Academic Advising home

College of Arts & Science & University Studies
Academic Advising

What Can I Do With a Major in Mass Communication?

Mass Communication is a field of inquiry that examines the processes, institutions and effects of the media as they function in national and international contexts. The general goals of this curriculum are threefold: [1] to develop students' competence in the critique of communication practices, [2] to increase students' appreciation of the history of media communication and [3] to understand its impact on policies, institutions, and culture. Students study a broad range of media issues, including critical and cultural studies, communication technology and policy analysis, international communication, gender and sexuality issues, ethnic and minority studies, and more. In addition students experience how to put this knowledge into practice in various forms of media production.


Interests

A general interest in communication processes and their effects, along with a specific appeal to utilizing the media as a creative form of expression

Back to top


Competencies

Communication
Verbal/nonverbal
Writing
Evaluating ideas and contents
Reading
Observing people/data/things
Influencing/persuading
Informing/explaining
Applying persuasive skills in media
Mediating/negotiating
Detailing/Organizing
Planning
Self-expression
Working as part of a team
Working independently
Working against deadlines
Attending to accuracy and accountability
Making decisions
Research/Analyzing
Synthesizing of media
Organizing
Problem solving
Gathering information and data
Planning
Defining
Creativity
Designing projects
Adapting ideas
Developing programs/articles
Generating ideas
Sizing up situations
Presenting information and data

Back to top


Opportunities - Careers

Business/Industry
Research analyst
Assistant buyer
Consultant
Sales representative
Business manager
Information specialist
Account coordinator
Customer service representative
Education
Educational writer
Teacher
Media specialist
Media librarian
Journalism
Reporter
Technical writer
Newspaper editor
Rewrite editor
Critic
News director
Sports director
Proofreader
Columnist
News analyst
Copyright specialist
Historian
Assignment editor
Radio/TV reporter
Videographer
Editor
Biographer
Print coordinator
Video journalist
Government
Lobbyist
Mediator
Copyright specialist
Administrative assistant
Press secretary
Telecommunications specialist
Publishing
Booking agent
Literary agent
Editor
Traffic manager
Advertising/Marketing
Media buyer
Designer
Publicity director
Information specialist
Marketing communications trainee
Account management
Graphics & production specialist
Promotion representative
Broadcasting/Cable/CorporateVideo
Educational television producer
Program director
Announcer
Broadcast technician
Traffic manager
Film editor
Disc jockey
Production supervisor
Sound mixer
Executive producer
Technical producer
Special effects specialist
Engineer
Floor manager
Scriptwriter
News director
Station manager
Video graphics artist
Producer
Director
Technical director
Lighting director
Human Relations
Community affairs director
Program administrator
Public relations representative
Production
Assistant development officer
Operations manager
Production manager
Multimedia design
 

Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.

Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School

Students with a degree in mass communications may continue on to graduate study in communications, business administration, film school, law school, etc.

Opportunities - Experiential

Summer or volunteer work and internships at radio and television stations, production facilities, advertising agencies, governmental agencies, and businesses, as well as involvement in student organizations such as the American Advertising Federation, the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Student Society, the Program Board, Alpha Epsilon Rho (National Student Broadcast Honorary), WMSR (student radio station), WMUB (University radio station), and participation in Miami University television productions for public television and cable.

Back to top


Sources of Additional Information

Department of Mass Communication (120 Williams Hall, 529-3521)
* Curriculum Requirements
* Career Opportunities
Career Services (200 Hoyt Hall, 529-3831)
* Career Resource Center
* Career Counseling
* Career Assistance Center
* Computerized Career Development Program
* Dictionary of Occupational Titles
* Occupational Outlook Handbook
Arts and Science Academic Advising (146 Upham Hall, 529-3031)
* Miami Plan & College of Arts and Science Requirements
* Course Selection
* Career Decision Making

Back to top


Developed by the College of Arts and Science Advising Office and the academic departmental offices with adaptations from Liberal Arts and Sciences - Skills - Career Opportunities, Career Planning and Placement Office, University of Michigan.

 

Miami University
College of Arts & Science

  • Academic Advising
    146 Upham Hall
    Oxford, Ohio 45056
    Ph: (513) 529-3031
    Fx: (513) 529-5026
    Office hours: 8am-5pm

Events
Related Miami Pages

© 2014 Miami University | 501 East High Street | Oxford, Ohio 45056 | 513.529.1809
Equal opportunity in education and employment | Privacy Statement
Web page comments: casweb@MiamiOH.edu | Trouble viewing this page? accessibility@MiamiOH.edu