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    Oct 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Mass Communications B.A., with Broadcast News Concentration


Mass Communications B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications is a pre-professional, hands-on program that prepares students for careers in communication, especially broadcast journalism, digital media, and promotional communication. The program has two concentrations: Broadcast-News and Broadcast-Program and Production.

Graduates should understand the structure and functions of media systems as well as the basic processes of mass communication. Students learn 21st century writing and video skills that prepare them for a variety of media jobs. The Tampa media market, which consistently ranks in the top 15 in the country, provides students with opportunities to learn from industry professionals who visit classes and host students in their workplaces. While pursuing their studies, students are strongly encouraged to expand their learning beyond the classroom by completing internships and working in the field.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students must complete 18 semester hours outside the Mass Communications curriculum (may not include ENC or
LIT prefixed courses) and beyond the 36 hours of general education requirements prior to entering the University. If
these courses are not taken prior to transferring to USF, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

  • XCO XXXX* - 3 credit hours
  • XCO XXXX* - 3 credit hours
  • XCO XXXX* - 3 credit hours
  • XCO XXXX* - 3 credit hours
  • XCO XXXX* - 3 credit hours
  • XCO XXXX* - 3 credit hours

*Course cannot include ENC or LIT prefix courses and must be beyond the 36 hours of general education requirements.

A minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course is required.

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 2 courses; 6 Credit Hours


The following courses are supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total major hours but are counted toward the total program hours of 120 credit hours. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

A minimum grade of C in each supporting course is required.

Total Major Hours: 45


Major Core (2 courses; 6 credit hours)


Note: MMC 2100  and MMC 3602  must be taken prior to beginning any concentration coursework. 

Major (Restricted) Electives: (39 credit hours)


Students complete one of two (2) concentrations:

  • Broadcast-News
  • Broadcast-Program and Production.

Broadcast News Concentration


Mass Communications B.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirement


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0
General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements):   2.0
USF GPA:  2.0
Overall GPA 2.0

Grading Requirements


A C (2.0) or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirements


Department Major Academic Residency Requirement - At least 30 hours of major coursework must be completed at USF. 

College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF.

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF.

Other Requirements


Sign Language may be used as an option by Mass Communications majors to fulfill the Foreign Language EXIT requirement.

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours in Mass Communications courses will be accepted from a community college or other lower-level program toward a degree in Mass Communications. It is suggested that the nine hours include the equivalent of the School core curriculum and one sequence introductory course. Approval by an appropriate advisor is required.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Website: https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, email MassComAdvise@usf.edu

4 Year Plan of Study - Mass Communications B.A.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  •  TV/News Reporter/Anchor
  •  Digital News Reporter/Producer
  •  TV News Producer

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$ 25,000 - $40,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 4

Total Credit Hours: 4

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • TGEH - High Impact Practice  - CST - Capstone  Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

2 Year Plan of Study - Mass Communications B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️ ENC 1102 - Composition II  Credit(s): 3  

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Concentration Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 7

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 1

Total Credit Hours: 13