Winthrop University: Department of Mass Communication

Mass Communication

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Preparing for the Future

What is now the Department of Mass Communication has been designing programs to develop exceptional communicators for the past 75 years. Our students are prepared to create messages that impact, inspire and influence our global society. Today, the Department of Mass Communication prepares students to meet the demands of the 21st Century. A progressive curriculum grounded in liberal arts develops critical thinkers who delve deep and communicate succinctly and creatively.

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Immersed in the world of communication, students majoring in Mass Communication experience real world and broadcast journalism, while Integrated Marketing Communication majors train for converged media and communication environments. In addition, Digital Information Design majors, housed in the Department of Computer Science, are offered a concentration in Digital Mass Media to expand skill sets to include web design and web content management.

A degree in mass communication opens doors, offering mentorship with professionals and connecting graduates with employers.



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Department News

Prof. Patwardhan earns top Winthrop teaching award

Padmini Patwardhan

Mass communication Prof. Padmini Patwardhan has been named the 2020 Kinard Award recipient, which recognizes Winthrop faculty for outstanding teaching and significant contributions to the university. The annual award is the school's top teaching honor. Patwardhan, who has been at Winthrop since 2005, teaches classes in integrated marketing communication, advertising, public relations, and communication theory and research. Read more here.


Mass Comm Senior Wins Research Award

The Mass Communication Department is proud to announce that Anna Sharpe is the recipient of this year's Inez Bell Caskey Award in the humanities. The Caskey awards are given annually to students who distinguish themselves in the area of undergraduate research in the College of Arts and Sciences. Sharpe was selected for impactful-investigative journalism and co-writing a book chapter on ethics with one of her professors. Sharpe was also named the Student Journalist of the Year and the Mundy Scholar by the South Carolina Press Association in 2020.


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Examples of Student Work

The work below links to some of the outstanding stories and media students produce. The department strives to emulate a professional model through student media, class work and internships. Students excel at covering news, social issues, sports, human interest and more.

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Last Updated: 7/13/22