Changes in the media world have shown that journalism students need training beyond the concentration of writing and reporting. The Bismarck State College Mass Communication program offers video and audio broadcast, as well as publishing and digital elements.
The degree plan provides background in the journalism/mass communication profession and conveys the importance and responsibility of presenting accurate information in the media. Courses cover ethical writing skills, print publication, web publication, news photography, and audio-video production.
The program offers hands-on professional experience working on BSC’s student print and online news magazine The Mystician, the student broadcast production MystiCast, the student radio station The MYX, and the student literary arts magazine Figments of Imagination.
Journalism scholarships are available. Scholarship recipients act as leads for the student newspaper, literary magazine, and the video and radio broadcasts.
Students planning to study Mass Communication should have an interest in writing and the ability to communicate information obtained by observation and interview. Potential students should have curiosity about their world, an eye for detail and a desire to learn by reading and talking to others. A background in writing, technology, business, and political science can be helpful. Experience with publications or broadcast is also beneficial.
Students who complete the curriculum requirements can earn a transfer degree, a technical degree, or graduate with both degrees.
Transfer – Associate in Arts
Students earning this degree will complete general courses with a focus on communications classes as electives.
Technical – Associate in Applied Science
In this two-year program, students take core communications courses and can choose one focus area to specialize. Focus areas are Writing and Reporting, Media Production, Publication and Web Design, and Public Relations and Marketing.
Those transferring to other institutions, or earning both transfer and technical degrees, should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.
Careers in mass communication are diverse, and graduates will find employment in a variety of areas including print, broadcast and electronic media, advertising, public relations, government agencies and the energy industry.
Career Possibilities: Journalist, editor, correspondent, media specialist, news analyst, news director, broadcast producer, photographer, videographer, audio-video technician, web/technical writer, media personality.
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