This curriculum is designed to provide students maximum flexibility, through the appropriate selection of Mass Communications coursework, to pursue careers in journalism, public relations, media management, or media production.
The requirements for the major in Mass Communications include cognate courses consisting of related studies in communication. A student electing a major in Mass Communications has the option of choosing an academic minor.
A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course required in the major, including the University Capstone, COMM 4000 . A grade of “D” is non-progressive; the course must be repeated with a minimum grade of “C” before a student can progress to the next sequential course. A course transferred from another institution must show a grade of “C” or better.
All students must pass a departmental grammar examination before progressing in the major. This exam is administered as part of MCOM 2010 , both near the beginning and near the end of the semester. It is often offered once between semesters. Students may retake the exam on any of its scheduled offerings.
Mass Communications majors must take arts and sciences and general electives outside the major. A minimum of 80 semester hours must be completed outside of Mass Communications, of which a minimum of 65 hours must be in the basic arts and sciences.
A minimum of six hours of the Mass Communications electives must be completed at the 4000 level.
Cognate Requirement: a maximum of six hours of the Mass Communications cognate requirement are to be chosen from one of the following groups; the remaining three hours of the cognate requirement are to be chosen from the alternative group.
COGNATE GROUP I: CMST 1001 , CMST 1002 , CMST 1010 , CMST 1018 , CMST 2001 , or CMST 2060 .
COGNATE GROUP II: CMST 3002, CMST 3010 , CMST 3011 , CMST 3030 , CMST 3041 , CMST 3044 , or CMST 4050 .