Chair: Dr. Lisa Weidman, lweidma, x2219, Renshaw 102A
Transfer Advisor: Dr. Brad Thompson, bthomps, x2291, Renshaw 203
First-Year student contact: Susan Currie Sivek, ssivek, x2521, Renshaw 205 or Michael Huntsberger, mhuntsb, x2271, Renshaw 212A
The department takes a liberal arts and practical learning approach to the discipline. It offers courses that explore the 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; therefore, students must satisfy the B.A. language requirement. 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.
GUIDELINES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:
MAJOR SPECIFIC ADVISING INFORMATION:
CORE: 40 credits including 111 or 112, 150, 175, 180, 230, 275, 321, and 485, and additional courses in writing, visual communication and media studies as approved by the academic advisor, and at least one of the following: 370, 375, 377, and 378. Only courses in the major completed with a grade of C- or better may be used to meet prerequisite requirements or count toward the major. No more than 45 credits from Mass Communication can be counted toward graduation. In addition, majors are strongly encouraged to either minor in other disciplines or double major. While 111 and 112 may be taken more than once, only one credit may be applied toward a Mass Communication major.
MEDIA STUDIES MINOR: : A total of 20 credits including: 111 or 112, 150, and 230; 3 courses from 327, 330, 333, 335, 337, 343, 345, 347, 349, 351, 353, 450 and others approved by department chair. One off-campus January-term course (198, 298, 398, 498) offered by the department may be counted toward the minor. Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count toward the minor. The Media Studies minor is not available to Mass Communication majors.
OTHER GUIDELINES IN THE DEPARTMENT:
The department encourages students to declare the Mass Communication major as soon as they complete Colloquium, and they can ask any Mass Communication faculty member to be their new academic advisor or ask Department Chair Dr. Lisa Weidman for advice on the best advisor for their interests.
*Internship course may also be taken during the summer. A total of 4 Mass Communication Internship credits may count toward the major.
Media Studies Courses (Must take at least 8 credits)
MSCM 327 Introduction to Film (4)
MSCM 330 History of Mass Communication (4)
MSCM 335 Mass Communication Ethics
MSCM 337 Mass Media and the Law (4)
MSCM 343 Social Media Theory & Practice (4)
MSCM 345 Mass Media, Politics and Public Opinion (4)
MSCM 347 Principles of Public Relations (4)
MSCM 349 Principles of Advertising (4)
MSCM 351 Principles of Journalism (4)
MSCM 353 Literary Journalism (4)
MSCM 450 Mass Communication Research Methods (4)
MSCM 480 Independent Study (1-5)
MSCM 298 Travel course (4)
MSCM 398 Travel course (4)
MSCM 498 Travel course (4)
Advanced Writing Courses
MSCM 370 Public Relations Writing
MSCM 375 Reporting
MSCM 377 Feature Writing
MSCM 378 Electronic Media Writing
Mass Communication Electives
MSCM 187 Mass Communication Career Preparation (1)
MSCM 360 Topics in Mass Communication (4)
MSCM 425 Advanced Video (4)
MSCM 429 Advanced Interactive Multimedia (4)
MSCM 487 Internship (1-4)