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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Admission

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication admission policy is as follows:

Any student admitted to Texas State may declare and be admitted to the program under a temporary status called pre-mass communication. Once a student has accumulated at least thirty credit hours and meets the requirements outlined below, the student will be admitted to the school in full-major status. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be admitted to the major.

  • An overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A grade of a "C" or higher in the following courses or their equivalents: ENG 1310, ENG 1320, COMM 1310, MC 1100B* and MC 1301
    *Or a score of 70 or higher on the school's grammar, usage and punctuation (PUG) test.

Degree Programs

The major in mass communication blends both theoretical and technical principles and concepts.  The university’s general education core lays the foundation for a broad liberal arts education that the major is built upon.  The underlying assumption is that the best media professionals are those with a strong liberal arts education and an overlay of professional skills.

We offer four professional degree programs under the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: 

  • Advertising
  • Electronic Media
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations

We offer a one broader degree program under the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree:

  • Mass Communication (General)

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Both our B.S. and B.A. degrees include 6 components:

  1. General Education Coursework (Core Curriculum)
  2. BS degree support work or BA degree requirements
  3. a Minor
  4. Mass Communication Core (12 hours)
    • MC 1301 - Introduction to Mass Communication
    • MC 1313 - Writing for the Mass Media
    • MC 4301 - Media Law and Ethics
    • MC 4381 - Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media
  5. Electives (as needed)
  6. Mass Communication Major (emphasis)
Advertising and Mass Communication (28 hours)
MC 3367 - Advertising
MC 4316G - Ad Copy and Layout I
MC 4317 - Account Planning
MC 3372 - Advertising Media Planning
MC 4307 - Advertising Campaigns
12 advanced hours (4 courses) in any area of Mass Communication
1 hour from: MC 2111 (Media Practicum) or MC 4130 (internship) or any MC 1100 special topics course
 
Electronic Media and Mass Communication (28 hours)
MC 3306 - Writing for Electronic Media
MC 3311 - Video Production or MC 4356I-Visual Storytelling
MC 3312 - Television News
MC 3394 - Management of Electronic Media
1 course from: MC 3307 (Audio Production) or MC 3375 (Programming for the Electronic Media or MC 4330 (internship) or MC 4356I (Visual Storytelling) or MC 4357 (Sports as News).
12 advanced hours (4 courses) in any area of Mass Communication
1 hour from: MC 2111 (Media Practicum) or MC 4130 (internship) or any MC 1100 special topics course
 
Journalism and Mass Communication (28 hours)
MC 3321 - News Writing and Reporting I
MC 3383 - Editing for Clear Communication
MC 3390 - Media Design or 4315-Web Design Publishing
MC 4321 - News Writing and Reporting II
MC 4386 - Journalism Project
12 advanced hours (4 courses) in any area of Mass Communication
1 hour from: MC 2111 (Media Practicum) or MC 4130 (internship) or any MC 1100 special topics course
 
Public Relations and Mass Communication (28 hours)
MC 3343 - Introduction to Public Relations
MC 3360 - Research Methods in Mass Communication
MC 3383 - Editing for Clear Communication
MC 4313 - Writing for Public Relations
MC 4320 - Public Relations Campaigns
12 advanced hours (4 courses) in any area of Mass Communication
1 hour from: MC 2111 (Media Practicum) or MC 4130 (Internship) or any MC 1100 special topics course
 
Mass Communication (21 hours)
MC 3355 - Mass Media and Society
MC 3360 - Research Methods in Mass Communication
MC 4305 - Theories of Mass Communication
1 course from: MC 3319 (Visual Communication) or MC 3311 (Video Production) or MC 3390 (Media Design) or MC 4304 (Advertising Portfolio) or MC 4309 (Visual Literacy: Film) or MC 4312 (Photojournalism)or MC 4315 (Web Design: Publishing)
6 advanced hours of Mass Communication in any area of Mass Communication 
 
Special Requirements
  1. Any student admitted to Texas State may declare and be admitted to the program under a temporary status called pre-mass communicaiton.  Once a student has accumulated at least thirty credit hours and meets the requirements outlined below, the student will be admitted to the school in full-major status.  Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be admitted to the major.  A grade of a "C" or higher in the following courses or their equivalents: ENG 1310, ENG 1320, COMM 1310, MC 1100B* and MC 1301.  An overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. *Note: or a score of 70 or higher on the school's Punctuation, Usage and Grammar (PUG) test.
  2. General education core curriculum options should be discussed with an academic advisor. Requirements and choices are listed in the University College section of the catalog. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree cannot take Math 1316.
  3. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires six hours of English literature, 2310 and 2320 of a modern language and SOCI 3307.  The Bachelor of Science degree in addition to core curriculum requires three hours of English literature, SOCI 3307 and three-four hours of math (not MATH 1316), natural science or computer science.
  4. The Grammar, Usage and Punctuation (PUG) test is given by the Texas State Testing, Research-Support and Evaluation Center. The PUG test is administered weekly; call (512) 245-2276 for testing times. There is a fee of $40 per test for the first three attempts and a fee of $20 for each attempt after that.  Students enrolled at the Round Rock Campus should call the One Stop CEnter at 512-716-4000 for testing information.
  5. Advising. In an effort to promote the academic welfare of all Mass Communication students, the school strongly recommends that all students seek academic advising each semester.  In certain situations, students may have an advising hold placed on their records.  Advisors are available year round to assist students with academic issues and concerns.  Students can call 512-245-1932 to make an advising appointment.
  6. All students must earn a “C” or higher in each of four core courses in Mass Communication, which include:
    • Advertising and Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 3367
      • MC 3372
      • MC 4316G
      • MC 4317
    • Electronic Media and Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 3306
      • MC 3311 OR MC 4356I
    • Journalism and Mass Comnunication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 3321
    • Public Relations and Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 3343
      • MC 3383
      • MC 4313
    • Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
  7. Students must earn a “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses.
  8. At the Round Rock Campus only the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree program is offered.
  9. Students are required to submit a senior portfolio before they graduate.  Please visit www.masscomm.txstate.edu/resources/advising-home/forms.html for more information.

Questions? Visit the Bachelor of Science FAQs or fill out a Request for Information

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Am I still limited to taking any combination of the MC 1100B or the PUG a maximum of three times?

No, you can take MC 1100B or the PUG as many times as you wish. We encourage you to complete this requirement within your first year of enrollment if you enter Texas State from high school. If you enter Texas State from another college or university we encourage you to complete this requirement within your first semester of enrollment.

If I’ve already failed any combination of the MC 1100B or the PUG three times, can I still take MC 1100B or the PUG again?

Yes you can. The new policy is retroactive regardless of past scores or your catalog.

Is the PUG test still the final for MC 1100B?

No, the class will have assignments and a traditional class final. However, the components of the class and the PUG test are the same.

When is the MC 1100B class offered?

Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

Why was this change implemented?

Because writing is the foundation of our field, we encourage students to take MC 1100B and/or the PUG test early in their college career. Successfully completing this requirement early allows students to transition through their classes and stay on track for graduation.