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2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mass Communication

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The Department of Communication and Journalism offers three different BA degrees. These degrees are in: Communication, Mass Communication and Journalism. The department also offers minors in Communication and in Public Relations. The Mass Communication major prepares students for careers in the electronic media in Maine and nationwide. Firmly grounded in the liberal arts, it provides students with a background in history, legal, regulatory, ethical and management issues necessary for a career in mass communication or for graduate study. Faculty are established scholars who draw on extensive professional experience and ongoing contacts with media organizations and associations in the state and beyond. An Active internship program encourages students to become acquainted with working in mass communication organizations and thus have demonstrable work experience, professional contacts and an understanding of the industry before they enter the job market.

General Skills and Education Requirements:
The program emphasizes a broad liberal arts curriculum. In keeping with national accreditation standards, students are required to complete approximately 75% of degree coursework outside the major including the following curriculum of general education and skills courses.

Foundation Courses:

Behavioral Science: 6 credits

Political Science: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 12 credits

In literature and philosophy with a minimum of three credits in each subject.

Language: 6 credits

From French, German, Spanish or other language.

Department Course Requirements:

To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of CMJ courses. Students are encouraged to consider a second major or a minor.

For students transferring equivalent courses from other colleges, a minimum of 24 credits of CMJ courses must be taken for the degree, regardless of the number of equivalent courses accepted in transfer. The faculty will determine equivalency (if any) of transfer courses in the discipline. Some JMC courses require the completion of one or more prerequisite courses.

A grade of “C-” or better is required in all CMJ courses submitted to satisfy departmental requiements for the major. A passing grade is required in all departmental “Foundation Courses”.

Suggested curriculum for BA in Mass Communication

First Year - First Semester

Second Year - First Semester

Second Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

  • Electives ** Credits: 15

  • ** May be used to meet remaining General Education requirements in Human Values and Social Contexts, College B.A. requirements for 9 credits of upper level courses, or department requirements for 6 credits of cultural diversity/international perspective.

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