The Department of Communication Studies seeks to provide students pursuing a degree in mass communication with the theoretical foundations and practical knowledge of effective mass communication principles. By balancing courses in journalism and mass communication with history, English, math and other courses outside the department, students gain the broad education necessary for mass media careers.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Students will demonstrate their understanding of audio and video production and editing by creating their own products.
- Students will demonstrate their knowledge of skills and concepts involving the gathering, writing, editing, and production of print and broadcast sports shows and stories.
- Students will compose sports stories and shows for print, electronic, and multimedia platforms.
- Students will identify the various types of mass media and compare the historical role played by each type.
The mass communication major course curriculum reflects an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the ever-changing world of mass communication. The mission of the mass communication major is to provide a broad area of intellectual studies that will prepare students to become ethical and responsible media professionals.
General Education requirements - 46 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, art, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Science (must be lab science) - 8 hours
Mathematics 1342 and three additional hours - 6 hours
Speech 1311 or 1315 - 3 hours
Major area of study (see below) - 33 hours
Minor (minimum of 18 hours) - 18 hours
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Completion of thirty-three (33) semester hours:
Required Courses: Twenty-one (21) hours
COMM 1301 Introduction to Mass Media
COMM 2310 Audio Production
COMM 2311 Video Production
COMM 2339 Mass Media Writing
COMM 3311 Sports Reporting and Writing
COMM 3312 Sports Broadcasting and Production
Choose one of the following:
COMM 3300 Research Methods in Communication
COMM 4351 Internship in Mass Media
Optional Courses: Twelve (12) semester hours:
COMM 3310 Mass Media Law and Ethics
COMM/SPCH 3313 Communicating Baseball
COMM 3314 Sports Information and Publicity
KINE 3315 Sport Marketing
KINE 3362 Sport Psychology
KINE 4301 Organization and Administration in Kinesiology and Sport