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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


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 CSCI 101 and labs 0
    Intensive Writing Met in major with MCOM 412 0
    Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
    Physical Activity See approved list; 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines*    
Global Perspectives See approved list; may be met in major


Historical Perspectives See approved list


Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives*


Social Science See approved list; 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; may be met in major (0-8)
Natural Science See approved list; must include one lab science.  If 2 courses taken, must be in two
different groups:  Life, Physical, Earth


Subtotal   26-44
*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


    SPCH 201 Public Speaking 3
    CSCI 101, 101B, 101F, 7 101N Intro to Computing & info Processing, labs 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 241 Media Writing


MCOM 301 Mass Communication Theory and Research


MCOM 310 Mass Media Law


    MCOM 325 Broadcast Journalism 3
MCOM 412 Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication


MCOM 441 Reporting Public Affairs


MCOM 461-463 or 464 Mass Communication Internship or Practicum


MCOM 499 Senior Portfolio




Broadcast Interest:  

MCOM 425 Advanced Broadcast Journalism 3
MCOM 446 Advanced Television Production 3
MCOM elective   3
    Journalism Interest:    
    MCOM 342 News Reporting 3
    MCOM electives   6
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. A maximum of one course may be applied to the Logic/Language/Semiotics Area. 


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 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.

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