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Department of Mass Communication

Department of Mass Communication

Mass Communication Curriculum


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The main objectives of the Department of Mass Communication are to 1) provide a broad understanding of the role of communication and mass media in society; 2) provide an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a journalist in society; 3) prepare students for careers in broadcasting, integrated communications, public relations, sports journalism: 4) provide an intellectual climate for students to think critically about issues related to mass media, 5) provide students with the academic foundation to pursue graduate education, and 6) offer services to the community through workshops and seminars.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication is offered for students who complete the specified course requirements of the Department of Mass Communication and the College of  Professional Studies. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication is offered for students who complete the specified course requirements of the Department of Mass Communication and the College of Professional Studies.

Students must complete 44 required general education credit hours and a total of 28 credit hours outside of mass communication. The student will have a choice to declare a minor (21 credit hours in subject area + 7 credit hours credit hours in free electives) or double major (28 credit hours in subject area) outside of mass communication. The student must also complete 48 credit hours in mass communication (Core 21 hours, 18 hours from one of the four concentration areas and 9 hours in free electives in/outside mass communication). MC 308 Internship is strongly recommended as a free elective. Overall, the student will have at least a total of 120 credit hours for graduation requirements. Only grades of C or above in major courses and C or better grade in English 101, English 102 are acceptable for graduation.

 

Minor in Mass Communication

Currently, students must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours in mass communication from the Core – MC 100, MC 225, and MC 295, and 12 hours from any one area of concentration for a total of 21 hours.

 

CURRICULUM IN MASS COMMUNICATION 

Freshman Year 

Science Elective #1

3

Science Elective #2

3

English 101 & 102

6

First Year Experience 101 & 102

2

Humanities Elective #1 (History)

3

Social Science Elective #1

3

Mathematics 131 & 132

6

Mass Communication 100

3

Mass Communication 203

3

Total Hours

32

 

 

Sophomore Year 

Mass Communication 225

3

Mass Communication 245

3

Mass Communication Concentration

3

Fine and Performing Arts Elective

3

English 213

3

Theatre 212 (Humanities Elective #2)

3

Science Elective #3

3

Social Science Elective #2

3

Minor/Double Major Elective

3

Mass Communication Concentration

3

Total Hours

30

 

Junior Year

Mass Communication Concentration

3

Mass Communication Concentration

3

Mass Communication Concentration

3

Mass Communication Practicum

2

Humanities Elective #3

3

General Education Testing 300

0

Minor/Double Major Concentration Electives

9

Free Electives for Minor/Double Major (outside of mass communication)

7

Total Hours

30

 

Senior Year 

Mass Communication 409

3

Mass Communication 444

3

Mass Communication 471

1

Mass Communication Concentration

3

Minor/Double Major in Mass Communication Electives

9

Free Electives (in or outside of mass communication) Mass Communication 308 is strongly recommended as one of the free electives

9

Total Hours

28

OVERALL TOTAL

120

 

*Science Elective Options

BIOL 103/104 (Prin. of Bio. Non-majors); PHYS 109/110 (Fundamentals of Physics I/ Fundamentals of Physics II); SCI 105/106 (Physical Science Survey I / Physical Science Survey II) (lab is available but not required); CHEM 101 (Environmental Chemistry); CHEM 111/112 (General Chemistry I/ General Chemistry II)

*Humanities Elective Options

HIST 101 (Western Civilization I); HIST 102 (Western Civilization II); HIST 103 (World History I); HIST 104 (World History II); HIST 201 (American National Multicultural History to 1877); HIST 202 (Recent American History from 1877); ENG 200 (World Literature I); ENG 201 (Introduction to Literature); ENG 203 (Introduction to American Lit. I); ENG 204 (Introduction to American Lit. II); ENG 205 (Introduction to British Lit. I); ENG 206 (Introduction to British Lit. II); HUM 200 (African Culture); HUM 201 (Western Culture); PHIL 201 (Introduction to Philosophy); HUM 202 (Non-Western Culture); any 100 or 200 level courses in any foreign language

*Social Sciences Elective Options

CIS 115 (Intro to Computers and Software Applications); ECON 201 (Macroeconomics); SOC 101 (Introduction to Social Sciences); SOC 201 (Introduction to Sociology); PSY 200 (General Psychology); PS 201 (American National Government); GEOG 201 (Cultural Geography)

*Fine and Performing Arts Elective Options

ART 105 (Art Appreciation); ART 210 (Fine and Performing Arts); ART 215 (Art History I); ART 216 (Art History II); MUS 219 (Music Appreciation for Non-Majors); THEA 100 (Introduction to the Theatre)

Mass Communication Free Electives

MC 101 Introduction to Sports Journalism*; MC 226 News Writing and Editing; MC 240 Broadcast News Writing; MC 250 Basic Photography; MC 260 Audio Production; MC 295 Copy Editing; MC 303 Communication Graphics; MC 304 Desktop Design; MC 308 Internship; MC 310 Specialized Reporting; MC 320 Sports Writing; MC 330 Single Camera Video; MC 331 Digital Video Editing; MC 333 Principles of Public Relations; MC 335 Web Writing and Development; MC 340 Advanced Public Relations; MC 350 Photojournalism; MC 355 Feature Writing; MC 365 Broadcast Programming; MC 370 Broadcast News and Performance; MC 404 Publications Design; MC 445 Television Production; MC 446 Public Relations Writing; MC 448 Public Relations Management; MC 450 Commercial Photography; MC 460 Public Relations Campaigns; MC 470 Broadcast Management

(*An English Language and AP Style Skills Examination must be taken and passed to advance further into the Mass Communication curriculum beyond MC 101 and MC 225.)

Students must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours in mass communication (48 credit hours are allowable), depending on the interest and aspiration of the student, in order to earn a degree in one of the four concentrations: Broadcasting, Business, Integrated Communication, Public Relations and Sports Journalism.

 

Mass Communication Core Courses

(21 Credit Hours) 

Mass Communication 100

3

Mass Communication 203

3

Mass Communication 225

3

Mass Communication  245

3

Mass Communication 409

3

Mass Communication 444

3

Mass Communication 471

1

Mass Communication Concentration Practicum

2

English Language and AP Style Skills Examination (70% score or higher required)

0

GET 300 Rising Junior Exam

0

 

Free electives in or outside of Mass Communication

(9 Credit Hours)

Free Electives

9

 

Concentration Requirements:

Broadcast Journalism

Integrated Communication

Sports Journalism

Public Relations