Bachelor of Arts/or Science in Mass Communication Objectives
The study of mass communication prepares students for careers in news reporting and editing for digital media, newspapers, television, public relations, and other mass media. The department's graduates usually take jobs with businesses, government agencies, professional, and non-profit organizations. Other graduates enter advertising or areas of specialized communication such as writing about medicine, technology, or business. Still others are choosing careers in "new media" - interactive computer systems, and information distribution. The mass communication major also is excellent preparation for law school.
The department offers the B.A. and B.S. in Mass Communication and the Master of Arts in Communication. The B.A. requires a foreign language sequence. The B.S. requires a set of courses in geography, economics, computer science, mathematics and/or science in place of the foreign language. The study in mass communication should be part of a broad and flexible education and the total educational experience is more important than any single part of it. Accordingly, more than seventy percent of a major's work must be done outside of mass communication.
Students desiring teacher certification in mass communication for Texas secondary schools must meet additional requirements that vary according to whether mass communication is their first or second teaching field.
- B.A. in Mass Communication: 36 hours in mass communication, 24 of which must be upper division; 18 hours in a minor; four semesters of a foreign language.
- B.S. in Mass Communication: 36 hours in mass communication, 24 of which must be upper division; 18 hours in a minor; six hours of mathematics, science, economics, geography and/or computer science, in addition to those otherwise counted as lower-division preparation.
- Minor in Mass Communication: 18 hours in mass communication, 12 of which must be upper division.
- Teacher Certification