Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions
Mass communications majors will take a variety of courses including Carolina Core, SJMC core courses, major specific courses and courses to fulfill minor or cognate requirements. See the current year Undergraduate Studies Bulletin for the complete outline of all the mass communications degree course requirements and regulations. It also contains course descriptions, as well as learning outcomes for the major. Archived Bulletins are also online.
In order to stay on track towards graduation, the university offers an online program "DegreeWorks." DegreeWorks, which is accessible in Self Service Carolina, is kind of like your personal automated advisor because it displays the coursework you have already taken and shows how and where it applies to your major and/or minor requirements. It also allows you to hypothetically change majors or minors to see how changes would impact your expected graduation date.
DegreeWorks is only available for students who enrolled in Fall 2014 or later.
If you started at USC before Fall 2014, please see your assigned academic advisor for specifics regarding your degree plan.
As a senior mass communications student you will finish your degree by successfully completing the capstone experience. In this course, you will develop a portfolio as well as a significant project that will display your critical thinking skills and in-depth knowledge about mass communications. Additionally, your portfolio will showcase proficiency in your selected leadership pathway.
Your capstone experience includes the following course:
The mass communications major is currently the only major at USC that directly sets you up to graduate with Leadership Distinction. As a mass communications major you must select from one of four leadership pathway options and take the approved courses for that pathway.
The leadership pathway options, as well as the course options are:
- JOUR 541 - International Mass Communications
- One approved SJMC international elective (see your assigned academic advisor)
- JOUR 332 - Mass Communications Research
- One approved SJMC research elective (see your assigned academic advisor)
- Two approved SJMC civic engagement electives (see your assigned academic advisor)
- Two approved SJMC service learning or community engagement elective (see your assigned academic advisor)
Dr. Ken Campbell is the head of the mass communications sequence and helps make decisions about course scheduling and content.
If you have questions about this major or your sequence progression, please contact your assigned academic advisor.
Want to change your major to journalism?
Visit the university advising center for information about changing your major.