Correspondence Admissions

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The Correspondence Program at Oakland City University is an outreach program available to incarcerated individuals in the state of Indiana.  OCU offers Associate and Bachelor degrees via this program.

Correspondence Admissions Requirements

To apply as a correspondence student you must complete the following required forms:

  • Application for Admission
  • FERPA form
  • Declaration form
  • Record Consent form (student will be responsible for cost of transcript, even if OCU is ordering official transcript(s) for the student).
  • Official high school and/or college transcript(s).
Acceptable Ways to Submit Official Transcripts

Oakland City University accepts official transcript(s) submitted the following ways:

  1. Ordered through Parchment
  2. Ordered through National Student Clearinghouse
  3. Mailed directly from the previous attended institution sent to:

Attention: Correctional Education Department                         
Oakland City University
138 N. Lucretia St.
Oakland City, IN 47660

Transcript orders can be placed at any time.  When ordering online, payment must be made with a valid credit or debit card.  Orders for electronic transcripts should be sent to Jacob Kalb at [email protected].

Transfer Credit Policy
  • To transfer credits from other accredited institutions, a student must submit an official transcript. 
  • Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. 
  • The Registrar will review and approve transferable credits. 
  • Credits older than ten (10) years will not be accepted. 
  • A student must have received at least a C- grade for the credits to be transferred.
Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Up to 12 credit hours during Spring and Fall semesters*
  • Up to 6 credit hours during Summer semesters

*Student may take 15 hours who have a 3.0 GPA or better after completing 24 credit hours.


Cost to attend the Correspondence Program is currently $405 per class (subject to change).  This price is all-inclusive, meaning that it also covers books and other materials for the class.

Student Responsibilities & Expectations
  • After receiving course materials, students are to carefully read the course syllabi and review the objectives for the course, as well as, the assignments and special instructions.
  • Writing in the textbooks is not allowed.  Each textbook must be returned in the same condition that it was received.  A final grade will not be awarded until the textbook has been returned to the College Correspondence Representative.  If a textbook is not returned, or returned in worse condition than when assigned, a damage fee will be added to the students’ account.
  • Students will need to submit work according to course deadlines.
  • Students must fill out a cover sheet with each submitted assignment with their name, DOC number, course number and title, date of submission, and assignment name.
  • If a student needs more time to complete a course, they must request and complete a “Request for Incomplete Grade” form. 
  • Students are not to complete other students work and/or copy others work.  A student will receive a failing grade for cheating.
Degrees Offered & Requirements

Associate of Arts: University Studies

  • 60 credit hours (must earn at least fifteen (15) credit hours through Oakland City University)
  • 27 foundational core credits
  • 33 elective credits

Bachelor of Arts: University Studies

  • 120 credit hours (must earn at least 30 credit hours from Oakland City University)
  • 36 foundational core credits
  • 3 restrictive elective credits (T 425 – Senior Seminar)
  • 27 unrestricted elective credits (courses numbered in the 300-400 range)
  • 54 unrestricted elective credits (courses numbered in the 100-499 range)

*Students do not choose what classes they are registered in.  The Registrar will register them in needed/required classes based off the students’ academic check sheet.

  • Students can only be registered for classes once they have been accepted into the program and OCU has received payment for the upcoming semester.
  • Tuition payment includes the cost of classes, books, and supplies need for the semester.
  • Payment can be made by parents, guardians, or sponsors by calling Jacob Kalb at 812-749-1335 or by sending a check or money order in the mail addressed to:

Attention: Correctional Educational Dept
Oakland City University
138 N. Lucretia St.
Oakland City, IN 47660



Email: [email protected]

Phone: 812-749-1335

Course Summaries Numbered 100-200

ACCT 110 – Introduction to Applied Accounting (3 credit hours)
This is a basic course in accounting terminology, accounting principles, and the application of accounting within the workplace.

ART 103 – Art Appreciation (3 Credit Hours)
An introductory course in art which explores the creative history and processes for making art that have been utilized by humankind across cultures, for the pre-historic through the modern era.  You will have the opportunity to acquire an appreciation of the practices, methods, and media an artist uses, and you will be introduced to basic theories of art.  The student will explore the process involved in critiquing art and the proper language used to discuss art.

BIO 105 – Environmental Biology (3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to principles of ecology and the interaction of organisms and the environment, paying particular attention to the impact of humans on the environment.  The course addresses topics of environmental and resource conservation.

BUS 101 – Introduction to Business (3 Credit Hours)
This is a course designed to acquaint the student with functions performed by business and the parts business activities play in the economy. Topics covered include types of business organizations, managing business information, the global economy, the social responsibility of business, and ethical decision making.

BUS 175 – Business Mathematics (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to develop mathematical and computational skills necessary for subsequent courses in accounting and related business subjects. Areas of concentration are markups, markdowns, discounts, commissions, depreciation, taxes, simple and compound interest, stocks, bonds, and insurance.

CRS 101 – Biblical Literacy (3 credit hours)
This course improves biblical literacy by addressing the major themes of the Old and New Testaments, noting the changing historical and cultural context in which the Holy Scripture were written. Intellectual engagement, informed conversation, and appreciation of diverse contemporary faith affirmations are expected.

CRS 102 – Christian Thought (3 credit hours)
This course engages Christian ideals expressed in the broad intellectual traditions of Christian thought through analysis of primary and secondary texts from significant writers and movements of the second century A.D. to the contemporary times. Gaining appreciation for the articulation of Christian faith and practice in its historic and diverse expression is expected.

ENG 101- English Composition I (3 credit hours)
This course includes development of multi-paragraph themes with emphasis on outlining, developing thesis statements, and support as well as the development of reading and critical thinking skills.

ENG 102 – English Composition II (3 credit hours)
This course includes an introduction to literary analysis through written expression and a study of the research process resulting in the writing of literary, informative, and persuasive research papers. Prerequisite: ENG 101

HIS 113 – United States History to 1877 (3 credit hours)
A broad survey of the social, economic, cultural, and political forces that shaped U.S. history from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

HIS 123 – United States History since 1877 (3 credit hours)
A broad survey of the social, economic, cultural, and political forces that shaped U.S. history from the end of the Reconstruction era to the end of the Cold War, including an emphasis upon the rise of the United States as a superpower.

MATH 110 – Mathematics and its Applications (3 credit hours)
A course designed to introduce students to thinking processes developed in mathematics. Explores a variety of topics including set theory, geometry, probability and statistics, algebra, and contemporary applications such as consumer mathematics.

PHIL 105 – Critical Thinking (3 credit hours)
This course introduces the student to principles of sound reasoning, focusing on informal techniques utilized in writing sound arguments and formal techniques utilized in logic.

PHIL 110 – Introduction to Philosophy (3 credit hours)
This course will introduce students to those philosophers who stand out in the tradition and their most influential ideas. These philosophers will encounter through a study of philosophical topics rather than a historical timeline. The course will discuss such questions as the nature of reality, the nature of knowledge, the existence of God, free-will, and art.

PSY 101 – General Psychology (3 credit hours)
A broad introduction to the many approaches to the study of human behavior and the effects of drugs, health, culture, etc. This includes new trends in research and professional fields and an awareness of the embryonic nature of psychology studies.

T 111 – Introduction to College Correspondence (1 credit hour)
The foundations course for new college correspondence students meets the need for incarcerated students located in correctional facilities. This course addresses the assignments requirements based on no access to library resources. Sections of the student catalog, a correspondence student handbook, information on FERPA, APA guidelines, and preparation of an education plan for success are included in this course.

Course Summaries Numbered 200-300

BUS 202 – Professional Presentations (3 credit hours)
This course will prepare business students for careers where employers demand confident presenters who possess strong communication and presentation skills. Therefore, the focus of this course offering is on developing capable speakers who are able to organize, prepare, and deliver interesting, informative, and creative professional presentations.

BUS 206 – Management Information Systems (3 credit hours)
This course introduces the learner to the foundations, technology and applications of Management Information Systems (MIS). The course covers topics in information technology, infrastructure, platforms, and telecommunications, systems development and management, managing global systems, and applications for the digital firm, including e-business and e-commerce.

BUS 215 – Critical Management (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the principles, procedures, and practices of effective oral and written communication and their relationship to good management. Areas of study include the communication process, editing and proofreading of documents, memorandums, business letters, letters of recommendation, e-mail etiquette, telephone etiquette, cross-cultural communication, and oral presentations.

BUS 285 – Business Law and Ethics (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the nature of the law and its regulations of business activities. Areas of study include contracts, sales contracts, bailment, agency and employment, partnerships, corporations, insurance, real estate, wills, inheritances, and bankruptcy.

BUS 299 – Topics in Business (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on special topics of interest in business. Possible areas of study include electronic commerce, total quality management, and professional business etiquette.

ENG 201 – Masterpieces of World Literature (3 credit hours)
Study of selected masterpieces of world literature from the earliest literature to modern times. The course emphasizes the significance of major genres, authors and works of Western and non-Western literary traditions and their literacy, historical, and cultural backgrounds. Since a huge range of time periods and geography are covered, many of the readings will be selections from longer texts. (Taken after ENG 101 and ENG 102 are passed.)

HPE 201 – Fitness and Wellness (2 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide a foundation for life-long physical fitness and personal wellness. Topics include Health, hygiene, and nutrition; basic strategies of exercise, fitness, and wellness; and sport for persons of all ages.

HIS 213 – Western Civilization to 1600 (3 credit hours)
A broad survey of western civilization from the early Greeks and Romans through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation, emphasizing the political, economic, and cultural evolution of western societies.

HIS 223 – Western Civilization since 1600 (3 credit hours)
A broad survey of western civilization from the early seventeenth century though the twentieth century, emphasizing the rise of the modern state and the political, economic, and cultural revolutions that transformed modern western societies.

HIS 233 – Non-Western Civilizations (3 credit hours)
A broad survey of the political, economic, and cultural evolution of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American societies from their earliest origins to the present.

HRM 230 – Labor Relations (3 credit hours)
This course acquaints the student with labor-management relations, including the history and evolution of labor unions and contemporary labor-management issues. Topics include conflict resolution, collective bargaining, contract negotiations, arbitration, and meditation. A case study approach is utilized. Prerequisites: MGT 201 and HRM 301.

MGT 201 – Principles of Management (3 credit hours)
This is an introductory course in management designed to acquaint the student with the study and research in the field of management. The course familiarizes the student with the primary functions of management and their importance as components of the total management process. Topics of study include Theory X and Theory Y managers, strategy and planning, organizational design, leadership styles, and managing diversity in an organization.

MKT 201 – Principles of Marketing (3 credit hours)
This course introduces the student to such concepts as marketing management, analysis of marketing opportunities, marketing planning and strategy, the marketing mix, and execution of the marketing program.

PHIL 210 – Faith and Reason (3 credit hours)
This is an introduction to the philosophy of religion, and it addresses such perennial issues as the nature of religious experience, religious language, proofs for the existence of God, and the problem of evil. The connection between each issue is whether or not religious claims and arguments are to be understood as an exercise of our faith, our reason, or some combination of both.

Course Summaries Numbered 300-499

BUS 330 – Business Finance (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on managerial finance and its relationship to other functions of businesses. Topics include ratio analysis, budgeting, forecasting, investment decisions, leverage decisions, leverage, and cost of capital.

HRM 310 – Introduction to Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
The course applies management principles to management of the organization’s human resources. Topics studied include recruiting and training employees, role of human resources services, human relations, wage and salary administration, evaluation of employees, labor relations, and government regulations.

HRM 315 – Employee Recruitment, Training, and Development (3 credit hours)
This course acquaints the student with the design and implementation of employee development and training programs. Areas of study include learning theories, needs assessment, legal issues, training program design, training methods, professional consultation, employee feedback, and executive development. Prerequisites: MGT 201 and HRM 301.

MGT 310 – Operations and Facility Management (3 credit hours)
This course applies management principles to the overall management of a large facility and its entire operations. Areas of study include operations and production management, systems design and analysis, manufacturing processes, facility construction, security, and control techniques. Principles and requirements related to programming and managing various types of public and private facilities are also included. Prerequisite: MGT 201.

MKT 310 – Consumer Behavior (3 credit hours)
This course illustrates the practical importance of understanding consumers’ knowledge and attitudes, incorporating various approaches for assessing such knowledge and attitudes. The course identifies major factors that influence how consumers process and learn marketing information and explores techniques marketers can use to influence consumer attitudes and behavior. Prerequisite: MKT 201.

HRM 404 – Compensation and Benefits (3 credit hours)
The course covers compensation philosophy, strategy, and policy. Areas of study include job evaluation, internal and external equity, pay-for-performance plans, financial incentives, wage and salary surveys, and employee benefits administration. The legal, regulatory, economic, and strategic issues affecting compensation and benefits will be explored. Prerequisite: HRM 301.

MGT 425 – Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
This course is a study of entrepreneurship, its opportunities, and its problems relative to new-venture analysis, personnel, control, finance, marketing, and management in the service, distributive, and manufacturing firms. The student will explore the challenges the entrepreneur faces, including market assessment and finding funds. Prerequisites: MGT 201.

MGT 430 – Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the behavior of the organization as a function of individual and interpersonal behavior and group processes within an organization. Areas of study include learning organizations, organizational culture, organizational structure and design, employee attitudes and values, employee motivational theories, ethical decision making, the promotion of employee creativity, stress management, interpersonal communication, and work teams.

MGT 435 – Strategic Management and Marketing (3 credit hours)
A study of the formulation and implementation of strategies. This is a capstone course involving coordination and integration of knowledge and techniques acquired in previous courses. Particular attention is given to determining company strategy in defining major policies in marketing, research and development, production, procurement, human resources, finance and profit, and mergers and acquisitions in central management operations in compliance with governmental rules and regulations and the social and ethical environment. The case study method is used. Prerequisites: MGT 201.

MGT 438 – Leadership & Management (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide a study of leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis in the course is on the practice of leadership. The course will examine topics such as the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, overcoming obstacles, and addressing values in leadership. Attention is given to helping students understand and improve their own leadership capabilities and performance.

T 425 – Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)
Focuses on contemporary world problems in light of one’s experience in higher education. Taken during the senior year.


To apply to the Correspondence Program you will need to contact Jacob Kalb here +