Online Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies
Discover how the media impacts society with Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and media studies. Throughout this program, you’ll explore global mass communication issues from all dimensions, including societal, cultural, historical, political, economic, ethical, technological and legal.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 41
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is mass communication?
Mass communication is the sharing of information with large groups of people through various channels, such as print, television, digital or broadcast media. As a mass communication major, you’ll learn how information influences the behavior, attitudes and opinions of individuals within society. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how people experience mass media, as well as the role the media can play in shaping different cultures.
Is becoming a mass communication major right for you?
We all consume media of some kind and every business has an interest in telling its own story. If you’re interested in how various forms of media influence our daily lives and how advertising, marketing, politics and public relations industries communicate with the masses, this program may be a great fit for you.
It’s important to note that if you plan on pursuing a career in broadcast journalism, you’ll need additional coursework in reporting, writing and journalism. While this program explores the theoretical aspect of mass communication, you won’t receive production-based learning within your courses.
What you’ll learn in a mass communication and media studies program
This program provides you with a sophisticated understanding of mass communication and its impact on society. You’ll examine a variety of media and communication subjects including the history of mass communication, social media, pop culture, political communication and more. Upon completion, you’ll have a deep and nuanced understanding of the growing importance, power, influence and changing nature of media in the world.
Mass communication and media classes
As a mass communication major, you’ll explore a variety of topics based on your interests, including media issues in American pop culture, social media, race and gender, digital media literacy and more. These media and society courses work to develop your literacy and critical inquiry skills and prepare you for a variety of careers in the mass communication and media industry.
MCO 120: Media and Society (SB)
MCO 120: Media and Society (SB)
What can you do with a mass communication and media studies degree?
Upon graduation, you can expect to find exciting and fast-paced careers across a variety of fields, including advertising, marketing, writing, editing, public relations and media production. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
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).
Study at our award-winning journalism school
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a leading journalism school in the U.S. For more than 15 years, its students have won more awards in the Society of Professional Journalists national “Mark of Excellence” competition than any other university. Student reporting projects on social justice issues have won five Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards – the most of any journalism school in the country. The Cronkite School regularly ranks in the top five journalism schools in the country for broadcasting, photojournalism and strategic communications awards.
student journalism awards.