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Mansfield University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mass Communication, Journalism Concentration

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Offered by the Department of Communication
Professor Young (chairperson)
Associate Professors Hoy, Wright
Assistant Professors Bernum, Lohrey, Lucas, Mason, McIntyre, Pieper

The global information age has accelerated demand for persons equipped with journalism skills. Our program enhances students’ abilities to gather, write and manage news and information. The program mixes professional training and surveys the role of the media in society. Related electives allow students to combine journalism skills with career interests such as technical writing, environmental journalism, graphics, sports writing and more. Some potential careers are print journalists, electronic journalists, news editors, information specialists, copywriters, and creative writers.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Mass Communication program is to serve our students, Mansfield University and our region through academic, extracurricular and cultural activities that promote the development of communication competence, critical analysis, an ethical foundation, respect for diversity, an understanding for the importance of research and recognition of the value of service, thus preparing our students for careers in their chosen fields.

Learning Outcomes

  • Journalism majors will be able to gather information, analyze and evaluate the information and write a news story.
  • Appreciation of the interactions between journalists and politicians that shaped the first 200 years of American journalism and helped shape the first 200 years of American history.
  • Journalism majors will be able to gather information, analyze and evaluate the information and write a feature story


Qualified students are encouraged to participate in the Department’s successful internship program. The intern applicant must have 90 earned credits prior to the start of the internship, a 2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 in the major to qualify.  Internships may be completed for 6-12 credits for the internship experience. A student may only complete one internship experience for credit.

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