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MASS COMMUNICATIONS

The mission of the Mass Communications Department is to help
students acquire the knowledge and skills to build successful
mass communication careers and the concepts to think critically
about the  role of mass communications  in society. The program
provides  comprehensive coursesof study including theory and
practice in print, TV, radio  and public relations.

The department houses a state-of-the art television studio, radio
station  and digital editing lab. The department’s teaching goals
are aimed at  building professional communicators  who are
grounded in the liberal arts  and who possess strong reading,
writing and critical thinking skills.

Majors

  • Mass Communications

Minors

  • Mass Communication
    

             
 
 

OUTLINED PROGRAM OF STUDY
Requirements (B. A. Degree, 121 hours)

General Education 49-53 hours
(A grade of C or better is required in all Mass Communications courses.)

Required Core Courses                                       34 hours
MCM 200 Foundations of Mass Communications
MCM 210 News Reporting (Prerequisite: MCM 200)
MCM 245 Broadcast News (Prerequisites: MCM 200 & 210)
MCM 307 Media Ethics (Prerequisites: MCM 200 & 210)
MCM 345 TV Production I (Prerequisites: MCM 200 & 245)
MCM 350 Visual Communications
MCM 400 Mass Communications Portfolio (1 hour)
MCM 411 Advanced News Reporting (Prerequisites: MCM 200 & 210)
MCM 412 Communications Law (Prerequisites: MCM 200, 210 and junior status)
MCM 413 Copy Editing
MCM 415 Mass Communications Internship
MCM Elective

Related Course Requirements                                        36 hours
CCJ 180 Introduction to Criminal Justice
ENG 341 Introduction to Linguistics
ENG 453 Rhetorical Criticism
GEO 203 Principles of Geography
PSC 230 Introduction to American Government
PSC 350 International Relations
SOC 305 Modern Social Problems
SPD 203 Voice and Diction
Literature 300 – 400 Course
Liberal Arts/Science Elective
Outside Electives (6 hours)

Minor/Concentration Requirements     15 hours
MCM 200 Foundations of Mass Communications
MCM 210 News Reporting (Prerequisite: MCM 200)
MCM 307 Media Ethics (Prerequisites: MCM 200 & 210)
MCM 412 Communications Law (Prerequisites: MCM 200, 210 and junior status)
One class from the following: MCM 245, MCM 304, MCM 350, MCM 411, MCM 413, MCM 415 and MCM 49
 

 

Free Electives                                       31 hours
MCM 204 Interpersonal Communication
MCM 212 Photojournalism
MCM 303 Media and Minorities
MCM 304 Black Press
MCM 305 Opinion Writing
MCM 306 Newspaper Production
MCM 330 Writing for Radio & Television
MCM 335 Media History                                              
MCM 338 Comm. Theory and Research
MCM 350 Desktop Publishing
MCM 408 Broadcast Management