The Mass Media curriculum provides Washburn students with a rich diversity of media studies in the areas of Creative Advertising, Film and Video, PublicRelations, and contemporary Journalism. The courses within these areas prepare students for careers in the applied media professions and graduate studies. The Mass Media program emphasizes multimedia skills necessary for students to pursue opportunities in traditional as well as new media industries, including independent entrepreneurial enterprises. The major and minor can be selected in combination with other majors offered in the College of Arts and Sciences and other Schools within the University.
Majors must complete a total of 40 hours. This includes a variety of core course requirements, courses in a selected area of emphasis, and elective offerings chosen in consultation with an advisor. All majors must also complete CN 150 Public Speaking as part of their general education requirements.
All majors must complete a 15-22/hour minor. Upon completion of the minor the student must fill out the minor form and have it signed by the department conferring the minor.
The minor in Mass Media consists of 18 credit hours. Students are required to complete MM 100 and 199 in addition to one of the following: MM 202, MM 203, or MM 212.
An additional 9 hours are selected in consultation with a media advisor. A minor can be developed in creative advertising, film and video, public relations, contemporary journalism or a combination of these areas.
Internships are required for all students. The Mass Media faculty members maintain a network of contacts with professionals in radio, TV and cable companies, production companies, newspapers, advertising and public relations agencies, and business and professional organizations. The Internship Coordinator must approve internships prior to students registering. Students work a total of 192 hours for the organization. Twenty-four hours of credit in the major must be completed prior to the internship experience. For specific details related to internship requirements please view the internship policy and procedures.
To view internship and job opportunities visit the Mass Media Wiki.
For information or questions about Mass Media internships, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To graduate with honors from the Department of Mass Media, a student must:
Scholarships & Awards (Applications due the first Friday in February. Awards granted the following Fall semester)
Endowed Scholarships - Interested mass media majors are invited to apply for a scholarship by completing the Mass Media Scholarship Application located on the Mass Media Wiki and returning it to the department secretary by the deadline listed on the application. The endowed scholarships will amount to at least $250 each, and will be presented through standard Financial Aid Office guidelines and procedures. Mass Media majors enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during the spring semester and who will be taking at least 12 hours in the fall semester are eligible for consideration. The decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.
Criteria used to award endowed scholarships:
Incoming Student Requirements - Incoming mass media majors are invited to apply for a scholarship by completing the Mass Media Scholarship Application located on the Mass Media Wiki and returning it to the department secretary by the deadline listed on the application. The incoming student scholarships will amount to at least $250 each, and will be presented through standard Financial Aid Office guidelines and procedures.
The Washburn University Financial Aid office is dedicated to assisting students with the process of applying for and receiving their financial aid. Please visit the WU Financial Aid page for a comprehensive listing of all available aid. To apply for Federal aid please visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid web site. For information or questions about Mass Media scholarships, please email: email@example.com