Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Communication
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

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 Communication bachelor’s degree program will prepare you to be a well practiced storyteller in positions from traditional journalism and social media, to film and broadcasting. This bachelor’s degree is offered at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

While technology is constantly changing, storytelling does not. Infused with Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values, the Mass Communication bachelor’s program equips you not only with the with the skills and knowledge to understand and use the technology of today, but teaches a broad approach to storytelling that can be applied to future technologies.

Students in the Mass Communication degree program also have several exciting opportunities to gain experience in the professional world, including a 10 credit internship program, and opportunities to take part in the Rome campus and the Emerging Leaders Academy.

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:

  • Build websites
  • Create advertisements
  • Research, write, edit, and produce
  • Cast and star in independent films
  • Specialize in social media

Mass Communication Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

At the University of Mary, the communication department provides a learning atmosphere that fosters creativity and community, and prepares you for a wide range of careers in communication.

You will learn to:

  • Behave ethically in the profession.
  • Write, speak and visually communicate effectively to various audiences in a variety of formats.
  • Use technical skills (in such areas as: audio, video, computer, photography, and research) to create and communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Communication theory as a basis for professional thinking.
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn so as to adapt, to create, and to manage change in the world of Communication and meet professional demands while developing productive working relationships.
  • Discuss a range of global, societal, religious, political, and like pertinent issues, and their importance to and influence on Communication.

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 and stories 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.

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! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

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.

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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: