Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Mass Communication B.A.

 

Degree Requirements

Areas A - E (See Core section of the Catalog) (42 semester hours)

Area F (18 semester hours)

MSCM 2201Media Literacy

3

MSCM 2205Professional Media Writing

3

MATH 2600Probability and Statistics

3

MATH 2600 or 1000-4000 elective if taken in Area A-E.

Any transfer student who has not completed the courses in Area F, or their equivalents, must take these courses at Georgia College.

Choose from Liberal Arts Electives (3-6 hours)

Any 1000-2000 level ARTS, ECON, ENGL, GEOG, HIST, IDST, MUSC, POLS, PSYC, RHET, SOCI, or THEA (3-9 hours)

3-9

Foreign Language Options (3-6 hours)

Mass Communication majors who take three or four courses at the university level may count two of them in Area F.

FREN 1001Intro French Lang & Culture I

3

FREN 1002Intro French Lang & Culture II

3

FREN 2001Interm Fren Lang & Culture I

3

FREN 2002Interm Fren Lang & Culture II

3

ITAL 1001Intro Ital Lang & Culture I

3

ITAL 1002Intro Ital Lang & Culture II

3

ITAL 2001Interm Ital Lang & Culture I

3

ITAL 2002Interm Ital Lang & Culture II

3

GRMN 1001Intro German Lang & Culture I

3

GRMN 1002Intro German Lang & Culture II

3

GRMN 2001Inter German Lang & Culture I

3

GRMN 2002Inter German Lang & Culture II

3

SPAN 1001Intro Span Lang & Culture I

3

SPAN 1002Intro Span Lang & Culture II

3

SPAN 2001Interm Span Lang & Culture I

3

SPAN 2002Interm Span Lang & Culture II

3

Major Requirements (39 semester hours)

Required Courses (12 hours)

MSCM 3306MSCM Theory & Research

3

MSCM 3300Mass Media Law and Ethics

3

MSCM 2930Practicum

1

MSCM 4402Senior Career Development

1

MSCM 4960Internship

1 - 15

Note:

MSCM 2930: 2 hours required (1 hour per course)

MSCM 4960: 3 hours required

Skills Courses (12 hours)

Student must select 12 hours from the following cross platform skills courses:
MSCM 3320Media Management

3

MSCM 3323Publication Editing

3

MSCM 3326Feature Writing

3

MSCM 3341Media Interviewing & Listening

3

MSCM 3343Media Design

3

MSCM 3345Multimedia Storytelling

3

MSCM 3346Electronic Editing

3

MSCM 3350Radio Operations

3

MSCM 3351Message Creation

3

MSCM 3352Advanced Strategic Writing

3

MSCM 3353Strategic Planning

3

MSCM 3363Issues in the Strat Comm Indus

3

MSCM 3364Strategic Media Planning

3

MSCM 3365Community Journalism

3

MSCM 3366Investigative Journalism

3

MSCM 3367Narrative Journalism

3

MSCM 3368Shooting for News

3

MSCM 3378Pitching for Multiple Screens

3

Note: Students may take only two (2) skills courses per semester.

Convergent Electives

Student must take six (6) hours from any other 3000-4000 level MSCM course not listed above.

Cognate

Students must take six (6) hours from the following:
CBIS 3217Desktop Publishing

3

CBIS 3218Web Design Tools

3

3000-4999Any Upper Level ARTS ENGL RHET MGMT or MKTG course

3

Senior Project Requirement

Choose one of the following:
MSCM 4501Strategic Campaigns

3

MSCM 4502Producing for Digital Media

3

MSCM 4503Enterprise Journalism

3

Senior Capstone Experience (4* semester hours)

This requirement is satisfied during the senior year and is met by completion of MSCM 4402, Senior Career Development, which requires the compilation of a reflective portfolio of a student's work and three (3) hours from one of the following:  MSCM 4501 Strategic Campaigns, MSCM 4502 Producing for Digital Media, OR MSCM 4503 Enterprise Journalism.

Foreign Language Requirement (0-12 hours)

Students must show competence in a foreign language at the level of the fourth university course (2002). (0-12 hours.)

 

Electives (9-21 hours)

Mass Communication majors who use language courses in Area F will have the higher number of elective hours.

Total Credit Hours: 120

Other Requirements:

  • Completion of the First-Year Academic Seminar with a passing grade.  Students who transfer to Georgia College after the first term are exempt from the requirement.
  • Mass Communication majors are required to complete off-campus internships in the communications field.  Students must have completed all four of their MSCM skills courses before completing an internship.  If students do not have a 2.5 GPA or better, they must successfully complete a noncredit internship and take three additional semester hours of MSCM electives.  The maximum number of internship hours that may be applied toward a Mass Communication major is three.  Internships must be completed at Georgia College and may not be completed while taking any other courses.
  • Mass Communication majors must earn a C or better in all MSCM courses that count toward their major.
  • Any student who receives more than one grade of D or F in any MSCM course(s) will be ineligible to continue in the major, subject to appeal to the department faculty and the department chair.
  • Students who are found guilty of misconduct at the university level, including but not limited to cheating or plagiarism, will not be allowed to remain in the major.
  • A minimum of 39 semester hours must be at the 3000-4000 level.
  • A University-wide Senior Capstone Experience requirement, fulfilled by the regular major curriculum for the B.A. with major in Mass Communication.