Studying Mass Media at Washburn

We live in a society dominated by the media where it is more important than ever to master the art of communication. At the same time, the mass media landscape is changing almost daily. That's why the Washburn University Mass Media program is designed to be flexible and help our students adapt and thrive in an era of rapid transformation.

Washburn's program prepares students to become successful communicators. Our students learn through real-world experience combined with education in the theory, art and practice of communications in today's media.

Our students graduate ready to take their place in a wide range of fields including online, broadcast and print journalism, media analysis, film and video production as well as public relations.

Mass Media Department adopts new curriculum

The mass media field is always evolving. Society, culture or technology changes and we change with it. The Mass Media Department is excited to roll out significant changes to the department’s curriculum starting academic year 2021-2022. While faculty are always keeping their courses up-to-date, the new curriculum underscores our commitment to providing relevant education that produces prepared media professionals. The goal: to create a balanced curriculum that reinforces foundational skills and competencies while giving students the soft skills to prepare them to be nimble professionals who are able to face whatever the future of mass media brings.

Stay connected with Mass Media through our alumni publications. Students in our advanced media classes design and publish the alumni e-newsletter and the Mass Media Messenger, our annual magazine. Email to be added to our mailing list!

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Low book fees

Mass Media majors at Washburn pay low textbook fees. An analysis of all major courses in the Department of Mass Media showed:

  • 60% of courses have ZERO textbook cost (ZTC)
  • 37% of courses have low textbook cost (LTC)

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Information about a minor in mass media

The Major

  • Complete 40 credits of mass media coursework including core requirements, a selected emphasis & electives + a 15-22/hour minor.
Link to information about the minors in mass media

The Minors

  • The department offers three options for a minor in mass media.
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Hands-on Experience

  • We offer lots of opportunities for hands-on experience -- even if you're not majoring in Mass Media.
Information about advising


  • We take pride in providing quality advising  -- helping select the courses and options that are just right for you.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Mass Media Department

Mass Media Department
Henderson Learning Center
3rd Floor; Room 316
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: (785) 670-1836

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