Bachelor of Arts, Major in Mass Communication: Multiplatform Journalism

Multiplatform Journalism

The Multiplatform Journalism Concentration empowers students to craft news content on a variety of emerging media platforms with efficiency and expedience. Students develop traditional reporting and interviewing skills, writing and copy editing proficiencies, and expertise with photography, audio recording, and video recording. Publication across a variety of platforms, including student-created websites and diverse social media, is also emphasized.

All students who choose to declare a major or minor in Mass Communication or Ag/Com will be required to pass the Pearson Grammar Competency Lab with a score of 80 percent or better before they will be allowed to register for 3000 or 4000-level courses in MCOM.  The lab is offered free of charge. Please visit Grammar Module for additional information. 

Writing Enhanced Courses. All undergraduate students are required to complete at least six hours of writing enhanced courses within the discipline, of which three hours must be advanced.

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Mass Communication: Multi-Platform Journalism
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
Advanced Liberal Arts Electives (6 hours)6
ARTS 2370Digital Photography I3
Select one of the following: 23
Introduction To Economics
Principles Of Macroeconomics
Principles Of Microeconomics
Foreign Language - 14 Hours - 4 Courses (XXXX1411, 1412, 2311, 2312): 314
PHIL 2306Contemporary Moral Issues 43
Mass Communication Core (14 hours)
MCOM 1130Media Literacy 51
MCOM 1330Analysis of Electronic Culture (Writing Enhanced)3
MCOM 1332Writing For Mass Media (Writing Enhanced)3
MCOM 2371TV & Film Production3
MCOM 3026Media Practicum1
MCOM 4371Mass Media Law And Ethics (Writing Enhanced)3
Courses Required for Concentration (24 hours)
MCOM 1371Audio Production & Performance3
MCOM 2362News Reporting3
MCOM 3361Broadcast Journalism Writing3
MCOM 3364News Editing3
MCOM 4361TV News Producing3
MCOM 4364Investigative Reporting3
MCOM 4365Online Journalism3
MCOM 4383Audience Research & Analysis3
Concentration Electives (9 hours)9
Media Practicum
Specialized Writing
Media Criticism
Broadcast Performance
Photojournalism
Single Cam & Non-Linear Edit I
Special Topic (Limited to 3 SCH)
Independent Study (Limited to 3 SCH)
Advanced Audio Production
Professional Internship
Select Option A or B12
Option A: 12 Credits in 1 Subject Area, 6 Upper Level
Option B: 12 Credits in Business, 6 Upper Level
Total Hours120
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area II13ECON 2300, 2301, or 230233
Foreign Language XXXX141124Foreign Language XXXX141224
MCOM 1330 (Writing Enhanced)3MCOM 113041
MCOM 1332 (Writing Enhanced)3MCOM 23713
 16 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area III4Component Area III4
Advanced Liberal Arts Elective3ARTS 23703
Foreign Language XXXX231123Foreign Language XXXX231223
PHIL 230653MCOM 13713
MCOM 43713MCOM 23623
 13 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area VI3Component Area V3
Advanced Libral Arts Elective3Component Area VI3
MCOM 30261MCOM 33643
MCOM 33613MCOM 33723
MCOM Concentration Elective63Option A or B: Upper Division Course73
Option A or B: Lower Division Course73 
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area VII3Component Area VII3
MCOM 43643MCOM 43613
MCOM Concentration Elective63MCOM 43653
Option A or B: Lower Division Course3MCOM 43833
Option A or B: Upper Division Course3MCOM Concentration Elective63
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
MCOM Concentration Elective Courses 6
Select three of the following:
MCOM 3026Media Practicum3
MCOM 3360Specialized Writing3
MCOM 3365Broadcast Performance3
MCOM 3366Photojournalism3
MCOM 3372Single Cam & Non-Linear Edit I3
MCOM 4022Special Topic3
MCOM 4099Independent Study3
MCOM 4376Advanced Audio Production3
MCOM 4398Professional Internship3