Majors and More


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.

General Education


Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy


Shared Skills and Proficiencies
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition


HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing


    Oral Communication Met in major with SPCH 201 0
    Technology Met in major with MCOM 226 and 230 0
    Intensive Writing Met in major with MCOM 412 0
    Constitution Requirement See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); may be met with another requirement 0-3
    Physical Activity See approved list; (pdf - 306 KB) 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines*    
Global Perspectives See approved list; (pdf - 306 KB) may be met in major


Historical Perspectives See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)


Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives*


Social Science See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); must include 2 designators; may be partially met in major


Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators


  3 hours met in major  
Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses) 6-12
Quantitative Skills See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); may be met in major (0-8)
Natural Science See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); must include one lab science.  If 2 courses taken, must be in two
different groups:  Life, Physical, Earth


Subtotal   29-44
*No more than two courses in the major may count toward requirements in these areas
Requirements in Major C- or higher required in all MCOM  courses


CSCI 101B Using Microsoft Excel 0.5
SPCH 201 Public Speaking 3
MATH 101, 150 or 151, and MATH 141 Alg & Trig for Calculus; Intro Discrete Math, Applied College Alg; Finite Probability & Stats 6
MCOM 205 Introduction to Mass Communication


MCOM 226 Multimedia Storytelling and Production


MCOM 230 Foundations of Digital Media


MCOM 241+ Media Writing


MCOM 301 Mass Communication Theory and Research


MCOM 310 Mass Media Law


MCOM 346 Principles of Television Production 
MCOM 412 Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication


MCOM 461-463 or 464 Mass Communication Internship or Practicum


MCOM 499 Senior Portfolio


Broadcast Interest:  


   MCOM 325 Broadcast Journalism 3
   MCOM 425 Advanced Broadcast Journalism 3
   MCOM 348, 441, or 446 Broadcast Performance, Multimedia Reporting, Advanced Television Production 3
   MCOM  or IMCO elective   3
Journalism Interest:    
   MCOM 325 or 348 Broadcast Journalism or Broadcast Performance 3
   MCOM 330 Convergent Journalism
   MCOM 441 Multimedia Reporting 3
   MCOM or IMCO elective   3
Digital Sports Production Interest    
   MCOM 210 Intro to Sports Production 1
   MCOM 211 Live Production I 1
   MCOM 212 Live Production II 1
   MCOM 309 Social Media and Promotion 3
   MCOM 312 Digital Sports Producing 3
   MCOM 410 Digital Sports Directing 3
Foreign Language Requirement  




General Electives  




 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.

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 120 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 or at an ACEJMC accredited institution.  

Students must complete at least 72 credit hours outside of MCOM. 

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