B.S. Mass Communications - Sports Journalism

The Sports Journalism concentration prepares students to become a multi-media sports journalist. Students learn how to write and relate information for multiple platforms including print, radio, TV and the Web. Students gain hands-on experience reporting sports news, conducting interviews and providing play-by-play along with commentary. Depending on the semester, students work live on the campus radio station WHSN 89.3-FM, the NESCom Broadcast Network, the student run online newspaper, The Spectator or the television productions the NESCom Connection and The Locker Room. Students will learn about careers as a sports producer and/or podcaster. Students will also learn about sports information not only studying this career for a full semester, but also participating in a program much like an internship beginning their very first week of school.

Upon completing the Sports 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:
CM 200Interpersonal Communication3
EH 105College Writing3
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
Sports Journalism concentration requirements
CM 100Speech3
MC 114Intro to News Reporting3
MC 115Radio News Writing and Reporting3
MC 127Intro to Sports Journalism3
MC 217TV News Writing & Reporting3
MC 218Introduction to Podcasting3
MC 223Reporting and Writing for Web and Print 3
MC 227Sports Journalism II3
MC 235Web Reporting3
MC 255Sports Play-by-Play3
MC 314Cross Cultural Communication3
MC 347Photojournalism3
MC 324Professional Blogging3
MC 328Sports Information3
MC 360Reporting and Producing TV News3
MC 438Producing and Hosting a Public Affairs Show3
MC 330Mass Communications Internship ( or AE, BA, GV, IT, MC, SM, VF Elective)3-9
MK 322Social Media Marketing 3
ELECTIVES
Open Electives12
Total Hours120-126

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EH 1053CM 1003
HE 1111MC 1153
MC 1013MC 2273
MC 1143VF 1003
MC 1273Math I Elective4
 13 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CM 2003IT 1213
MC 2233MC 2353
Math II Elective3VF 2453
Psychological/Sociological Elective3Literature Elective3
AE/GV/IT/MC/VF/XR Elective3Philosophical Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HY 2133MC 2183
MC 2173MC 3243
MC 2553MC 3283
MC 3143MC 3603
MK 3223SC 101 or 1673
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MC 3011GV 2453
MC 3473MC 330 ( or AE,BA,GV,IT,MC,SM,VF elective)3-9
MC 4003Open Elective 3
MC 4383Open Elective 3
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3Open Elective 3
Open Electives3 
 16 15-21
Total Hours: 120-126