Publications & Media
The Mass Communication program area prepares students to become media professionals by learning practical and theoretical skills. This is accomplished through emphasis on critical thinking, writing, and technological knowledge.
The program area instills leadership qualities, professional standards, respect for diversity, and social responsibilities. It prepares students for careers in electronic media, print journalism, public relations, and other creative enterprises in a converging media environment.
The student-run media—KWSC-FM radio, KWSC-TV, and the Wayne Stater—provide alternatives to community media. Internships, service-learning projects, and cooperative education enhance the students’ learning experience. K92 radio, KWSC-TV, and the Wayne Stater are long-standing, pioneering student media that emphasize practical application through immediate and hands-on experience.
What do Current Students Say?
In the January 2006 Mass Communication student survey, two-thirds of students taking Mass Communication courses, including all majors, listed the following strengths:
What do Mass Communication Alumni Say?
In a 2005-2006 survey, 95% of Wayne State College Mass Communication alumni said they would recommend the program. At least 80% said they are currently using the skills they learned during their program of study. They are currently working in management and business ownership, print journalism, broadcasting, sales and marketing, education, and customer service. Almost a quarter of Mass Communication graduates responding to the survey have attended graduate school, including ten earned Master’s Degrees and two doctoral degrees.
What Courses Will I Take?
All students in the Mass Communication program area are required to take four core courses totaling 15 credit hours:
Students select either a Broadcasting Concentration or a Journalism Concentration, which require the following courses:
CNA 162 Radio Production I
CNA 373 Video Production I
CNA 379 Broadcast Management
CNA 390 Broadcast Journalism
CNA 473 Video Production II
Plus Communication Arts Workshop in Radio, Video or both
CNA 280 News Writing
CNA 290 Editing and Copy Writing, or
CNA 450 Computer Layout & Presentation
CNA 458 Advanced News Writing
CNA 463 Advanced Media Writing
CNA 497 Journalism Internship
Plus Communication Arts Workshop in Journalism
Students work with their advisors to construct schedules which balance general education, program area core curriculum, and the courses in the students’ areas of emphasis. The program area’s hands-on Workshop classes are unique to the college, and serve as the capstones courses, applying the skills and principles learned in other classes.
In addition, Mass Communication offers minors in Broadcast Communication, Editing and Publishing, Journalism, and Online Media.
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