Department of Mass Communication

The Mass Communication Department at North Greenville University seeks to provide quality higher education programs in broadcast media, media ministry, and print media within the context of Christian philosophy and values.  High academic standards, practical skills, and strong ethical values are emphasized.

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Academic Information

Students who earn a degree from the Mass Communication Department should be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellence in knowledge and skills that will meet the demands of graduate schools or the professional world;
  • A broad knowledge and understanding of current events;
  • The ability to think clearly and analytically;
  • The accurate use of the English language;
  • Effective cognition of mass communicationís history, its role in America and the world today;
  • Positive attitudes toward work; and
  • Strong spiritual, moral and ethical values with a commitment to uphold such values in the world of professional communication.

This course of study within a liberal arts curriculum is designed to lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree in three majors:

Practical experience is provided through the departmentís student-operated radio station, video productions, TV station, newspaper (print and online), and yearbook.

Successful completion of MCOM 4390 (Mass Media Internship) is required for all Mass Communication students.

All courses in the respective Mass Communication major sequence, those with a BRDC, COMM, JOUR, MCOM designation must be completed with a ďCĒ or better.

A Mass Communication writing/grammar test must be passed with an 80% or better in order to advance from the lower level core courses. This test will be administered in two of the lower level core courses. If a student does not pass either of the two opportunities remedial tutoring or other assistance will be recommended.

The Foreign Language requirements must be fulfilled with four semesters of the same language as offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics.

The natural science requirement must consist of one Physical Science and one Biological Science.

A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for a Mass Communication degree.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Media

General Education Requirements

COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210    1(2) hours
ENGL 1310, 1320    6 hours
ENGL (2000 level)    3 hours
ARTS 1300, MUSC 1300, MUSC 1310, or THTR 1300    3 hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE    12 hours
HIST    3 hours
MATH 1310 or higher level    3 hours
CSCI 1305    3 hours
NATURAL SCIENCE    8 hours
PHED 1200    2 hours
CHST 1310 or 1320    3 hours
CHST 1330    3 hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE    6 hours
PLSC 1300    3 hours
ECON 2310    3 hours
COMM 2300    3 hours

Total 65 hours

Mass Communication Core

Lower Level: 12 hours

MCOM 1300, Introduction to Mass Communication    3 hours
MCOM 1310, Media Technology    3 hours
MCOM 2310, Introduction to Electronic Media    3 hours
BRDC 2315, Writing for Broadcast Media    3 hours
Pass the Mass Communication Writing/Grammar Test with an 80% or better

Middle Level: 20 hours

PRACTICUM COURSES 5 hours (Taken in numerical order from the following courses: BRDC, JOUR or MCOM 11xx, 21xx, 31xx, 41xx)
BRDC 2320 or BRDC 2330, Audio or Video Production 3 hours
BRDC 3320, Broadcast Announcing 3 hours
BRDC 3325, Broadcast Studio Operations 3 hours
BRDC 3360, Broadcast Programming 3 hours
Broadcast Media Elective 3 hours (Select one from BRDC 4320, 4335, 4350, 4360, MCOM 3300, 3330, 3380, 4360, 4380)

Upper Level: 12 hours

MCOM 4310, Mass Media Law & Regulations 3 hours
MCOM 4320, Mass Media Ethics 3 hours
MCOM 4390, Mass Media Internship 3 hours
MCOM 4395, Mass Media Seminar/Capstone 3 hours

Total For Major 44 hours

Total General Education Requirements 65 hours
Total Mass Communication Core Requirements 44 hours
Total Elective Courses 19 hours
Total Hours for Degree 128 hours

All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit hour for Chapel and Cultural Events for each semester of full-time enrollment in addition to the above hours.

Bachelor of Arts in Print Media

General Education Requirements

COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210    1(2) hours
ENGL 1310, 1320    6 hours
ENGL (Literature 2000 level)    3 hours
ARTS 1300, MUSC 1300, MUSC 1310, or THTR 1300    3 hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE    12 hours
HIST    3 hours
MATH 1310 or higher level    3 hours
CSCI 1305    3 hours
NATURAL SCIENCE    8 hours
PHED 1200    2 hours
CHST 1310 or 1320    3 hours
CHST 1330    3 hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE    6 hours
PLSC 1300    3 hours
ECON 2310    3 hours
COMM 2300    3 hours

Total 65 hours

Mass Communication Core

Lower Level: 12 hours

MCOM 1300, Introduction to Mass Communication    3 hours
MCOM 1310, Media Technology    3 hours
MCOM 2300, Introduction to Print Media    3 hours
JOUR 2315, Writing for Print Media    3 hours
Pass the Mass Communication Writing/Grammar Test with an 80% or better

Middle Level: 20 hours

PRACTICUM COURSES    5 hours (Taken in numerical order from the following courses: BRDC, JOUR or MCOM 11xx, 21xx, 31xx, 41xx)
JOUR 2330, Photojournalism 3 hours
MCOM 2340, Graphics Design I 3 hours
MCOM 3310, Principles of Public Relations 3 hours
JOUR 3320, News & Copy Editing 3 hours
Print Media Elective 3 hours (Select one from JOUR 3340, 4320, MCOM 3300, 3320, 3330, 3360, 3370, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4380)

Upper Level: 12 hours

MCOM 4310, Mass Media Law and Regulations    3 hours
MCOM 4320, Mass Media Ethics 3 hours
MCOM 4390, Mass Media Internship    3 hours
MCOM 4395, Mass Media Seminar/Capstone    3 hours

Total For Major 44 hours

Total General Education Requirements 65 hours
Total Mass Communication Core Requirements 44 hours
Total Elective Courses 19 hours
Total Hours for Degree 128 hours

All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit hour for Chapel and Cultural Events for each semester of full-time enrollment in addition to the above hours.

Bachelor of Arts in Media Ministry

General Education Requirements

ARTS 1300, MUSC 1300, MUSC 1310 or THTR 1300    3
CHST 1310, 1320     6
COMM 2300    3
CSCI 1305    3
ENGL 1310, 1320    6
ENGL (Literature 2000 level)    3
FOREIGN LANGUAGE    12
COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210    1(2)
HIST 1350 or 1360    3
MATH 1315    3
NATURAL SCIENCE    8
PHED 1200    2
PSYC 2310    3
SOCY 2310    3

Total 59(60)

Media Ministry Required Courses

The following courses should be taken in this order by groups (exceptions are possible with the Chairís approval):

Level 1:

MCOM 1300, Introduction to Mass Communication    3
MCOM 1310, Media Technology    3
Practicum Elective (BRDC, JOUR, or MCOM 11xx)    1

Level 2:

BRDC 2315, Writing for Broadcast Media    3
JOUR 2315, Writing for Print Media    3
MCOM 2320, Christianity and The Media    3
MCOM 2120 Media Ministry Practicum    1

Level 3:

BRDC 2320, Audio and Radio Production    3
BRDC 2330, Video and Television Production    3
MCOM 2340, Graphics Design I    3
MCOM 3120 Media Ministry Practicum     1

Level 4:

MCOM 3340, American Media Ministries    3
MCOM 4370, Missionary Media Ministries    3

Level 5:

MCOM 4310, Mass Media Law and Regulations    3
MCOM 4390, Mass Media Internship (Ministry related)    3
MCOM 4395, Mass Media Seminar/Capstone    3

Total 42 hours

Media Ministry Electives

Choose three of the following:
BRDC 4320, Advanced Video-Television Production    3
BRDC 4335, Advanced Audio-Radio Production    3
JOUR 2330, Photojournalism    3
MCOM 3310, Principles of Public Relations    3
MCOM 3360, Graphics Design II    3
MCOM 4360, Mass Media Management    3

Total 9 hours

Media Ministry Supporting Courses*

Choose three of the following:
CHST 2340, Introduction to Missions    3
CHST 2350, Introduction to Church Administration    3
CHST 2389, Biblical Interpretation    3
COMM 2310, Interpersonal Communication    3
COMM 2320, Cross-Cultural Communication    3
MRKT 2330, Fundamentals of Marketing    3
* At least one of the three should be from Christian Studies

Total 9 hours

Total for Major 60 hours

Total General Education Requirements 59 hours
Total Media Ministry Requirements 42 hours
Total Media Ministry Electives 9 hours
Total Media Ministry Supporting Courses 9 hours
Total Elective Courses 9 hours
Total Hours for Degree 128 hours

All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit hour for Chapel and Cultural Events for each semester of full-time enrollment in addition to the above hours.