Mass Communications is one of a select number of programs in the nation that offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications with a media convergence emphasis. Through sequenced study in convergence journalism, multimedia storytelling (film, entertainment radio and television, magazines), and public relations, students are educated and trained across media industries to meet the demands of a complex, technological media landscape and multicultural society.
The curriculum offers a balance of theoretical and conceptual courses that challenge students to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively, and professional skills courses that give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in cutting-edge experiential learning labs — UTV13, The West Georgian, and The WOLF Internet Radio. Located approximately 45 miles west of Atlanta, the University of West Georgia gives students the opportunity to regularly network and intern with media professionals in the nation's 8th largest media market.
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West Georgia students can now network with top industry professionals, and enhance valuable skills to establish their own successful careers through the Department of Mass Communications’ newly-launched Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.
The Department of Mass Communications spearheaded the initiative that brought PRSSA on campus, which was a rigorous process that ended in August once the university received its charter from Public Relations Society of America. The milestone makes West Georgia PRSSA one of the newest additions in a family of more than 300 chapters in the nation, and the ninth student chapter in the state, said Faculty Adviser Dr. Amber Smallwood.
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Lecturer and West Georgian Advisor
As an educator my goal is twofold: to provide viable career training, and to foster critical thinking in hope of spurring progressive social change. Although my professional history and current focus at UWG is in journalism, I also have a strong background in cultural studies, critical theory, and critical/rhetorical ethnography. My research is focused on gendered identities associated with rock music subcultures. At present I am rewriting my dissertation, “’Doing it for The Dudes’: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Performative Masculinity in Heavy Metal and Hardcore Subcultures” as a book project. I am excited to be working with the staff of The West Georgian, and have high expectations for the newspaper this year. More...