Mass Communication

Mass Communication students examine how humans create messages using electronic symbols and spread these messages to a large, scattered, heterogeneous audience. By applying this definition of Mass Communication  to their coursework, SJC’s Mass Communication students are given the fundamentals to critically assess and evaluate today‘s media environment.

DEPARTMENT

AVAILABLE DEGREES

BS in Mass Communication (4 year)

Also available as a minor

Why Mass Communication?

  • 1A degree in Mass Communication will open multiple career paths for you. For example, many Mass Communication majors pursue positions in management, marketing, public relations, banking, teaching, and the entertainment industry, to name a few.
  • 2Communication skills are the number one attribute employers look for in an employee. As a Mass Communication student, you will learn how to communicate with large groups of people who have different backgrounds through both digital media and text.
  • 3Journalism and digital media are among the most important and reliable forms of communication in the 21st century. Through research, writing, and broadcasting, those who work in the field of Mass Communication are responsible for keeping the world informed.

Careers in Mass Communication

  • Advertising Executive
  • Agent
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Market Researcher
  • Marketing Executive
  • Radio/Television Producer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Northwestern University
  • Indiana University
  • New York University
  • DePaul University
  • Wayne State University

Why Study Mass Communication at Saint Joseph's College?

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When studying Mass Communication at SJC, you will acquire audio and video production skills and explore many topics, such as media sales, broadcast management, ethics in media, and broadcast journalism. In addition to contributing to a solid liberal arts education, the major provides abilities crucial to personal and professional success.

Hands-on Experience

SJC’s Department of Communication offers students multiple opportunities for hands-on experience. For example, many of our Mass Communication students gain experience by getting involved with WPUM-TV, our campus television station, as reporters, producers, directors, and crew members. Students also work as newscasters, sports announcers, and DJs for 93.3 the Joe, our campus radio station. Performance Scholarships of $2,000 are available for those who participate in our TV and radio programs.

Students also gain practical, hands-on experience in class. For example, students travel to Los Angeles when they take MC 359: Hollywood Workshop, a course that focuses on the film and television industry. Students spend a week in LA and visit studios, audio and video post-production houses, meet with alumni, and tour the city. Students learn about the production processes and apply their knowledge in projects back on campus.  

The Department of Communication has also found success through internships. Mass Communication students have interned with radio and TV stations in Chicago (WBBM-CBS 2), Los Angeles, Detroit, Indianapolis (Fox 59), South Bend, Lafayette (WLFI-TV 18), and Logansport.

Dedication to Excellence

In order to ensure that our Mass Communication students are ready to enter the workforce after graduation, our radio and television studios have professional broadcast-quality equipment that is available to students during all four years of their education.

Faculty and Class Size

Professors in the Department of Communication each have a master's degree in their field of expertise, in addition to extensive experience from states all over the country. Class sizes range between 10 and 25 students.

Photo | Cameron Cullers '11

Cameron Cullers '11

Since graduation, Cameron has worked in the film industry with Christian Slater, Andy Dick, and Crispin Glover. He is attending graduate school at Wayne State University, studying Educational Leadership.

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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.