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Mass Communications (B.A.)

Administered by Department of Mass Communications

Effective Spring 2016

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/New Media/Digital Media.

FOUNDATION (12 credits)

MASSCOMM.110 Intro to Mass Communications*

MASSCOMM.310 Media Law and Ethics

MASSCOMM.398 Research Methods in Mass Communication

MASSCOMM.498 Capstone (Senior Seminar included)

CORE COURSES (12 credits)

MASSCOMM.120 Emergent Media in Mass Communications*

MASSCOMM.230 Newswriting*

MASSCOMM.251 PR Theory & Practice

MASSCOMM.271 Video Production I

ELECTIVES (12 credits from the concentrations below)

Telecommunications Track

MASSCOMM.336 Digital Video Editing

MASSCOMM.367 Video Production II

MASSCOMM.371 Broadcast Journalism

MASSCOMM.436 Advanced Video Editing

MASSCOMM.480 Telecomm Workshop

Emergent Media/New Media/Digital Media Track

MASSCOMM.220 Multimedia in Mass Communications I

MASSCOMM.260 Introduction to Mediated Communications

MASSCOMM.280 Visual Communication

MASSCOMM.320 Multimedia in Mass Communications II

MASSCOMM.420 Media Intensive Workshop

Journalism Track

MASSCOMM.241 Online Journalism

MASSCOMM.334 Editing

MASSCOMM.340 Feature Writing

MASSCOMM.435 Journalism Workshop

MASSCOMM.446 Magazine Editing and Production

Public Relations Track

MASSCOMM.352 Publicity and PR

MASSCOMM.455 PR Cases and Problems

MASSCOMM.475 PR Workshop

Capstone (Required for all Mass Communication Majors)

MASSCOMM.482 Mass Communications Seminar

MASSCOMM.497 Internship in Mass Communications

Free Electives

MASSCOMM.275 Cinema Appreciation*

MASSCOMM.297 Practicum in Mass Communications

MASSCOMM.380 Media Programming and Management

*Course carries General Education points