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Mass Communication

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


Dr. Roy Blackwood (Chair;, Ms. Valica Boudry, Ms. Louise Mengelkoch, Mr. Roger Paskvan, Mr. Robert Smith

Areas of Study

Mass communication is generally divided into two media: print and electronic. The print media include magazines and newspapers, and non-periodical publications such as posters, newsletters, brochures, and annual reports. Electronic media include television, radio, and video and audio productions. Photography contributes to both areas. Computer-generated audio and video--referred to as "new media"--play an increasing role in the field. Most media outlets, for example, maintain Web sites.

Historically, mass communication has been the primary means by which a society relays information to and entertains the public. Technological advances have promoted instantaneous, global, and persistent presentation of images and ideas. Although the media continue to reflect society, their ability to influence public opinion and the actions of groups and individuals has increased.

The Department of Mass Communication offers a wide range of major-minor combinations and encourages students to work in both the print and electronic media. 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 challenge of the rapid technological changes they will encounter as they move through their careers.

Students are required to attain a 2.50 average in Mass Communication courses before being approved for graduation with a Mass Communication major or minor.


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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