The Department of Communication provides students with a versatile, engaged and marketable curriculum. A major in Mass Communication provides students with information and guidance to master the theory and practical applications of mass media in the industry.
Students will think critically and communicate accurately to diverse, global audiences, demonstrate knowledge of theoretical and historical foundations while applying legal, ethical and transparent principles to communication practices. They will evaluate the use of technology to communicate across platforms and apply technology tools to produce content. Students recognize the credible processes involved in research and think critically and communicate accurately to diverse, global audiences while applying legal, ethical and transparent principles to communication practices.
The curriculum covers the use of new technologies and functions that affect how journalism, public relations, advertising, broadcast television and radio, Internet and print media professionals work on a daily basis. Students are encouraged to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world situations such as working with non-profit organizations, campus events, and local businesses.
All students must complete core courses while working towards a degree in Mass Communication.
Students interested in majoring in Mass Communication must complete and earn a “C” or better in each of the following courses:
MATH 1401 – Elementary Statistics
MSCM 2201 – Media Literacy
MSCM 2205 – Professional Media Writing
MSCM 3306 – Mass Communication Theory and Research
Upon completion of these prerequisites, students will then be required to complete and earn a “C” or better in:
- Mass Media Law and Ethics (3 credit hours)
- Four skills courses (12 credit hours)
- Two convergent electives (6 credit hours)
- Two cognate courses (6 credit hours)
- Two on-campus practicums (2 credit hours)
- Senior Career Development (1 credit hours)
- Senior Capstone course (3 credit hours)
- Off-campus Internship (3 credit hours)
Students who are found guilty of misconduct at any university level, including but not limited to cheating or plagiarism, will not be allowed to remain in the major.
The Department of Communication Research Laboratory is designed to simulate a living room environment. The lab is equipped with the latest in mobile eye-tracking technology, which is used by faculty and students to conduct studies on a variety of communication messages including advertisements, news broadcasts, and video content. Students and faculty work together to design, conduct, and write-up research studies for presentations at various conferences, as well as publications. Past work has been presented at the Georgia College annual undergraduate research conference, and the annual Georgia Communication Association conference. In addition, students who complete a research project are encouraged to submit their work to Georgia College’s undergraduate research journal, The Corinthian.