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Majors and More

Majors and More

Mass Communication

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Students majoring in mass communication are interested in careers in newspaper journalism, broadcast journal­ism, broadcast production, media management, magazine journalism, public relations, advertising, business journalism, or online journalism.  By the time of graduation, mass communication graduates are expected to be able to gather, organize and process information; conduct interviews; write to a professional level of competence; and edit and produce, either in printed or broadcast form; all while meeting standards of professional ethics.

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication 

General Education Courses

 

Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy

1

Critical Skills    
Writing and Critical Thinking  
WRIT 101 (B- or better) Composition

3

    CRTW 201 Crit Reading, Thinking, & Writing

3

Quantitative Skills    
MATH 105 or 150 or 151 or 201

3

Technology  

3

CSCI 101 and 101B, F and N   Intro to Comp and Info Processing, Excel, Photoshop, & InDesign  
Oral Communication Met SPCH 201

0

Logic/Language/Semiotics  
Foreign Language At the 102 level

3-4†

SPCH 201 Public Speaking

3

Skills for a Common Experience and Thinking Across Disciplines  
HMXP 102 (B- or better) The Human Experience: Who Am I?

3

Global Perspectives See approved list

3

Historical Perspectives May be met in major with HIST 509 or 560

0-3

Developing Critical Skills and Applying them to Disciplines  
Social Science See approved list

0-3*

PLSC 202, ECON 103 or 215 State and Local Gov’t, Pol Economy, Princ of Microecon

6

Humanities and Arts See approved list; 3 hours may be met in major.
*Must take 9 hours from these two categories.

6-9*

Natural Science See approved list

7

Intensive Writing Met in major by MCOM 412

0

Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met by other req

0-3

Requirements in Major C- or higher required in all MCOM  courses

41-42

QMTH 205 Applied Statistics

3

 
MCOM 205 Introduction to Mass Communication

3

 
MCOM 226 Multimedia Storytelling and Production

3

     
MCOM 241 Media Writing

3

     
MCOM 301 Mass Communication Theory and Research

3

 
MCOM 310 Mass Media Law

3

     
MCOM 342 News Reporting

3

 
MCOM 412 Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication

3

 
MCOM 441 Reporting Public Affairs

3

 
MCOM 461 or 464 Mass Communication Internship or Practicum

1

     
MCOM 499 Senior Portfolio

1

 
MCOM electives     aproved by academic adviser

9-10

   

 

One of the following:  

3

ENGL 502  Studies in Non-Western Literatature

 

 
GEOG 303  Geography of Africa

 

 
GEOG 304 Geography of the Middle East

 

 
GEOG 306 Geography of Latin America & Carribbean

 

 
HIST 308 American Ethnic History

 

   

 

HIST 501 Hist of Social Movemnts in America

 

     
 HIST 509 African American History

 

     
HIST 521 The New South  
     
HIST 552 South Asia Since 1600  
     
HIST 553 China Since 1600  
     
HIST 560 History of Mexico,Central America  
     
HIST 561 History of the Caribbean  
     
PLSC 317 African American Politcs & Polity  
     
PLSC 551 African-American Political Thought  
     
PSYC 320 Racial,Cultural & Ethnic Influence on Identity Development  
     
RELG 300 Intro to World Religions  
     
SOCL 313 Social Inequality  
     
SOCL 314 Race and Ethnic Relations  
     
SOCL 320 Sociology of Contemporary Africa  
Foreign Language Requirement  

0-4

Minor  

15-18

General Electives  

8-21

Total  

124


†Students completing the required program for the B.A. degree in Mass Communication must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at or above the second semester college level. This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized proficiency examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite. A maximum of one course may be applied to the Logic/Language/Semiotics Area. 

Students will be classified as pre-majors (MCMP) in the department until they have completed WRIT 101, HMXP 102, MATH 105 or 150 or 201 or a MATH course with 201 as a prerequisite, ECON 103 or 215, MCOM 205 and 241, and have attained a 2.0 or higher grade-point average, at which time they can apply for admission to the program.

The mass communication major is limited to 40 hours of MCOM courses. Students who exceed 40 hours in MCOM will not be allowed to apply those additional hours toward the 124 hours required for the degree program.

At least 21 semester hours of the major must be completed at Winthrop University. A maximum of 12 semester hours may be transferred into the major from another accredited institution; additional transfer hours in journalism or mass communication will not apply toward the degree. MCOM 241 must be taken at Winthrop.

Students must complete at least 65 hours in the basic liberal arts and sciences. 

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

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