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  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees are two of the most commonly awarded and recognized degrees among U.S. colleges and universities. There are no official guidelines, but generally speaking B.S. degrees are offered in the hard sciences, technology based programs and those degrees requiring quantitative reasoning skills.

    B.A. degrees are typically offered in the humanities and arts, but there are exceptions to both. At some colleges and universities some majors are offered under both the B.S. and B.A. degrees with as little as a difference of two or three courses while in other programs the difference in courses can be much greater.

     

  • The School of Journalism and Mass Communication regularly reviews its curriculum and consults with industry professionals and alumni to tweak and revise its curriculum to make students highly marketable upon graduation.  The B.A. degree requires a twenty-hour block that has to be met within the state mandated 120 hour total degree. These limitations made the implementation of the new curriculum nearly impossible. At the same time our curriculum has become more technology based and as such was a fine candidate for the B.S. degree.

  • No, the requirements are the same.

  • The earliest a B.S. degree can be conferred is December 2012 pending your remaining degree requirements.

  • No. The B.S. degree is only available in our four professional degrees which include:

    Advertising and Mass Communication
    Electronic Media and Mass Communication
    Journalism and Mass Communication
    Public Relations and Mass Communiication


  • You will need to meet with your advisor and complete paperwork on or after July 10, 2012.

  • No. Students who were enrolled at Texas State prior to fall 2012 or those students who are transfer students to Texas State through spring 2014 have until summer 2018 to complete the current B.A. degrees if they wish. However, any student can also move to the new degree if they wish.

    For freshman whose initial enrollment in Texas State is fall 2012 or later, your degree choices are as follows.

    B.S.
    Advertising and Mass Communication

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

    B.A.
    Mass Communication (General)

     

  • Changes by component area for those who move to the B.S. from the B.A.

     

    General Education Component

    The core is the same. EXCEPT students cannot use MATH 1316 (Survey of Contemporary Mathematics) to meet their core math requirement. All other core curriculum math options are acceptable.

     

    BA requirements

    No longer exist.

     

    Support coursework (new) (replaces B.A. degree requirements)

    -SOCI 3307-Statisitcs for Behavioral Sciences

    -3-4 hours of an additional course beyond the core curriculum in math (not 1316), natural science or Computer Science

    -3 hours of English Literature (in addition to core curriculum)

     

    Minor

    Still required

     

    Major Component

    Increases from 33 to 40 hours.

     

    Mass Communication core decreases from 15 to 12 hours.

     

    B.A. degree MC core                                               B.S. degree MC core

    MC 1301                                                                    MC 1301

    MC 1313                                                                    MC 1313

    MC Visual Literacy (multiple options)                     MC 4301

    MC 4301                                                                    MC 4382S

    MC 3355 or 4302 or 4310

     

    Major sequences increase from 18 to 28 hours.

     

    Mass Communication-Advertising

    B.A.                                                                             B.S.

    MC 3367                                                                    MC 3367

    MC 3368                                                                    MC 4316G (first offering spring 2013)

    MC 3372                                                                    MC 4316H (first offering spring 2013)

    MC 4317                                                                    MC 3372

    MC 4307                                                                    MC 4307

    1 course from: MC 3373, 3379,                             12 hours of advanced MC electives

    4304, 4316A-Z                                                          1 course from: MC 2111, 4130, 1100A, 1100B

     

    Mass Communication-Electronic Media

    B.A.                                                                             B.S.

    MC 3306                                                                    MC 3306

    MC 3311                                                                    MC 3311

    MC 3312                                                                    MC 3312

    MC 33**/43** (was MC 3374)                                 MC 3394

    MC 3394                                                                    1 course from: MC 3307, 3375, 4356D,  4356I, 4315

    1 course from: MC 3307, 3375, 4357,                  12 hours of advanced MC electives

    4356I, 4315, 4330                                                   1 course from: MC 2111, 4130, 1100A, 1100B



    Mass Communication-Journalism

    B.A.                                                                             B.S.

    MC 3321                                                                    MC 3321

    MC 4321                                                                    MC 4321

    MC 3383                                                                    MC 3383

    MC 3390 or MC 4315                                              MC 3390 or 4315

    MC 4356A-I or MC 4312                                         MC 4386

    MC 33**/43**                                                             12 hours of advanced MC electives

    1 course from: MC 2111, 4130, 1100A, 1100B

    Mass Communication-Public Relations

    B.A.                                                                             B.S.

    MC 3343                                                                    MC 3343

    MC 3360                                                                    MC 3360

    MC 3383                                                                    MC 3383

    MC 3390 or MC 4315                                              MC 4313

    MC 4313                                                                    MC 4320

    MC 4320                                                                    12 hours of advanced MC electives

    1 course from: MC 2111, 4130 1100A, 1100B

     

      B.A. in Mass Communication (General)

     

    Current MC core                                                      New MC core

    MC 1301                                                                    MC 1301

    MC 1313                                                                    MC 1313

    MC Visual Literacy (multiple options)                     MC 4301

    MC 4301                                                                    MC 4382S

    MC 3355 or 4302 or 4310

     

    Old sequence                                                           New Sequence

    MC 3355                                                                    MC 3355

    MC 3360                                                                    MC 3360

    MC 3383                                                                    MC 3383

    MC 4305                                                                    MC 4305

    MC 3 Advanced hours                                             MC visual competency course*

    MC 3 Advanced hours                                             6 hours of advanced MC electives

     

    *MC 3319, 3390, 3311, 4304, 4309, 4315, 4356I

     

  • No.

  • No.

  • The B.S. degree doesn’t require any college-level foreign language for the degree. However, if you did not complete at least two years of the same foreign language in high school you will need to complete the 1410 and 1420 of a college level modern language or show competency through a test to meet general university requirements.

  • Yes, you could minor in a modern language or use the courses to meet any open electives you may need.

  • Yes.

  • Fall 2012 is a transitional semester. These courses will be first offered spring 2013. See your advisor.

     

  • No, they will not be substituted. However, you will notice that the B.S. degree requires 12 advanced hours of MC of your choice. Courses that you may have taken such as MC 3319, MC 3355, MC 4302, etc. for the B.A. could be used to satisfy these B.S. program requirements.

  • Students in the 2011 or older catalog are not required to take MC 4382S. Students in the 2012 catalog will need to take MC 4382S.

  • Yes, as long as you meet course prerequisites. However, you should consult with your advisor and strategically select courses that will help you meet your career goals while at the same time exposing yourself to different mediums and platforms of mass communication to make yourself more marketable.

     

  • We have always encouraged involvement in student media and students attaining experience through internship experiences. These types of activities are the most common way to meet this requirement. There are also two other options noted below as well under MC 1100. In the future we may begin to offer additional MC 1100 suffix courses. If/when these are offered they could also meet this requirement.

    MC 2111-Media Practicum
    Being hired (paid or unpaid) at one of the following working at least 60 hours total for the semester.

    University Star
    KTSW 89.9 FM
    Bobcat Promotions
    Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets

    MC 4130-Internship
    Receiving credit for an (paid or unpaid) internship of at least 100 clock hours.

    MC 1100A-Careers in Media
    Course designed for first year students and others seeking career exploration in the media professions. Next offering spring 2013.

    MC 1100B-Grammar for Journalists
    Course designed for GSP test preparation and to assist any student to become a better writer.

     

     

  • No.

  • No. They are not available yet.

  • An employer isn’t going to care if you earned a B.S. or B.A. degree. What an employer is going to care about is what knowledge and skills you acquired as part of your degree, what experiential experiences (i.e. student media, internships) you completed and how these can benefit the employer.

    In general, our B.S. degree provides more opportunity to acquire additional knowledge and skills in the major than the B.A. degree.   It also allows students the ability to cross-train across multiple media platforms and to some degree create a customized degree.