Mass Communications Major/Minor Requirements
When considering a mass communication education at SCSU, remember you are joining an elite student body that benefits from getting an education from one the best mass media programs in the Midwest, boasting a high job placement rate.
Our integration of theory and professional practice in the classroom enhances our ability to be nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), one of only two ACEJMC accredited universities in the state.
In accordance with ACEJMC guidelines, mass communications majors are required to be broadly educated in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, learning the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for a global world while gaining the hands-on ability needed for a technical and digital society.
Our award winning educational program prepares students for the pursuit of intellectual excellence beyond the requirements of vocational or professional specialization.
This means we accept students into the program today while graduating the leaders of tomorrow.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION INTO THE MAJOR
Admission into the department occurs in March and October.
Before students will be formally admitted to a mass communications major, they must have:
- Successfully completed general education 191 and 192 and one mass communications course with a grade of C- or better. Transfer students’ credits in mass communications count toward this requirement.
- A minimum 2.5 GPA. Admission is competitive based on cumulative GPA, and limited in number.
- Completed a meeting with an adviser to plan their major program.
- Completed acceptance into a second major, a minor, or a concentration in a foreign language with an appropriate signature on the application form. A language concentration is three sequential language courses and does not require a signature on the application form.
DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATIONS
POLICY ON LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES COURSES
The Mass Communications major program consists of the following:
- 33-38 credits, varying by sequence, must be earned in mass communications. Students can take no more than 40 credits in the major. See the listing of courses offered in the mass communications department. The information is also included in the university bulletin.
- 65 credits of liberal arts and sciences must be taken outside Mass Communications. This includes credits from a second major, a minor, a language concentration, university electives and general education. Please see the back of the major application for a list of departments with courses in liberal arts and sciences.
NOTE: Three general education courses must be diversity courses including one racial issue course.
- 45 credits must be at the 300-400 upper division level.
- A minimum of 120 credits are needed for graduation.
Honor Students: Honors General Education Requirements are as required in the SCSU Undergraduate Bulletin plus the number of credits needed to satisfy the mass communications liberal arts requirements.
COURSE REGISTRATION POLICIES
- Mass communications 200-level courses are open to all SCSU students. 300- and 400-level courses are open to students who have been formally accepted into the major.
- No student will be given credit for a course unless they have met the established prerequisites prior to enrolling in the course.
- Approval of the instructor teaching the course is needed to waive prerequisites.
- Prerequisites will be waived only for a student the instructor believes has the skill and knowledge comparable to that offered by the prerequisites.
- Transfer students who have begun formal application procedures for a major program may be admitted to 300- and 400-level courses with the approval of the department chairperson.
- Normally, such approval shall not be granted for more than two semesters.
- In certain instances the chairperson may give overrides to other students who have unique mitigating circumstances.
- The chairperson will not grant overrides into full classes. Only the
instructor can give an override for a full class.
- Up to 12 semester credits may be transferred into the major program at the discretion of the department chairperson. The chairperson will consider exceptions to this policy based on individual course evaluation.
- A grade of C- or above is required in all mass communications courses for majors and minors.
- A grade of D+ or lower in the mass communications program must be repeated.