Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Journalism and Mass Communication

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. Any student admitted to Texas State may declare and be admitted to the program under a temporary status called pre-mass communication. Once a student has accumulated at least thirty credit hours and meets the requirements outlined below, the student will be admitted to the school in full-major status. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be admitted to the major.
    1. An overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    2. A grade of a “C” or higher in MC 1100B and MC 1301.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. All students seeking B.S. or B.A. degrees within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication must complete ENG 1310, ENG 1320 and COMM 1310 or their equivalent courses to meet degree requirements. Most students will meet these requirements through their general education core curriculum.

  3. In addition to the general education core curriculum, this major requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses and a minor.
  4. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  5. For transfer students, 12 semester credit hours (7 additional hour may also be acceptable at Texas State) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Communication Field of Study Sub-Area Journalism/Mass Communication and be applied to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    Competency Area 1 choose 3 hours from the following:3
    Introduction to Mass Communication
    TCCN: COMM 1307
    Competency Area 2 choose 3 hours from the following:3
    Media Writing
    TCCN: COMM 2311
    Competency Area 3 choose 3 hours from the following:3
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 1316
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 1336
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 2303
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 2315
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 2324
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 2332
    Competency Area 4 choose 3 hours from the following:3
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 1335
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 2300
    MC ELNA
    TCCN: COMM 2302
    Total Hours12
  6. All students in this degree program must earn a "C" or higher in each of four core courses in Mass Communication, which include:
    MC 1301Introduction to Mass Communication3
    MC 1313Media Writing3
    MC 4301Media Law and Ethics3
    MC 4381Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media3

     4. All students in this degree program must earn a "C" or higher in all prerequisite courses and in MC 4386.

Course Requirements

FreshmanHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
Mathematics Component Code 02013
US 11001
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
MC 13013
MC 1100B1
MC 43813
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
 32
SophomoreHours
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
MC 13133
MC 33833
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0306
MC Elective3
HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
SOCI 33073
 30
JuniorHours
ENG Literature3
Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or Science13
MC 43233
Minor9
MC 33213
MC 43373
MC Advanced Elective3
Free Electives3
 30
SeniorHours
MC 43863
MC 43013
MC Advanced Elective6
Select one of the following:1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minor9
Free Electives6
 28
Total Hours: 120