The Department of Mass Communications offers a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and minors in Film & Video Production and Mass Communications.
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 – bluestone-Public Relations Firm, WUTV, The West Georgian, and The WOLF Internet Radio. Located approximately 45 miles west of Atlanta, the department also gives students the opportunity to regularly network and intern with mass media and public relations professionals in a top-10 media market. Students graduate with portfolios that showcase their scholarship and skills, and give them a competitive edge in the industry.
Learn more about Mass Communications Concentrations:
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.
Through sequenced study in Convergence Journalism, Digital Media & Telecommunication, Film & Video Production, and Public Relations, students are educated and trained across media industries to meet the demands of a complex, technological media landscape and multicultural society. Across areas of concentration, students master an understanding of the paramount economic, legal/policy, ethical, social, and effects issues facing mass media within the context of freedom of speech, freedom of press, media competition, and media convergence.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 120
This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Core Area F - Courses Specific for the Mass Communications Major
(General courses applicable to all concentrations)
- COMM 1154 - 3 hours
- COMM 1110 - 3 hours
- COMM 2254 - 3 hours
- Foreign Language -1000 or 2000 level: 6 hours
- Humanities or Social Science Elective: 3 hours
Note that course may satisfy prerequisite for a minor course if not required for minor.
TOTAL = 18 hours
Courses Specific for the Concentration
TOTAL = 24 hours
Electives must include 3000-4000 level COMM courses OR approved courses from the list below. At least 12 credit hours must be COMM courses.ABED 3100 MKTG 3801 POLS 4215 SOCI 3603ABED 3106 MKTG 3803 PSYC 3200 SOCI 3733ABED4118 MKTG 3809 PSYC 3600 SOCI 3943ENGL 3200 MKTG 3810 PSYC 4090 SOCI 4203ENGL 3405 MKTG 4861 PSYC 4140 SOCI 4323FILM 3200 MKTG 4864 PSYC 4500 SOCI 4373GEOG 3713 MKTG 4866 SOCI 3100 SPMG 3665MGNT 4630 POLS 3103 SOCI 3273 SPMG 4665
Complete 18 credit hours if minor = 18 credit hours
Complete 21 credit hours if minor = 15 credit hours
TOTAL = 18-21 hours
In addition to required courses, all concentrations require a 15-18 credit-hour minor (see Undergraduate Catalog for options).
TOTAL = 15-18 hours
- Minimum grade of C for ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102, COMM 1110, COMM 1154, and COMM 2254.
- Must complete a major declaration form.
- A maximum of 3 credit hours of COMM 4421 (Practicum) may count toward major requirements though you may complete additional credit hours.
- A maximum of 3 credit hours of COMM 4486 (Internship) may count toward major requirements though you may complete additional credit hours.
- Must complete senior exit survey.
- Must complete requirements for a minor field.
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Guidelines for Admittance
Each UWG degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.
- Complete online application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Official transcripts from all schools attended. Official transcripts are sent from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
- Verify specific requirements associated with specific populations identified here: Freshman Adult Learners Transfer International Home School Joint / Dual Enrollment Transient Auditor Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking Readmission
Admission Process Checklist
- Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
- Review important deadlines:
- Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
- Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
- Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
See program specific calendars here
- Complete online application
Undergraduate Admissions Guide
Undergraduate International Application
- Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
- Submit official documents
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Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
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- Students will be able to understand critically the origin, development and paramount economic, legal/policy, social and effects issues of mass media;
- Students will be able to understand critically structure and process of mass media industries within economic, legal, and ethical considerations;
- Students will develop the ability to write mass media messages with accuracy, clarity, and brevity on deadline and within varying style, ethical, and legal considerations;
- Students will develop proficient use of technology to produce visual and audio messages for mass media within varying aesthetic, style, technical, ethical, and legal considerations;
- Students will be able to gain practical experiences to apply and test knowledge and skills, and to network with professionals;
- Students will be encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary scholarship;
- Students will be provided a foundation for graduate study in communication.