Oakland City University is a comprehensive institution offering associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. OCU also offers certificate programs.
At the end of the student’s course of study, the faculty and the Board of Trustees vote on conferring the degree. If requirements have not been satisfied, the degree will be withheld pending adequate fulfillment. For this reason, it is important for each student to acquaint him or herself with all regulations and remain currently informed throughout his or her college career.
The discipline major requirements for the programs of study are listed under the respective School in which the programs are offered. A recommended course sequence is distributed to each freshman during orientation advisement.
The University requires a Foundational Core curriculum for all students in degree programs. The required courses are selected from the following subject areas:
- Communication (Written and Oral)
- Critical Thinking & Decision Making Skills
- Cultural Knowledge with a Global Outlook (Global History and Societies, and Cultural Arts)
- Analytical Knowledge
- Scientific Knowledge
- Physical Well-Being
- Christian Influenced Values.
General Baptist students receiving a General Baptist scholarship also take a Foundational Core course in General Baptist Life (lay student) or General Baptist Heritage (ordained student).
The purpose of having a Foundational Core curriculum is to liberate persons from narrow perspectives, ideas and values; to open the mind to a higher and more complex world; to help the student formulate a Christian philosophy of life; and to foster the development of appropriate intellectual and interpersonal skills.