Chair: Brad Thompson
Transfer Advisor: Lisa Weidman
First-Year student contact: Susan Currie Sivek and Michael Huntsberger
- INQS 125 Inquiry Seminar: It is recommended that students take INQS during fall
semester as it is a prerequisite for most upper division mass communication
courses. The writing intensiveness makes it difficult to complete INQS and MSCM
175 simultaneously during the spring semester.
- MSCM 150 Introduction to Mass Communication: This is the introductory course to both the major and the
minor. It also satisfies the IS or US Linfield curriculum requirement
- MSCM 011 Newspaper Practices or MSCM 012 Broadcast
Practices: We encourage students to enroll in the paracurricular
section of Newspaper or Broadcast Practices depending on the student's interest
in media. This provides a structured introduction to The Linfield Review,
KSLC-FM or Wildcat Productions. Students will enroll in one of the required
practices classes again, for a grade, later in the major.
- Begin foreign language requirement: Some mass
communication students double major in a language and/or intend to study
abroad. These first-year guidelines help structure the mass communication major
and minor to facilitate study abroad during the junior year.
- Explore a possible double major or minor: The Department of Mass Communication encourages students
to double major or minor in a complementary subject area.
- Any of the above courses not completed in Fall
Semester; continue foreign language
- MSCM 114 Mass Communication Tools: This is an introduction to hardware and software modern communicators use.
- MSCM 175 Introduction to Media Writing: This course can be completed during the Spring semester
or Fall of second year. Taking this course simultaneously with MSCM 150 is
discouraged. The course requires instructor consent, and INQS and keyboard
proficiency are prerequisites.
- MSCM 187 Mass Communication Career Preparation This
course can be taken at virtually any time but it is best to do so in
anticipation of applying for an internship or summer job in mass
- Any of the above courses not completed in the first
year; continue foreign language
- Any of the MSCM 32x courses in the visual
- MSCM 275 Information Gathering: This course is the third of four required courses in the
major. It is best completed in the second year. MSCM 175 is a prerequisite.
SPECIFIC ADVISING INFORMATION
- The department takes a liberal arts and practical learning approach to the discipline. It offers courses that explore the historical, critical and theoretical framework of mass communication as well as practical courses that help students develop skills necessary for entry into communication-related industries. To assure breadth of study in the major, the department requires completion of a core of courses and study in advanced writing, visual communication and media studies.
- The department encourages students to minor or double major in a complementary discipline.
- The mass communication major offers only the Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Students must complete all major coursework with a grade of C- or above.
- Majors should obtain a mass communication Major Requirements Progress Sheet from their faculty advisor to help them plan and track their progress through the major.
- In addition to paracurricular enrollment (MSCM 011 or MSCM 012) recommended during the freshman year, each major must complete one semester of Newspaper Practices (MSCM 111) or Broadcast Practices (MSCM 112) for major credit.
- Students are strongly encouraged to take MSCM 114 Mass Communication Tools as early as practicable.
- Students are strongly encouraged to seek out internships related to their career interests.
- The Department of Mass Communication also offers a media studies minor. Please see the college catalog or a mass communication faculty member for specific requirements.