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Curriculum

Mass Communication students must complete 36 hours of coursework in the Mass Communication area


  • 12 hours in core requirements

  • 12 hours in one of the six concentrations

  • 12 hours of elective coursework in Mass Communication

Summary of Requirements
(36 SEMESTER HOURS)

Summary of Requirements 


 

MASS COMMUNICATION CORE


MCOM 110 Public Communication (3 credits)
MCOM 111 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 credits)
MCOM 211 Communication Theory (3 credits)
MCOM 395 Senior Seminar in Mass Communication (3 credits)

MASS COMMUNICATION ELECTIVES



12 credits

FREE ELECTIVES



36 credits

APPROVED ELECTIVES



9 credits

FOREIGN LANGUAGE



6 credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS


First Year Seminar (3 credits)
English—Composition and Rhetoric (3 credits)
Math—Nature of Mathematics or Intro College Algebra (3 credits)
Humanities (6 credits)
Social Science (6 credits)
Natural Science (6 credits) Fine Arts (3 credits)

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS: 120


Many students use their 36 credits of free electives and 9 credits of approved electives to also double major (or minor) in another area such as marketing, graphic design, English, or psychology, while still graduating in the same amount of time as a traditional Mass Communication major.

Digital Media Courses


Hands-on, real-world classes produce portfolio worthy work students can use to find work. Among our digital media offerings:
MCOM 218 Media Aesthetics (3 credits)
MCOM 242 Introduction to New Media (3 credits)
MCOM 262 Writing for Interactive Media (3 credits)
MCOM 272 Creating Digital Media (3 credits)
MCOM 287 Video Editing & Post Production (3 credits)
MCOM 299 Podcast Studio (3 credits)
MCOM 344 Creating Advertising for Media (3 credits)
MCOM 357 The Portfolio Project (3 credits)

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS


MCOM 220 Introduction to Advertising (3 credits)
And take four of the following:

MCOM 323 Advertising Copywriting (3 credits)
MCOM 330 Advertising Media Planning (3 credits)
MCOM 339 Advertising and PR Campaign (3 credits)
MCOM 201 Persuasive Communication (3 credits)
MCOM 333 TV Commercials (3 credits)
MCOM 370 Publicity Methods (3 credits)

Take five of the following:
MCOM 201 Persuasive Communication (3 credits)
MCOM 205 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
MCOM 290 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
MCOM 306 Argumentation and Debate (3 credits)
MCOM 384 Organizational Communication (3 credits)
MCOM 346 Media Management (3 credits)

MCOM 290 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
And take four of the following:

MCOM 284 Business & Professional (3 credits)
SOC 231 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
PSCI 204 Government & Politics Abroad (3 credits)
PSCI 206 Pol. Eco. Of North/South Relations (3 credits)
PSCI 207 World Politics (3 credits)
PSCI 305 International Relations (3 credits)
PSCI 209 Intro to United Nations Studies (3 credits)
PSCI 312 Diplomacy & Foreign Policy (3 credits)
WREL 275 Religion, Conflict & Mediation (3 credits)
WREL 288 Internet Religion (3 credits)
WREL 305 Comparative Religious Ethics (3 credits)
WREL 348 Religion & Society (3 credits)
WREL 374 Religion & Politics in the Middle East (3 credits)

Take all five of the following:
MCOM 240 News Reporting (3 credits)
MCOM 341 Magazine and Feature Writing (3 credits)
MCOM 235 Writing for Media or MCOM 265 Writing for Interactive Media(3 credits)
MCOM 277 Broadcast TV & News (3 credits)
MCOM 390 Media Law (3 credits)

MCOM 270 Public Relations (3 credits)
And take four of the following:

MCOM 201 Persuasive Communication (3 credits)
MCOM 339 Advertising and PR Campaigns (3 credits)
MCOM 346 Media Management (3 credits)
MCOM 370 Publicity Methods (3 credits)
MCOM 384 Organizational Communication (3 credits)

Take five of the following:
MCOM 251 Sports Journalism (3 credits)
MCOM 240 News Reporting & Writing (3 credits)
MCOM 255 Sports Business (3 credits)
MCOM 277 Broadcast TV & News (3 credits)
MCOM 341 Magazine & Feature Writing (3 credits)
MCOM 354 Media, Sports, & Society (3 credits)
MCOM 390 Media Law (3 credits)
PSYC 355 Sports Psychology (3 credits)

Sample Schedule for Advertising Concentration

FIRST SEMESTER


English Composition and Rhetoric
Humanities I
Public Communication
Foreign Language
Elective

SECOND SEMESTER


Math 
Humanities II
Introduction to Mass Communication
Foreign Language 
Elective

THIRD SEMESTER


Social Science I 
Fine Arts 
Communication Theory 
Introduction to Advertising 
Public Relations 

FOURTH SEMESTER


Social Science II
Advertising Copywriting
Publicity Methods 
Mass Communication Elective 
Elective

FIFTH SEMESTER


Natural Science I
Advertising Media Planning 
Mass Communication Elective 
Elective 
Liberal Arts Elective 

SIXTH SEMESTER


Natural Science II
Advertising and PR Campaigns
Mass Communication Elective
Elective (two)

 

SEVENTH SEMESTER


Mass Communication Elective (two)
Electives (two)
Liberal Arts Elective 

EIGHTH SEMESTER


Senior Seminar in Mass Communication
Mass Communication Electives (two)
Electives (two)

Each class is 3 credits.

Total Semester Hours 120