B.S. Mass Communications - Journalism

The Journalism concentration prepares students with the skills and knowledge that journalists need to ethically report on stories and craft them into compelling pieces.  Students learn how to report stories using multiple platforms including print, radio, TV and the Web. Not only are the essentials of interviewing, investigating and reporting taught, but students will also learn the skills to capture and edit audio and video. As an integral part of the journalism concentration students will receive hands-on experience interviewing community leaders and writing articles for the online campus newspaper, The Spectator. WHSN 89.3-FM, our television newscast, the NESCom Connection, and the NESCom Broadcast Network offer more opportunities to write, report, produce and anchor news. It is built on the goal of educating professional multi-media journalists.

Upon completing the Journalism degree program students will be able to:

1 - Ethics - Students will apply industry-wide legal and ethical standards for journalism.

2 - Technical Skills - Students will demonstrate the fundamentals of technology appropriate to the platform exemplifying quality journalism.

3 - News Reporting & Writing - Students will gather information, write, edit, and articulate news stories for truth, fairness, grammar, style, mechanics and structure across multiple platforms

4 - Critical Thinking - Students will evaluate news, sports or feature stories for accuracy, fairness, clarity, style and grammar.

5 - Contemporary Issues - Students will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary news media issues, current events and issues facing journalists.

General Education Requirements:
EH 105College Writing3
CM 200Interpersonal Communication3
HE 111The Husson Experience 1
HY 213State and Local Government3
MC 101Introduction to Mass Communications3
MC 400Ethics in Media3
SC 101Introduction to Nutrition3
or SC 167 Energy and Society
VF 245Photography I3
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3
Literature Elective3
Math I Elective4
Math II Elective3
Philosophical Elective3
Psychological or Sociological Elective3
NESCom Core Classes
GV 245Graphic Design I 3
IT 121Computer Applications for Digital Media3
MC 301Career Preparation1
VF 100Intro to Video Production3
AE/GV/IT/MC/VF/XR Elective3
Journalism concentration requirements
CM 100Speech3
CM 221Professional Communications3
MC 114Intro to News Reporting3
MC 115Radio News Writing and Reporting3
MC 217TV News Writing & Reporting3
MC 218Introduction to Podcasting3
MC 223Reporting and Writing for Web and Print 3
MC 235Web Reporting3
MC 314Cross Cultural Communication3
MC 324Professional Blogging3
MC 347Photojournalism3
MC 360Reporting and Producing TV News3
MC 438Producing and Hosting a Public Affairs Show 3
MC 330Mass Communications Internship ( or AE,BA,GV,IT,MC,SM,VF Elective) 3
MK 322Social Media Marketing 3
ELECTIVES
Open Elective21
Total Hours120

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EH 1053CM 1003
HE 1111MC 1153
IT 1213VF 1003
MC 1013Math I Elective4
MC 1143Open Elective3
 13 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CM 2003MC 2353
MC 2233VF 2453
AE/GV/IT/MC/VF/XR Elective3Literature Elective3
Math II Elective3Philosophical Elective3
Psychological/Sociological Elective3Open Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HY 2133MC 2183
MC 2173MC 3243
MC 3143MC 3603
MK 3223SC 101 or 167 3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MC 3011CM 2213
MC 3473GV 2453
MC 4003MC 330 or ( or AE/BA/GV/IT,MC,SM,VF elective) 3
MC 4383Open Elective3
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3Open Elective3
Open Elective3 
 16 15
Total Hours: 120