All Mass Communications and Media Studies majors begin with common courses designed to establish a strong foundation in visual, verbal and written communication.

Mass Communications student in radio stationOther courses in the core help students develop skills in communication through multiple media and give students insights into professional, theoretical, critical and historical aspects of the industry. From there, students have the flexibility to take upper-level courses related to their interests in radio, TV/film, speech and performance communication, digital media, and public relations. Opportunities are available for student participation in performances; in print, online and broadcast journalism; and in radio, video and television productions. All students gain practical professional experience through required internships and practicums.

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The Mass Communications and Media Studies program gives students the knowledge and skills needed to become effective professional communicators in their chosen field. The Mass Communications and Media Studies graduate is expected to be able to achieve the following objectives:

  1. to communicate effectively in person;
  2. to communicate effectively through multiple media;
  3. to analyze and critically evaluate messages produced in different media;
  4. to identify and discuss historical, ethical and legal issues related to mass communications and media studies; and
  5. to demonstrate potential to work as a professional in the field of mass communications and media studies.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS
Humanities and Fine Arts

6

Behavioral and Social Perspectives 6
Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning 7
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Approved Mathematics 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0
Approved General Education Electives2

10

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
JOUR 201 3
MEDA 101 3
MEDA 200 3
MEDA 210 3
MEDA 219 3
MEDA 302 3
MEDA 341 3
MEDA 360 3
SPCH 101 3
SPCH 102 3
SPCH 201 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
Writing
ENGL 275 or JOUR 375 or THTR 390
3
Visual Communication
JOUR 302 or JOUR 303 or MEDA 204
3
Internship or Practicum
MEDA 290 or MEDA 490 or THTR 490
3
MEDA 310 3
MEDA 421 3
MEDA 460 3
MCOM 499 1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES (12 hours)                  CREDIT HOURS
MEDA 301 3
MEDA 312 3
MEDA 342 3
MEDA 343 3
MEDA 345 3
MEDA 350 3
MEDA 351 3
MEDA 410 3
MEDA 450 3
THTR 304 3
THTR 308 3
300- or 400-level JOUR, MEDA or THTR class 3
   
Total Major Program Requirements 64
Additional Electives 14
TOTAL FOR BA DEGREE 120
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all program requirement courses and in ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses