Mass Communications at SIUE
The mass communications program in the College of Arts and Sciences at SIUE prepares students to succeed in careers in one of the fastest growing and most dynamic areas: the mass media.
The Department of Mass Communications at SIUE is accredited by the highly-selective Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). This means our students get one-on-one attention from their instructors due to small class sizes and curriculum that keeps with changes in the media industry. Our students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and faculty members who dedicate themselves to serving the professional and intellectual needs of the students.
At SIUE, we take advantage of our close proximity to the St. Louis region. Currently the 21st largest media market in the United States, St. Louis provides numerous media resources to our students. Working media professionals teach many of our skills courses and guest speakers are brought in regularly to meet with students. Our students have the opportunity to participate in internship opportunities only possible in a major media market, and our students are placed in all major media outlets in St. Louis, including the communication departments of the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues.
The Department of Mass Communications offers four sequences: print/electronic journalism, TV-radio production, advertising, and corporate communications. While most of the curriculum is a shared experience by all majors, students take advanced courses specific to their chosen sequence. This approach is in keeping with the converged nature of today’s media industries. At its heart, our department is all about teaching students how to tell stories, whether in the form of advertising campaigns, news stories, documentaries, or any of an almost limitless use of this major. Students who major in mass communications but choose not to enter the media industry will be well-prepared, thoughtful and effective communicators.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications
- Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications
Graduates of the Department of Mass Communications choose various career paths. Our graduates have become reporters, editors and photojournalists for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Others work in radio and television, for advertising agencies, and in marketing and communications positions at major corporations and non-profits; many become the social media experts in their positions. Some graduates take an entrepreneurial approach and create careers as independent videographers, event planners, graphic designers, web developers and freelance communications specialists.
Areas of Interest
- Corporate and Institutional Media
- Media Advertising
- Print/ Electronic Journalism
- Television/ Radio