The mission of the Mass Communications & Journalism Program, housed within the Division of Literature, Languages, & Philosophy, is to prepare and equip students for careers as journalists or public relations professionals serving the information and communication needs of local, national, and global communities. The MCJ program focuses on four key areas to prepare students for careers in media: writing, critical thinking, discipline knowledge, and technology.
KSU’s Mass Communication and Journalism Department (MCJ) is a dynamic program leading to careers in a multitude of fields. Students pursuing a major or minor in MCJ will develop skills that will help them gain employment in TV, radio, magazines, print media, public relations or advertising. This active program gives students a wealth of hands-on experience. The student-run TV program, Campus Connect, and the student-edited newspaper, The Thorobred News, allow students to get involved. As one of the most innovative programs on campus, MCJ majors can customize their coursework to fit their goals. The major offers three concentrations: Public Relations, Print/Digital Journalism, and Broadcast Journalism. Therefore, the MCJ Program integrates oral, written, and visual skills to develop a well-rounded communicator ready for the demands of a rapidly changing media environment.
Students pursuing an MCJ Bachelor’s degree will choose from one of the three concentrations: Print/Online Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, or Public Relations. MCJ students need 120 undergraduate hours to graduate. Within the 120 hours, all MCJ majors will complete a 30-hour MCJ Core Curriculum, and then take additional specialized courses within his or her area of concentration. There is also a minor program in MCJ.
Faculty encourage students to participate in the campus paper, The Thorobred News, and engage with campus communication clubs, such as the One Mic Broadcasting Club, the National Communication Association Student Club, and the Creative Writing Club.
It’s more than a major. It’s a movement. – Alexandria Davis, Broadcast Concentration
MCJ is one of the best majors here at KSU, simply because it grows every day. – David Johnson, PR Concentration
The advisors really work with you to help you figure out what you want to do. – Kailah Jones, Print/Digital Concentration
They really work with you to show you how it’s going to be in the field. – Josh Chattin, Broadcast Concentration