Mass Communication

Program Description

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.

Preparation

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.

Program Requirements

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 one of these degrees 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 then 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Contact

Karen Bauer • Armory 123
701-224-5522

Karen.Bauer@bismarckstate.edu

Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits71-74
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterCredits
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3-4
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Mass Communication Electives  
Select 5 credits from the Mass Communication Electives course list below. 5
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher, except MATH 137) 3-4
Social & Behavioral Science 1  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Credits17-19
Spring Semester
Arts & Humanities 2  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3-4
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II (Recommended)  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Mass Communication Electives  
Select 5 credits from the Mass Communication Electives course list below. 5
Math, Science & Technology  
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective) 4
 Credits18-19
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Arts & Humanities 2  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Enrichment  
Most COMM electives will satisfy Enrichment requirement. Check with your advisor.  
Mass Communication Electives  
Select 12 credits from the Mass Communication Electives course list below. 12
Social & Behavioral Sciences 1  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
Enrichment  
Most COMM electives will satisfy Enrichment requirement. Check with your advisor.  
Mass Communication Electives  
Select 12 credits from the Mass Communication Electives course list below. 12
Math, Science & Technology  
Needed if 9 credits for Math, Science and Technology have not been met  
General Education Matrix (Math, Science & Technology courses) 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences 1  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Credits18
 Total Credits71-74
Mass Communication Electives
ART 124Three-Dimensional Design (Spring only)3
BADM 201Principles of Marketing3
BADM 210Advertising I3
COMM 112Understanding Media and Social Change3
COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing (Fall only)3
COMM 201Interpretive and Opinion Writing3
COMM 218Public Relations Principles (Spring only)3
COMM 222Voice and Diction (Spring only)3
COMM 240Introduction to News Photography3
COMM 244Reporting and Feature Writing (Spring only)3
COMM 270Basic Video Production (Fall only)3
COMM 272Advanced Video Production (Spring only)3
COMM 281Reporting and Editing: Mystician (Repeatable)1
COMM 283Video Lab: MystiCast (Repeatable)1
COMM 284Radio Lab: The MYX (Repeatable)1
COMM 285Communication Arts Lab (Repeatable)1
ENGL 205English Usage I (Fall only)2
ENGL 206English Usage II (Spring only)2
ENGL 213Literary Publications (Spring only)3
PHIL 210Ethics3