journey at OBU. Conducted the night before your first day of classes and the day you graduate, it begins at the Oval and ends at Raley Chapel.
The freshman beanie, worn during Welcome Week, bonds past and present generations at OBU.
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1. Shawnee Hall 2. Thurmond Hall 3. W.P. Wood Science Building 4. Art Department 5. Art Annex 6. Ford Music Hall 7. Bailey Business Center 8. Montgomery Hall 9. WMU Residence Center 10. Owens Hall 11. Mabee Learning Center 12. President’s House 13. Sarkeys Telecomm. Center 14. Geiger Center 15. Kerr Residence Hall 16. Stubblefield Chapel 17. Midland Apartments 18. Campus Safety 19. Burns/Cobbs Apartments 20. Devereaux East Apartments 21. Devereaux West Apartments 22. Howard Residence Complex 23. Raley Chapel Potter Auditorium (Upper Level) Yarborough Auditorium (Lower Level) 24. Jent Alumni Center 25. Taylor Residence Center 26. Millennium Park 27. Faculty Housing 28. Soccer Complex
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Located in the heart of Oklahoma, Shawnee is a great place for you to call home. You get the best of both worlds here— a small-town feel with access to metropolitan areas. Shawnee is just 35 miles from Oklahoma City, 90 miles from Tulsa and 200 miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. So there’s much to explore in town and in the surrounding areas. In Shawnee, grab some friends and check out a movie at the $1.50 theatre downtown or at one of two multiplex theaters. Get a snow cone at Janie’s or play Ultimate Frisbee at a local park. Shawnee businesses prepare for your arrival to campus each year. During the first week of school, local businesses host Spotlight on Shawnee to welcome students to the city. It’s really a big downtown block party, and they give away great free stuff! Choosing OBU means you have plenty of space to roam. So head down the road to Oklahoma City where you can cheer on the Thunder as they battle NBA foes. Visit one of the museums, catch a Broadway show, enjoy a RedHawks baseball game or eat at some of the popular restaurants in Bricktown. Plan a weekend road trip to the Wichita Mountains to hike, camp and climb, or head to another corner of the state and float the river with some friends. You’ll find the nearby urban areas are close enough to enjoy cultural events or to complete an internship.
29. Bison Field at Ford Park 30. Coates Baseball/Softball Building 31. Lady Bison Softball Park 32. MacArthur Drive Apartments 33. Agee Residence Center 34. Athletic Administration Offices (Baxter Lower Level) 35. Noble Complex for Athletics
36. West University Apartments 37. Tennis Courts 38. Recreation and Wellness Center 39. Intramural Fields 40. Hurt Memorial Track Complex 41. J. P. Chance Track Building 42. Facilities Management
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Are you ready to begin your journey of becoming U at OBU? There are multiple ways you can connect with OBU even before you become a student.
Welcome Week is designed to get you acclimated to your new environment. We promise that our Tri-Ws will make you feel at home at OBU by the end of the week. Tri-Ws (Welcome Week Workers) are upperclassmen who return to campus early just to show you the ropes. You’ll feel welcomed from the moment you pull onto Bison Hill as they descend on your car, unload all your earthly possessions and carry it all to your new room. Your parents will be particularly glad about that! For the next four days you’ll be engaged in high-energy activities and meaningful experiences that will teach you everything from how to “go with Ka-Rip,” and how to serve Shawnee, to how to pursue scholarship through a Christian worldview. Welcome Week is where your journey to becoming U truly begins. It’s fun. It’s crazy. It’s challenging. And, well … it’s welcoming! Check out a sample Welcome Week schedule and a slideshow at okbu.edu.
JANUARY TERM (J-TERM)
A three-week mini-term is offered in January, right before the spring semester begins. J-term is mandatory for new freshmen, but you would want to take it anyway. Housing is free if you lived in a residence hall during the fall semester, and some J-term courses are tuition-free. OBU provides unique course offerings, and there is still plenty of activity on campus. Continue building the relationships you established in the fall, and maintain progress on your degree.
Our Fall, Winter, and Spring Preview Days give you a real taste of the OBU experience. Take a campus tour, investigate our academic programs and learn about scholarships and financial aid. You and your parents can meet professors and current students and visit with your admissions counselor. After you’ve been accepted to OBU, come to Be-A-Bison Day. This day is specifically for high school seniors who want a closer look at student life. You’ll get to spend a day on campus hanging out with a current student, attend a chapel service, sit in on a class, grab lunch in the dining hall and explore the residence halls. If you want even more out of your campus visit experience, consider coming to Night on the Hill.
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BECOMING U @ OBU
OBU CONSISTENTLY TAKES TOP HONORS IN NATIONAL COLLEGE RANKINGS:
Ready to begin your journey of becoming the person God intends? These are your first steps: » Apply for admission online beginning June 1 after your junior year in high school (okbu.edu/apply). » Ask your guidance counselor to send us a copy of your transcript (with your ACT or SAT scores). Fax it to 405.878.2068. » Schedule a campus visit. You can do this online (okbu.edu/visit). Our admissions counselors will guide you through the journey. Give us a call.
In this book, we’ve challenged you to dig deep and dream big. We’ve asked you to examine your God-given gifts and asked “Who are U?” We’ve also asked you to imagine utilizing your gifts and interests in a specific field by asking “What are U passionate about?” We’ve asked these questions for a reason. We want you to discover God’s plan for your life. You are unique, and God is calling you to a unique future. In fact, even before you were born, God designed a plan to shape you into the person He intends. We see great potential in you and a big future ahead of you. We can help you become U. Let’s review:
» FOR THE 17TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, OBU WAS OKLAHOMA’S HIGHEST-RATED BACCALAUREATE COLLEGE IN U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S ANNUAL RANKING OF “AMERICA’S BEST COLLEGES.” AND IN THE 2011 RATINGS, WE RANKED SECOND IN THE WEST. OBU HAS MADE THE NEWS MAGAZINE’S “TOP 10” IN ITS CATEGORY FOR 19 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. » FOR THE SIXTH STRAIGHT YEAR, OBU WAS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW. OBU WAS RECOMMENDED AS ONE OF THE “BEST IN THE WEST” IN THEIR REVIEW OF “2011 BEST COLLEGES: REGION BY REGION.” » FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, OBU IS THE HIGHEST-RANKED UNIVERSITY IN OKLAHOMA IN THE FORBES.COM LISTING OF “AMERICA’S BEST COLLEGES.”
FINANCIAL AID 101: DREAMING BIG DOESN’T MEAN A BIG PRICE TAG
We think you will be surprised at how affordable OBU truly is. In fact, 99 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. This year, we provided $12.9 million in scholarships to individuals just like you. We offer grants based on financial need and academic, athletic and talent scholarships. Check out the online academic scholarship calculator (okbu.edu/scholarships). Just plug in your high school GPA and ACT/SAT test score, then see what pops up! Learn about additional opportunities for scholarships and financial aid on our website.
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