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:

Convergence Journalism
Digital Media & Telecommunication
Film & Video Production
Public Relations

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.

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  • Overview

    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.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Accreditation

    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

  • Cost

    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.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • 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.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    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

    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 3603
    ABED 3106       MKTG 3803       PSYC 3200       SOCI 3733
    ABED4118        MKTG 3809       PSYC 3600       SOCI 3943
    ENGL 3200       MKTG 3810       PSYC 4090       SOCI 4203
    ENGL 3405       MKTG 4861       PSYC 4140       SOCI 4323
    FILM 3200        MKTG 4864       PSYC 4500       SOCI 4373
    GEOG 3713      MKTG 4866       SOCI 3100       SPMG 3665
    MGNT 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

    Minor

    In addition to required courses, all concentrations require a 15-18 credit-hour minor (see Undergraduate Catalog for options).

    TOTAL = 15-18 hours

    Major Requirements

    • 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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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      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
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives
    • 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.