Online Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication & Media Studies
Discover how the media impacts society in this online mass communication degree. You’ll explore global mass communication issues from all dimensions: societal, cultural, historical, political, economic, ethical, technological and legal.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 41
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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Why earn a mass communication degree?
The online Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and media studies program provides you with a sophisticated understanding of mass communication. This program is designed to give you a deep and nuanced understanding of the growing importance, power, influence and changing nature of media in the world. You’ll examine a variety of media and communication subjects including the history of mass communication, social media and political communication and more.
What is mass communication?
Mass communication is the sharing of information with large groups of people through channels such as print, television, digital or broadcast media. By studying mass communication and media, you’ll learn how information influences the behavior, attitudes and opinions of individuals within society. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how people understand and experience mass media as well as the role the media can play in shaping different cultures.
The online mass communication and media studies degree is ideal for learners interested in the theories and systems critical to fields such as advertising, marketing, politics and public relations. If you plan to pursue a career within broadcast journalism, you’ll need additional coursework in reporting, writing and journalism.
Mass communication and media classes
You’ll complete courses in media and society and work to develop your literacy and critical inquiry skills. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a variety of topics based on your interests, including media issues in American pop culture; social media; digital media literacy; race, gender and media; and much more.
MCO 120: Media and Society (SB)
What can you do with a mass communication and media studies degree?
Graduates with an online Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and media studies can expect to find exciting and fast-paced careers across a variety of fields, including advertising, marketing, writing, editing, public relations and media production.
Apply to earn your communication and media studies degree
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a leading journalism school in the U.S. For over 15 years, we have earned the best record in the Society of Professional Journalists' national "Mark of Excellence" competition. We reign first in the nation for record-breaking Hearst Journalism Awards and have the best record of any journalism school for the international Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for reporting on social justice issues.
student journalism awards.
media partnerships (beyond internships).