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Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Mass Communication Major

Journalism and New Media Track

To begin this track, students should enroll in MCOM 257 Journalism/New Media I.

Required Courses for all three tracks in the major (9 units)
MCOM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
MCOM 390 Mass Communication Research 3
MCOM 350 or MCOM 433 Media Law or
Media Ethics
Journalism and New Media Track
Required Basic Courses (21 units)  
MCOM 257 Journalism/New Media I
MCOM 258

Journalism/New Media II

MCOM 341

Digital Publishing

MCOM 356

Feature Writing
MCOM 356 Feature Writing meets the University Core requirement (Core 9)

MCOM 358

News Editing

MCOM 383

News Reporting

MCOM 407

Multimedia Reporting Capstone

Electives for All Three Tracks in the Major (6 units)
Choose a minimum of two courses from the list below or any courses not already chosen in the student's own track. Any additional units beyond six will be counted toward 120 units required for graduation. If non-MCOM courses are chosen from this list, only one course may count toward MCOM major. Students need to fulfill course prerequisites in advance of taking these courses. 6
MCOM 333

Social Media and Strategic Communication (3)

MCOM 352

Media Criticism (3)

MCOM 359

Magazine Publishing (3)

MCOM 381

Broadcast Journalism I (3)

MCOM 385

Mass Media and Society (3)

MCOM 388

Cyberspace and Communication (3)

MCOM 391

Photojournalism I (3)

MCOM 402

Sports Writing (3)

MCOM 409

Literary Journalism (3)

MCOM 411

Communication Process (3)

MCOM 415

Mass Media Graphics (3)

MCOM 431

Public Opinion and the Press (3)

MCOM 457

Photojournalism II (3)

MCOM 460

Internship in Advertising and Public Relations (1–3)*

MCOM 461

Internship in Journalism and New Media (1–3)*

MCOM 477

Special Topics in Journalism (3)

MCOM 478

Special Topics in Advertising and Public Relations (3)

MCOM 479

Special Topics in Mass Communication (3)

MCOM 481

Broadcast Journalism II (3)

MCOM 496

Independent Study in Mass Communication (1–3)*

Non-MCOM courses  
COMM 304

Persuasion (3)

COMM 315

Business and Professional Communication (3)

COMM 377

Intercultural Communication (3)

EMF 221

Principles of Film and Media Production (3)

IDFA 480

Topics in Arts, Media, Communication and Social Action (3)

Total Units 36

*Internships and independent studies must be approved by the department before registration. See the department website for the approval process. No more than 6 units of independent studies and/or internships can be applied to the Mass Communication major.

Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies
Media Center, Room 114 (map)
Mailing address: 8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252
Phone: 410-704-3431
Fax: 410-704-3656

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