Students must earn at least 72 credits in courses outside mass communications. In addition, students must earn a total of 45 credits in classes at the 300-level and above, including upper-level mass communications course work. To graduate from the mass communications program, students must have a cumulative and major GPA of 2.5 and must earn a minimum grade of C in their senior-level capstone courses. The mass communications curriculum includes the foundation and specific sequences.
Foundation course work for journalism students
To enroll in MASC 203, students must receive departmental permission.
Admittance to a concentration in the School of Mass Communications is contingent on meeting the following requirements: an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 in all courses and completion of the required mass communications foundation courses. Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis but generally will be required to meet the prerequisites for admission to the major concentration during the second semester they are enrolled at VCU.
Certification of these requirements must accompany a formal petition for admission to a concentration. At this time, the student must select one of the school’s concentrations: advertising, journalism or public relations. Students selecting the journalism concentration must choose either the journalism/broadcast or the journalism/ print-online concentration.
To enroll in a mass communications course, majors must have earned a minimum grade of C in all courses prerequisite for that course.
The School of Mass Communications offers a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with concentrations in one of three areas: advertising, journalism or public relations. The journalism concentration provides students with the skills and practice necessary for careers in the news media.
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
|General Education requirements (32-46 credits)||Credits|
|University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)|
|UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I||3|
|UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II||3|
|UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument||3|
|Approved humanities/fine arts||3|
|Approved natural/physical sciences||3-4|
|Approved quantitative literacy||3-4|
|Approved social/behavioral sciences||3-4|
|Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)|
|HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society||1|
|Approved H&S diverse and global communities||3|
|Approved H&S general education electives||6-8|
|Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)|
|Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)|
|Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)|
|Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts)||1-3|
|Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement)||0-8|
|Collateral requirements (24 credits)|
|ECON 203 Introduction to Economics (completion of both ECON 210 and ECON 211 Economic Principles satisfies this requirement)||3|
|HIST 103 and HIST 104 Survey of American History||6|
|POLI 103 U.S. Government (fulfills approved human, social and political behavior)||3|
|STAT 208 Statistical Thinking or STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics (fulfills University Core quantitative literacy)||3|
|POLI or URSP course (300-level or above)||3|
|History course (300-level or above)||3|
|Literature course (300-level or above) except ENGL/TEDU 386 Children’s Literature I or ENGL 387 Literature for Adolescents||3|
|Major requirements (36 credits)|
|MASC 101 Mass Communications||3|
|MASC 203 Journalism Writing||3|
|MASC 301 Graphics for Journalism||3|
|MASC 303 Reporting for Print and Web||3|
|MASC 305 Copy Editing||3|
|MASC 361 History and Development of Journalism||3|
|MASC 363 Introduction to Broadcast Writing||3|
|MASC 367 Audio and Video Journalism||3|
|MASC 408 Communications Ethics and Law||3|
|MASC 493 Fieldwork/Internship||3|
|Capstone courses (choose two)||6|
|MASC 403 Advanced Reporting|
|MASC 404 Specialized Project Reporting|
|MASC 475 Capital News Service|
|MASC 496 Mobile and Social Media Journalism|
|Note: These capstone courses may not be taken simultaneously without permission from the instructor.|
|Open electives (14-28 credits)|
|Total minimum requirement||120|
Last update: 7/3/2013
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