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    Feb 17, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Mass Communications B.A., with Broadcast News Concentration

Mass Communications

(CIP = 09.0102) (MAS)

This program will no longer be limited access, effective Spring 2020.

Note: Students must choose one of two concentrations:
                Broadcast News (MBCN)
                Broadcast-Program and Production (MBPP)

The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications is a pre-professional, hands-on program that allows students to be prepared for careers in communication but especially journalism, digital media, broadcasting, and promotional communication. Students have the option of pursuing a broadcast program of study or a journalism and digital communication program of study.

The Broadcast program of study offers two concentrations: Broadcast News and Broadcast Program Production. The undergraduate degree program introduces students to the theories, principles, and problems of mass communication, emphasizing the concept of freedom of information as the cornerstone of constitutional democracy and preparing students for future leadership roles in media and mass communication. Graduates should understand the structure and functions of media systems as well as the basic processes of mass communication. Majors produce visual, text-based, and digital stories for public consumption. While pursuing their studies, students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of internship and employment opportunities with professional media outlets.

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.

Students must receive a grade of C or better to meet the degree requirements.

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 6 Credit Hours

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

Students must receive a grade of C or better to meet the degree requirements.

Total Major Hours: 48

Major Core (9 Credit Hours)

The Mass Communications major requires nine (9) credit hours of core curriculum coursework: MMC 2100  Writing for the Mass Media, MMC 3602  Mass Communication and Society and VIC 3001  Visual Literacy and 21 credit hours of required concentration core coursework and 18 credit hours of restricted concentration elective coursework.

GPA Requirement

A 2.5 GPA in Mass Communications courses is required for graduation.

Grading Requirement

No student may graduate with a grade lower than C (2.0) not C- in any Mass Communications course.

Residency Requirement

At least 22 hours of resident School courses are required.

Other Requirements

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

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Other Information

Most Mass Communications courses have prerequisites as specified in the course descriptions (these prerequisites are separate from the State Mandated Common Prerequisites for program admission listed below). Refer to each prerequisite listed to determine progressive prerequisites for each course. Students should also note that the Mass Communications major is a four-semester program at a minimum and the majority of courses are offered only during the day.

All material submitted by students as assignments in writing, reporting, editing, photography and electronic news gathering and production classes is subject to publication or broadcast. The School uses a variety of online, print and electronic media outlets.

Advising Information

Daniel Shelnutt, Academic Advisor

Mass Communications Faculty

Associate Director: W. Garcia; Professor: F.W. Pearce; Associate Professors: K. Burns, S. Liu, R. Watson, K. Page Werder; Assistant Professors: J. Applequist, J. Brown, J. Hayes, K. Walker; Instructors: T. Bell, C. Gugerty, K. Hawley, C. O’Brien, K. Arnold Ruyle, D. Smith, W. Whitt, R. Wilber; Courtesy Professor: J. Gathegi; Emerita: D.S. Bagley III, E.J. Friedlander, L.Z. Leslie, R. Miller, B.K. Petersen.

Broadcast News Concentration (NWS)

(CIP = 09.0105)

Plan of Study

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