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Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Mass Communication Major

The Mass Communication major enables students to learn the practical application, structure, processes, aesthetics, responsibilities and effects of the mass media. The objectives of the Mass Communication major are

  • to provide students with appropriate training for careers in mass communication.
  • to help students become more critical consumers of the media.

Mass Communication majors are expected to develop and refine their visual and written skills; to think critically about ways in which the mass media influence society; and, to recognize and appreciate the need for a broad and diverse liberal arts education.

Students who complete the Mass Communication major will have many career options, especially in the broadly defined fields of print and broadcast journalism, new media, advertising, strategic public relations and integrated communications. Majors are expected to learn how the various fields in mass communication are structured and function and to understand how the media are converging and the consequences of that convergence.

Students who complete the Mass Communication major are expected to:

  • understand and apply relevant theories of mass communication
  • understand and utilize research in mass communication
  • understand legal issues, statutes and regulations affecting mass communication
  • understand and apply ethical principles that can be used to prevent and resolve potential conflicts and dilemmas in the operation of the mass media
  • demonstrate proficiency in writing for the mass media
  • demonstrate competence in the student’s chosen track within the major

Degree Requirements

All major requirements must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The Pass (PS) grading option is not available for courses applied to the major. Students must complete at least 18 units of upper-level courses in the major.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Option

Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree by completing the intermediate (202) level of a foreign language.

Requirements for the Major

  1. Mass Communication majors complete 36 units: 9 units in core courses, 6 units in elective courses and 21 units in track courses.Students must fulfill the requirements of one of the following tracks: Journalism and New Media, Advertising, or Strategic Public Relations and Integrated Communication. Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to check all prerequisites before registering for any course.
  2. No more than 6 units of independent study and/or internships can be applied to the Mass Communication major.
  3. Students who wish to double major in Mass Communication and Communication Studies may apply up to 9 units simultaneously for satisfaction of both majors. Students who wish to major in Mass Communication and minor in Communication Studies may apply 6 units simultaneously for satisfaction of both major and minor.
  4. Transfer students are required to take 21 units in residence in their major area. The department will transfer up to 15 credits of compatible transfer courses.

Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies
Media Center, Room 114 (map)
Mailing address: 8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252
Phone: 410-704-3431
Fax: 410-704-3656

Advising and Program Information:

Alumni Matt Markowitz


While a student at Towson, Matt Markowitz interned at 60 Minutes. "It was an incredible experience," he said. "I took classes two days a week and interned in Washington, D.C., three days a week, working 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. I loved it. Read more.




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