Bachelor in Mass Communication

Start your career in this tech-savvy industry and help share the world of tomorrow! 

Communications shape the way people view and interact with the world around them. With a degree in Mass Communication from Frostburg State University, you can build your career in this thriving and dynamic world and make the future as bright as you can imagine it to be. FSU’s Mass Communications students grow into thoughtful, skilled professionals ready to bridge the gap between people and information to bring clarity and understanding wherever they work. FSU’s emphasis on experiential learning and seeing the bigger picture will help you practice what you’ve learned. From radio and film production to web design and events promotion, the Mass Communications department at Frostburg has something for everyone.

  • Choose from nine professional focus topics, which include Audio/video production, Radio industry, Media management, Multimedia design, Events planning, Web management and Media promotions.
  • Enter a program with a flourishing alumni body that includes Emmy-winning producer Greg Garcia! Other Mass Communication graduates have found homes with National Geographic, Universal Studios, Under Armour, SiriusXM and TV stations like BET, MTV and BBC.

Mass Communication Highlights 

  • Explore the world of radio and create your own show on XFSR, Frostburg’s student-run intranet radio station. FSU is also home to NPR-affiliate 91.9 WFWM.
  • Meet your Mass Communication peers in one of the largest, most popular majors on campus while still enjoying a small classroom environment. Hands-on, experiential skill classes typically have 15 students or less, and lecture classes rarely have more than 25 students enrolled.
  • Take part in the Annual Frosty Awards Show, which showcases creative student media projects.
  • Become involved with FSU-TV3, Frostburg’s student-run, 24/7 educational channel available on campus and in homes around the Frostburg area. Step into the studio and start gaining experience in front of the cameras or behind the scenes.
  • Work with state-of-the-art equipment and technology suites, including the new FSU-TV3 and WFWM studios, housed in the Center for Communication and Information Technology.
  • Share your world as a writer for The Bottom Line, FSU’s student newspaper. Be a part of breaking news on campus or start your own special interest column, and see your work published both online and in print.
  • Take your pick from a wide variety of internship options and abundant sources of support both before and during your real-world experience.
  • Make the most of your time as a student with a federal work-study, offered through numerous positions within the Mass Communications department.

About Our Mass Communication Faculty: 

  • Get to know a faculty advisor assigned specifically to you based on matching interests and compatibility, who will also likely teach several of your classes.
  • Learn from faculty who are professionals in their fields, coming to Frostburg with years of experience in radio, studio recording, videography, game show hosting and documentary film editing and production.

Sample Mass Communication Courses: 

Intro to Mass Communication Research Methods – Introduction to methods employed in both theoretical and applied research in Mass Communication. Basic assumptions, strengths, weaknesses in quantitative, qualitative, historical, critical cultural methods. Application of methods in theory development and industry decisions.

Writing for Electronic Media – Fundamentals of media and multi-media writing; vocabulary, syntax, organizing ideas according to industry needs. Sound message versus print message; print versus electronic writing.

Mass Communication Theory – Theories of the process of mass communication, how media affect society, the evolution within a social and cultural context, ethical and social dimensions. Extensive reading in theory, history and research.

Electronic Media Aesthetics and Criticism – Study of the aesthetic principles guiding development of electronic media products. Examination of approaches to analyzing and critiquing media products. Critical viewing and analysis of media texts. Emphasis on aural and visual media: radio, television and film.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Mass Communication program

Career Outlook for Mass Communication professionals 

Graduates of FSU’s Mass Communications program enjoy a huge variety of options within communications careers and a skill set that translates well into almost any field. The job market holds the best prospects for graduates with experience, who have honed their skills with internships, school newspapers or work in a TV or radio studio, all of which are options at FSU. Movement within the industry towards electronic formats places greater value on experience with web design and multimedia work. For more information, visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/home.htm

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