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Mass Communications (B.A.)

Administered by Department of Media and Journalism

Effective Fall 2020

As per PRP3604: All students earning a first baccalaureate degree will take at least 30 of their last 45 credits at Bloomsburg University, no more credits are required than the 30 credits. All first baccalaureate students will take at least 50% of credits required for the Major from a PASSHE university. Bloomsburg University may require up to a maximum of 50% of the Major credits. Program exceptions to the policy are to be approved by the Office of the Chancellor.

In addition to general education requirements, a total of 39 semester hours is required for a major in Mass Communications. The balance of the university's 120-semester hour requirement for a bachelors' degree comes from elective courses. The department's curriculum ensures better preparation for the changing communications industry. Graduates are trained for careers in Journalism, Public Relations, Telecommunications or Emergent Media.

FOUNDATION (12 credits)

MEDIA.110 Intro to Mass Communications*

MEDIA.310 Media Law and Ethics (Pre-req. 230)

MEDIA.398 Research Methods (Pre-req. 110)

MEDIA.498 Capstone (Senior Seminar included)

CORE COURSES (12 credits)

MEDIA.120 Introduction to Emergent Media*

MEDIA.230 Newswriting* (Pre-req ENGLISH.101)

MEDIA.251 PR Theory and Practice*

MEDIA.271 Video Production I

ELECTIVES (12 credits from the concentrations below)

Broadcasting and Video Production

MEDIA.336 Digital Video Editing (Pre-req. 271)

MEDIA.367 Video Production II (Pre-req. 271, 336)

MEDIA.371 Broadcast Journalism (Pre-req. 367)

MEDIA.436 Advanced Video Editing (Pre-req. 336)

MEDIA.480 Telecomm Workshop (Pre-req. 367) (Topic changes)

Emergent Media

MEDIA.220 Introduction to Multimedia*

MEDIA.260 Social Media and Podcasting*

MEDIA.280 Introduction to Visual Communications*

MEDIA.320 Applied Multimedia (Pre-req 220)

MEDIA.420 Emergent Media Workshop (Pre-req. 220) (Topic changes)


MEDIA.241 Online Journalism (Pre-req. 230)

MEDIA.334 Editing (Pre-req. 230)

MEDIA.340 Feature Writing (Pre-req. 230)

MEDIA.435 Journalism Workshop (Pre-req. 230) (Topic changes)

MEDIA.446 Magazine Editing and Production (Pre-req. 334 and 340)

Public Relations

MEDIA.352 Public Relations Tactics (Pre-req. 251)

MEDIA.455 PR Cases and Problems (Pre-req. 352)

MEDIA.475 PR Workshop (Pre-req. 352) (Topic changes)

Capstone (Required for all majors)

MEDIA.482 Seminar (Topic changes)

MEDIA.497 Internship (3-15 credits)

Free Electives

MEDIA.275 Cinema Appreciation*

MEDIA.297 Practicum (1 credit, repeatable 2 times)

MEDIA.380 Media Programming and Management

*Course carries General Education points

Overall Major GPA must be 2.5 or greater.