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Undergrad Degree Programs (Fall 2012-beyond)

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.
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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.


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 and Mass Communication
  • Electronic Media and Mass Communication
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Public Relations and Mass Communication

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

  • Mass Communication (General)

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 4382S-Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media
  5. Mass Communication Major (emphasis)
Advertising and Mass Communication (28 hours)
MC 3367-Advertising
MC 4316G-Ad Copy and Layout I
MC 4316H-Ad Copy and Layout II
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
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 
  1. Electives (as needed)
     
Other Requirements
  1. 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.
  2. The Bachelor of Science degree requires an English literature (in addition to any taken for the general education requirements), Sociology 3307 (Statistics for Behavioral Sciences) and 3-4 hours of a Math (not 1316), Natural Science or Computer Science (in addition to any taken for the general education requirements).
  3. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a second English literature (in addition to the general education requirements), Sociology 3307 (Statistics for Behavioral Sciences) and 2310 and 2320 of a modern language.
  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.
  5. Mass Communication students who fail to progress in admission to the program will be required to be academically advised each semester before they register.
  6. All students must earn a “C” or higher in the Mass Communication core (four courses), which includes: MC 1301-Introduction to Mass Communication, MC 1313-Writing for the Mass Media, MC 4301-Mass Communication Law and Ethics and MC 4382S-Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media.
  7. Students must earn a “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses.

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