Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Communication
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.
Mass Communication Bachelor’s Degree Program Overview
Four year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)
The world is changing and at the heart of this change is the convergence of communication technologies. Now, more than ever, there is a need for ethical, technically competent, and professional communication leaders. The Mass Communications bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary is meeting that need, and students will be astounded at the opportunities for real-life experience they will have at Mary.
The Mass Communication bachelor’s degree program will prepare you to be an experienced and confident creator of content that is communicated to the public. You will be prepared for positions in a variety of fields, including traditional journalism and social media, to film and broadcasting. Students interested in sports broadcasting may find the program particularly appealing, given the unique experiences available in our program.
Students in the Mass Communication degree program also benefit from several exciting opportunities to gain experience in the professional world. Most notably, thanks to a seven-figure investment from BEK Communications Cooperative, Mary communication students have the opportunity to get unparalleled practical experience using state-of-the-art high definition television equipment to broadcast live events remotely from the on-campus BEK Broadcast Studios.
Located in the lower level of the Welder Library on campus, the BEK Broadcast Studios is an attraction unto itself. With “On Air” signs lit up outside, a majority of the structure is enclosed by glass and positioned so anyone can see the massive amounts of technology and activity going on inside and what it takes to produce live events remotely.
In addition, the program of study includes a 10 credit internship program, and opportunities to take part in the Rome campus and the Emerging Leaders Academy.
While technology is constantly changing, creating compelling and effective content does not. Infused with Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values, the Mass Communication bachelor’s program equips you not only with the the skills and knowledge to understand and use the technology of today, but teaches a broad approach to content creation that can be applied to future technologies.
Recent graduates of the University of Mary communication department are working for companies such as KFYR TV, Fox Sports, E! News, Country Music Television, National Public Radio, and Halogen TV. They shoot video for shows such as Monster Quest, and operate video and photography studios. Other University of Mary communication graduates:
- Produce or broadcast live television
- Build websites
- Create advertisements
- Research, write, edit, and produce
- Cast and star in independent films
- Specialize in social media
This bachelor’s degree is offered at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Mass Communication Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights
At the University of Mary, the communication department provides an engaging learning environment that fosters experiential learning. In other words, you will be prepared for a wide range of careers in communication through practical, hands-on experience.
Through the innovative collaboration with BEK Communications Cooperative, University of Mary communication students will:
- Participate directly in the production of television programming, including live productions. Opportunities include sports contests from the University of Mary and around the state, but also include other convocations, events, music concerts, and Catholic masses.
- Gain practical experience in all roles of live television production, including on-air play-by-play and color commentary, producer, graphics, camera operator, replay, and floor director.
- Work with BEK Communications to produce hundreds of hours of live television programming every year.
Beyond these specific opportunities available through our cutting edge studio experience, you will learn to:
- Behave ethically in the profession.
- Craft content in several mediums to effectively communicate to various audiences in a variety of formats.
- Use core technical skills (in such areas as: audio, video, computer, photography, and research) to create content that is high-quality.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Communication theory as a basis for professional thinking.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage change in the world of Communication and meet professional demands.
- Describe the important role of Mass Communication and its impact on a range of global, societal, religious, political, and like pertinent issues.
Career Outlook for Mass Communication Majors
As the convergence of communication devices continues, companies will search for employees who are can easily adapt to new technologies, but also understand the importance of communicating clear messages to various audiences.
Job opportunities in the mass communication fields are numerous. Graduates with bachelor degrees can pursue careers in areas such as advertising, cinema studies, electronic media / broadcasting, graphic design, and journalism to name a few.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of broadcast and sound engineering technicians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to stem from businesses, schools, and radio and television stations seeking new equipment to improve their audio and video capabilities.
Employment of audio and visual equipment technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Audio and video equipment is in demand in many buildings, where technicians set up new equipment or upgrade and maintain old, complex systems. More companies are increasing their video budgets so they can use video conferencing to reduce travel costs and communicate worldwide with other offices and clients.
Major in Mass Communication:
ENG 121; ART 108, 116; BUS 215, 333; COM 102, 106, 110, 204; 210 or 212; 226, 237; 309 or 311; 315, 316, 318, 303; 329, 330, 406, 426, 430, 432; two practica from: Forensics, Theatre, Video, Summit; ALU 499.
Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship!
We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package.
Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education.
Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue
a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific
to each major or academic program.
We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.
If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: