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Mass Communication

Department of Mass Communication
Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex 218-755-2915
Fax: 218-755-4369


Mr. Virgil Bakken (Chair;, Ms. Valica Boudry, Ms. Louise Mengelkoch, Mr. Roger Paskvan, Mr. Carl Sewall

Areas of Study

Mass communication is the primary means by which our society relays news, information, and entertainment to the public. Technological advances have promoted instantaneous, global, and persistent presentation of images and ideas, both positive and negative. Mass Communication at BSU has traditionally been divided into three major areas: print, electronic, and advertising/public relations. In this age of media convergence, however, these traditional barriers are almost nonexistent. Therefore, our revised curriculum aims to prepare all students to communicate meaningful messages successfully, utilizing print, still and moving images, audio and multimedia technologies.

The Department of Mass Communication encourages students to stretch themselves by taking courses outside their area of interest and by completing a minor in another department. Writing skills are emphasized. Intensive classroom and laboratory experiences include the study of historical, practical, and theoretical aspects of mass communication. These experiences help prepare students for the rapid technological and social changes they will encounter as they move through their careers. Their preparation culminates in the completion of an academic thesis or a creative project with appropriate documentation.

It is hoped that these experiences will prepare students for the challenges they encounter as technologies and media formats continue to change rapidly. All students are required to attain a 2.50 GPA in their major courses before being approved for graduation with a Mass Communication major or minor. They are also required to successfully complete at least two semesters of second language, in preparation for the global media job market.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Newspaper Production
Radio Production
Television Production

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Account Executive
Advertising Sales Person
Information Manager
Program Director
Program Producer
Public Relations Director
Station Manager
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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