Accounting program major

Journalism / Mass Communication

Journalism / Mass Communication

Society needs people who will seek out the truth and work to make it known. From the rise of the 24-hour news cycle, to the proliferation of social media, to the challenges faced by tradition “print” journalistic formats, the world of journalism is a fast-paced and demanding career field. In this age the need for dedicated, ethical journalists has never been greater.

By integrating faith and learning, SBU will prepare you to maintain ethical standards in a secular world. Diverse course offerings will allow you to practice effective journalism in a variety of formats including print, electronic and social media, television and radio production, and more.

3
student
media
groups

(SBU offers three student media groups for hands-on publishing and broadcasting experience - Infuse radio, Omnibus newspaper, and SBUTV.)

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Required internships (many students complete more than one) provide valuable real-world experience.
  • Small class sizes allow you to build close relationships with faculty and other students while tackling hands-on projects that are innovative and challenging.
  • The unique combination of journalism and mass communication into one degree equips you with knowledge and skills in a variety of media formats.

Faith Integration

As a journalism/mass communication student at SBU, you will be taught to pursue journalism and communication from a faith perspective. You will learn to consider journalism as a tool to inform, challenge and inspire others. You will learn to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15) and will be challenged to think through how you can let your faith shape you as you pursue your chosen career.

Careers

SBU journalism/mass communication graduates have pursued a variety of careers at places such as:

  • Bolivar Herald-Free Press
  • KOLR10
  • Marshfield Mail
  • Ottumwa Post
  • Ozarks Local News

Internships

Journalism/mass communication students have completed internships during their time at SBU at places such as:

  • Bolivar Herald-Free Press (local newspaper)
  • KOLR10 (television news station, Springfield, Mo.)
  • KY3 (television news station, Springfield, Mo.)

My coursework taught me how to be a better communicator, journalism ethics and broadcasting techniques used in the news business. SBU faculty and staff helped me network to get the job I have now and made sure I was prepared.

Sarah Bicknell '15, Reporter for Marshfield Mail
Sarah Bicknell, Journalism Alum

missouri broadcast educators Association

Join SBU's chapter of Missouri Broadcast Educators Association, which fosters excellence in broadcasting education. You will have the opportunity to be recognized for your work. In past years, SBU students have achieved high honors at the annual MBEA competition.

student media

Put your learning into action through participation in a student media group:

  • Infuse: podcast radio reporting campus and community news
  • Omnibus: student written and produced newspaper, published weekly

forensics

Join the Speaking Bearcats, SBU's nationally acclaimed forensics speech and debate team, which has won 12 Pi Kappa Delta (intercollegiate speech and debate honorary organization) national championships.

Learn more

David Bailey

Dr. David Bailey, Department Chair
Jonathan Wehmeyer

Jonathan Wehmeyer, Instructor
Jordan Compton

Jordan Compton, Instructor
Bethany Wood

Dr. Bethany Wood, Assistant Professor
Brett Miller

Dr. Brett Miller, Professor

 

JOURNALISM / MASS COMMUNICATION Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
COM 3313 Advanced Public Speaking 3
UNI 1121 Introduction To Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

SPA 1114 Elementary Spanish 4
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
COM 1013 Media and Society 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
COM 3973 Journalism Law and Ethics 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

SPA 1124 Elementary Spanish II 4
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
COM 3373 Newspaper Writing and Editing 3
SPF 2012 Introduction To Spiritual Formation 2
COM 4283 Communication and Social Media 3
Total hours 16
 

Junior

Fall Semester

COM 2223 Argumentation and Debate 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
COM/TEC 2043 Television Production I or  
COM 3343 Multi-Media Production for Nonprofit
Organizations (Fall, on demand)
3
COM 4433 Interviewing 3
  Communication Elective 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

  Cultural Studies 2
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
COM 3003 Communication Theory (Spring, on demand) 3
COM/TEC 3053 Television Production II 3
COM 3873 History and Contemporary Issues in
Journalism
3
  Communication Elective 3
Total hours 16
 

Senior

Fall Semester

COM 4311 Communication Senior Capstone 1
COM 3013 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology or  
SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology 3
COM 4983 Internship in Public Relations 3
  Communication Elective 3
  Communication Elective 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

COM 4983 Internship in Public Relations 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 1
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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Journalism/Mass Communication Plan