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  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Mass Communication, B.A.


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Students in our Mass Communication major are exposed to the theoretical principles and pragmatic skills necessary for a career in the media. Exposure to audio, radio and video production, news gathering and reporting, copy writing, announcing, and field and control room equipment operation provides students with a strong foundation for broadcasting related careers, work in independent production houses, or work with corporate video production. Upon graduation, students are well-qualified in both the technical skills of their chosen major and the practical skills of effective communication in a professional and personal setting.

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Mass Communication must complete a minimum of 122 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. In addition, students majoring in Mass Communication must earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken in the major.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Major Electives


Select five of the following courses.  Students must take 3 credits of Radio Practicum (CM132-135) for it to count as a three credit course in this area. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each course.

Area Electives


Select 6 credits of additional Communication courses. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each course.

Elective courses (15 credits)


Students may choose any 15 credits of elective courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:


Freshman Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (16 credits)


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (16 credits)


Junior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • CM 336 Audio Production II 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective courses 6 credit hours
  • Area Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • CM 434 Media Law and Ethics 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Area Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective courses 6 credit hours

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