Mass Media

Major(s)

Mass Media (Non-Comprehensive) (BA)

Bachelor of Arts

Departmental admission requirements

All students majoring in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film (except for those seeking a major in Electronic Arts) must satisfy the following requirements before they can be admitted to the program. (In most cases, these requirements should be met by the time the student has completed 75 hours of coursework.)

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  2. Have a combined grade point average (Missouri State and transfer) of 2.30 or higher.
  3. Complete COM 115 and ENG 110.
  4. Complete the following departmental preadmission core courses and the appropriate major-specific course with at least a C- in each of these courses.
    1. Departmental preadmission core: MED 120(3), 130(3), 220(3)
    2. Required major-specific course:
      Journalism major - JRN 270(3)
      Non-Comprehensive Mass Media major - MED 274(3)
      Comprehensive Mass Media major - MED 365(3)
  5. Achieve a combined GPA of 2.70 or higher across any three of the four preadmission courses (MED 120(3), MED 130(3), MED 220(3), and the appropriate major-specific course). To achieve the 2.70 GPA, a student may retake any of these courses only once and may retake no more than two of these courses.
  6. Submit application for admission and receive approval by faculty advisor and Head of the Department of Media, Journalism & Film.

Restriction

Departmental majors may not take a second major within the department.

Specific admission requirements

A student must achieve a combined GPA of 2.70 or higher across any three of the four preadmission courses [MED 120(3), MED 130(3), MED 220(3) and MED 274(3)] along with a combined GPA of 2.30 or higher to be admitted to this major.

Program requirements

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    Specific General Education Requirement: MED 120(3)
  2. Major Requirements (39 hours)
    1. Departmental Preadmission Core: MED 130(3), 220(3)
    2. Departmental Required Courses: MED 304(3), 581(3); JRN 407(3)
    3. Mass Media (Non-Comprehensive) Core: MED 274(3), 454(3)
    4. Theory/Critical: Select 6 hours from MED 320(3), 355(3), 570(3), 580(3)
    5. History: Select 6 hours from MED 325(3), 374(3), 375(3)
    6. Writing: Select 3 hours from MED 360(3), 463(3), 464(3)
    7. Applied: Select 3 hours from MED 290(3), 365(3), 595(1-6)
    8. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MED 581(3).

      Note: When applicable, MED 300(1-6) Special Topics in Media, MED 470(1-6) Advanced Topics in Film, MED 492(1-6) Independent Study in Electronic Media, and MED 597 Advanced Studies in Media may be used in category, with advisor approval. When applicable, no more than two courses from other departments may be substituted for the optional courses, with advisor approval.
  3. Minor Required. Note: No course may count for both the Mass Media major and the minor.
  4. Specific Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
  5. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Mass Media (Non-Comprehensive) (BS)

Bachelor of Science

Departmental admission requirements

All students majoring in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film (except for those seeking a major in Electronic Arts) must satisfy the following requirements before they can be admitted to the program. (In most cases, these requirements should be met by the time the student has completed 75 hours of coursework.)

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  2. Have a combined grade point average (Missouri State and transfer) of 2.30 or higher.
  3. Complete COM 115 and ENG 110.
  4. Complete the following departmental preadmission core courses and the appropriate major-specific course with at least a C- in each of these courses.
    1. Departmental preadmission core: MED 120(3), 130(3), 220(3)
    2. Required major-specific course:
      Journalism major - JRN 270(3)
      Non-Comprehensive Mass Media major - MED 274(3)
      Comprehensive Mass Media major - MED 365(3)
  5. Achieve a combined GPA of 2.70 or higher across any three of the four preadmission courses (MED 120(3), MED 130(3), MED 220(3), and the appropriate major-specific course). To achieve the 2.70 GPA, a student may retake any of these courses only once and may retake no more than two of these courses.
  6. Submit application for admission and receive approval by faculty advisor and Head of the Department of Media, Journalism & Film.

Restriction

Departmental majors may not take a second major within the department.

Specific admission requirements

A student must achieve a combined GPA of 2.70 or higher across any three of the four preadmission courses [MED 120(3), MED 130(3), MED 220(3) and MED 274(3)] along with a combined GPA of 2.30 or higher to be admitted to this major.

Program requirements

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    Specific General Education Requirement: MED 120(3)
  2. Major Requirements (39 hours)
    1. Departmental Preadmission Core: MED 130(3), 220(3)
    2. Departmental Required Courses: MED 304(3), 581(3); JRN 407(3)
    3. Mass Media (Non-Comprehensive) Core: MED 274(3), 454(3)
    4. Theory/Critical: Select 6 hours from MED 320(3), 355(3), 570(3), 580(3)
    5. History: Select 6 hours from MED 325(3), 374(3), 375(3)
    6. Writing: Select 3 hours from MED 360(3), 463(3), 464(3)
    7. Applied: Select 3 hours from MED 290(3), 365(3), 595(1-6)
    8. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MED 581(3).

      Note: When applicable, MED 300(1-6) Special Topics in Media, MED 470(1-6) Advanced Topics in Film, MED 492(1-6) Independent Study in Electronic Media, and MED 597 Advanced Studies in Media may be used in category, with advisor approval. When applicable, no more than two courses from other departments may be substituted for the optional courses, with advisor approval.
  3. Minor Required. Note: No course may count for both the Mass Media major and the minor.
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Mass Media (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Departmental admission requirements

All students majoring in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film (except for those seeking a major in Electronic Arts) must satisfy the following requirements before they can be admitted to the program. (In most cases, these requirements should be met by the time the student has completed 75 hours of coursework.)

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  2. Have a combined grade point average (Missouri State and transfer) of 2.30 or higher.
  3. Complete COM 115 and ENG 110.
  4. Complete the following departmental preadmission core courses and the appropriate major-specific course with at least a C- in each of these courses.
    1. Departmental preadmission core: MED 120(3), 130(3), 220(3)
    2. Required major-specific course:
      Journalism major - JRN 270(3)
      Non-Comprehensive Mass Media major - MED 274(3)
      Comprehensive Mass Media major - MED 365(3)
  5. Achieve a combined GPA of 2.70 or higher across any three of the four preadmission courses (MED 120(3), MED 130(3), MED 220(3), and the appropriate major-specific course). To achieve the 2.70 GPA, a student may retake any of these courses only once and may retake no more than two of these courses.
  6. Submit application for admission and receive approval by faculty advisor and Head of the Department of Media, Journalism & Film.

Restriction

Departmental majors may not take a second major within the department.

Specific admission requirements

A student must achieve a combined GPA of 2.70 or higher across any three of the four preadmission courses [MED 120(3), MED 130(3), MED 220(3) and MED 365(3)] along with a combined GPA of 2.30 or higher to be admitted to this major.

Program requirements

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    Specific General Education Requirement: MED 120(3)
  2. Major Requirements (60 hours)
    1. Departmental Preadmission Core: MED 130(3), 220(3)
    2. Departmental Required Courses: MED 304(3), 581(3); JRN 407(3)
    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MED 581(3).
    4. General Mass Media Courses:
      1. MED 274(3), 454(3)
      2. Theory: Select 3 hours from MED 355(3), 570(3)
      3. History: Select 3 hours from MED 325(3), 374(3), 375(3) 
    5. Digital Film and Television Production Courses:
      1. Beginning Production: MED 365(3)
      2. Screenwriting: MED 360(3); select 3 hours from MED 464(3), 565(3), 566(3)
      3. Audio Production: Select 3 hours from MED 361(3), 382(3), 461(3)
      4. Editing: MED 461(3) or 466(3)
      5. Intermediate Production: Select 9 hours from MED 383(3), 462(3), 465(3), 466(3), 472(3), 483(3)
      6. Capstone Production: Select 3 hours from MED 561(3), 562(3), 583(3) 
      7. Electives: Select 6 hours from MED 300470492595, 597 or any JRN or MED courses.
    6. No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement within the Mass Media major.
  3. Note: Students majoring in Mass Media (Comprehensive) cannot also complete a minor in Mass Media. They may select, as an optional minor, Film Studies, Journalism, Screenwriting or any other BS minor. No more than 6 hours may count toward both the Mass Media major and any minor.
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Minor(s)

Mass Media

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
  1. MED 120(3), 454(3)
  2. 12 hours of MED electives (6 hours must be numbered 300 or higher) to bring total hours in minor to at least 18 hours. Note: Students majoring in Journalism must complete an additional three hours of media electives since MED 120 is required to complete this major and no course may count toward both the major and a minor.

Accelerated graduate program in Communication

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Communication program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 10 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.