Bachelor in Mass Communication

Start your career in this tech-savvy industry

Media shapes 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 industry kick starting your creative energy and storytelling talents into high gear.

Join 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.

Grow into a thoughtful, skilled professional ready to bridge the gap between people and information wherever you work. From radio and film production to web design and events promotion, you'll develop, share, and evaluate effective messaging to large, targeted audiences.

What you will study

The Mass Communication curriculum is comprised of 120 credits (3 cr. per course) including four areas of requirements:

  1. Core Courses (30-42 credits): a broad foundation for understanding all communication and media disciplines required of all students in the Mass Communication program
  2. Professional Focus (12-18 credits): complete one of the focus groupings listed below OR one of the following minors: Communication Studies, Graphic Design, Journalism, Leadership Studies, Marketing or Public Relations.
    • Video Production
    • Audio/Video Production
    • Audio Industry
    • Media Management
    • Events Planning
    • Media Promotions
  3. General education courses (40 credits minimum): foundational studies required of all students that make up a liberal arts education – e.g. writing, humanities, math and sciences (required of all University students pursuing a bachelor's degree)
  4. Free electives (approx. 36 credits): exploration of additional areas of interest

Like all Mass Communication students at Frostburg, you will complete a practicum or internship in which you'll take what you learn in the classroom and apply it in a real-world organization. Not only does this boost your resume with real-world experience, but you'll learn from people already in the field.

Enrichment Opportunities

In addition to coursework, you'll have a variety of ways to practice your knowledge and skills enriching your FSU experience.

  • Step into the studio and start gaining experience in front of the cameras or behind the scenes with FSU-TV3, Frostburg’s student-run, 24/7 educational channel available on campus and in homes around the Frostburg area.

  • 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.
  • Take part in the Annual Frosty Awards Show, which showcases creative student media projects.

  • Share breaking news on campus or start your own special interest column writing for The Bottom Line, FSU’s student newspaper.

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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 the US BLS Occupational Handbook.

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