Focusing on practical, project-based learning, the Department of Mass Communication represents the heartbeat of teaching, learning and student success. Our unique news set, iMac laboratory, versatile black box, podcast/internet radio studio and WLCD radio station provides students relentless access to state-of-the-art production amenities and cutting-edge technology/software (6K cinematic cameras, iPads, mirrorless cameras, Pro Tools, Ableton, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.). As a department we seek to graduate the next generation of journalists, content creators, on-air personalities, graphic designers, editors, storytellers and other creative artists.
A MAJOR in mass communication requires 45 CREDIT HOURS
in accordance with their emphasis (General or Broadcasting)
These hours include twenty-seven (27) or twenty-four (24) credit hours in core courses; four (4) or three (3) courses from general communication courses (9 credit hours); and three (3) courses from communication electives (9 credit hours). All mass communication majors and minors must demonstrate the ability to effectively use word processing software. Students with a major or minor in mass communication must complete the required English composition courses and Foundations of Speech with a minimum grade of “C” in each course. At the discretion of the major advisor, students with a satisfactory grade in Composition I may be allowed to take introductory mass communication courses before successfully completing Composition II. All mass communication majors are encouraged to complete at an internship before graduation.
Major Hours: 45
General Education Core: 54
General Elective Hours: 25
Total Hours: 124
A MINOR in mass communication requires 18 CREDIT HOURS
Twelve (12) of these hours are specified: COM 131, COM 135, COM 236, and COM 333. Students may select the remaining six (6) hours from general courses and one (1) from elective courses.
Students graduating with degrees in Mass Communication will:
- 1. The ability to write clearly and accurately for broadcast, print, cable, internet, and social media.
- 2. Understanding of the function and effect of mass media in a democratic society.
- 3. Knowledge about the technological, economic, and human factors that are involved in the production of print and broadcast media.
- 4. Knowledge, skills, and experience in print, broadcast, and public relations.