Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in 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 the following courses or their equivalents:
      COMM 1310Fundamentals of Human Communication3
      ENG 1310College Writing I3
      ENG 1320College Writing II3
      MC 1301Introduction to Mass Communication3
      MC 1100BGrammar for Journalists (Note: Or a score of 70 or higher on the school's Punctuation, Usage and Grammar (PUG) test. The PUG is given by the Texas State Testing, Research-Support and Evaluation Center on the main campus. The PUG is administered weekly; call 512.245.2276 for testing times. There is a fee of $40 per test. Students enrolled at the Round Rock Campus should call the One Stop Center at (512) 716-4000 for testing information.)1

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. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. 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.
  5. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  6. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.

Course Requirements

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 0203
US 11001
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
MC 13013
MC 43813
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
MC 13133
MC 33553
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Modern Language 14104
Modern Language 14204
HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
MC 33603
MC Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Modern Language 23103
Modern Language 23203
SOCI 33073
BA ENG Literature3
MC 33833
MC 43053
MC 43013
MC 43353
Total Hours: 120