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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.  Application for admission are reviewed each Wednesday. Once a student has accumulated at least 30 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 or the PUG test (70 or higher)
    • MC 1301

PUG Test Preparation Resources
Writing Center
Academic Services Building North (ASBN), Room 100
512-245-3018

PUG Test Administration Information
Testing, Evaluation and Measurement Center
Commons Hall, Room G4
512-245-2276
 

Students who fail to meet admission requirements to the SJMC by the Junior year will in all probability not graduate on time due to the prerequisite driven nature of the degree programs. The SJMC doesn’t waive prerequisites nor allow prerequisite classes to be taken together. Students who fail to meet admission requirements to the SJMC by their Junior year should seek academic advising for a realistic assessment of admission to SJMC programs or alternative major options.

In addition to a prolonged graduation date, failure to attain timely admission to the program may impact financial aid awards, trigger excessive tuition and prohibit students from enrolling fulltime.

Pre-major students have very limited course selection in the SJMC and are not eligible for internship credit among many other restrictions. It is advised that a student not begin any potential minor courses until a student has been admitted to the SJMC.


Undergraduate Courses

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 five professional degree programs under the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: 

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

Special Requirements

  1. 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 30 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 to 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. 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:
    • MC 1301
    • MC 1313
    • MC 4301
    • MC 4381
  7. Students must earn a “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses unless noted otherwise.
    • Advertising and Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 3367
      • MC 3372
      • MC 4316G
      • MC 4317
    • Digital Media Innovation and Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 4315 ("B" or higher)
      • MC 4326 ("B" or higher)
    • Electronic Media and Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 3306
      • MC 3311 OR MC 4356I
    • Journalism and Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 3321
      • MC 4321
    • Public Relations and Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
      • MC 3343
      • MC 3390 OR MC 4315 OR MC 4326
      • MC 4313
    • Mass Communication:
      • MC 1313
  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.