Program Overview

Technology has changed mass communication significantly and more change can be expected. In the past two decades alone, how we share messages has been fundamentally altered. Now, gain the knowledge you need to become an effective communicator who uses tried-and-true strategies as well as new technology with the online Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Point Park University.

Curriculum Overview

This fully online degree program is designed for communication professionals by communication professionals. Each course is created and taught by professors with years of experience in the industry. With courses in broadcasting, media ethics and communication law, this degree will give you the advanced expertise and real-world knowledge you need for a career in communications. The program is designed with your success in mind, from the flexible scheduling of fully online classes to personal support from application to graduation.

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Ranked As One of the Most Affordable Online Communications Degrees
  • Next Start Date:October 15, 2017
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:125
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$433
Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 Oral Comm. & Pres.
  • ENGL 101 College Composition
  • UNIV 101 City-University Life
  • Senior Capstone
  • Explore the World – Choice 1
  • Explore the World – Choice 2
  • Investigate Science
  • Investigate Mathematics
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People – Choice 1
  • Understand People – Choice 2
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate & Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology
Departmental Major Requirements (50 credits)
  • WI (Writing Intensive Course)
  • ENGL (Designated English Literature)
  • Language Sequence (2-course sequence in the same foreign language, courses in translation excluded)
  • ECON 201, 202, OR 421
  • HIST 203 OR 204
  • JOUR 101 Survey of Mass Communication
  • JOUR 103 Graphic Design I (taken in Thematic Core as Discover Technology)
  • JOUR 150 Journalistic Writing & Editing
  • JOUR 151 Broadcast Writing & Editing
  • JOUR 202 Intro to Broadcasting
  • JOUR 206 Intro to Advertising & PR
  • JOUR 260 Reporting
  • JOUR 300 Career Prep Seminar
  • JOUR 308 Multiplatform Magazine Reporting
  • JOUR 311 Practicum
  • JOUR 412 Media Ethics & Responsibilities
  • JOUR 418 Communication Law & Regulation
  • POLS 102, 202, 205, 209, 250, 308, 372, OR 402
  • Senior Capstone (taken in Thematic Core, choose one of the following with an advisor)
  • JOUR 433 Advertising Competition
  • JOUR 445 Editing & Producing the News
  • JOUR 447 Electronic Media Management
  • JOUR 455 Multimedia Capstone
  • JOUR 490 Journalism Capstone
  • JOUR 497 IMC Agency
  • PHOT 470 Documental Photography
  • PHOT 481 Senior Thesis I
Departmental Major Electives (18 credits)
  • Choose 18 JOUR or PHOT credits with advisor
General Electives (15 credits)
  • Free electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.A. in Mass Communication program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a satisfactory transcript from either a high school or postsecondary institution. Transcripts from postsecondary institutions must include a minimum of 12 earned credits or six months of training. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The university reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for communications careers was $53,530 annually in 2015. Our communication degree can prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

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