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    Kansas State University
  Nov 18, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Journalism and Mass Communications

Birgit Wassmuth, Director

Professors: Adams, Benjamin, Muturi, Powers, and Wassmuth; Associate Professors: Bressers, Desanto, Mwangi, and Smethers; Assistant Professors: Baltrip, Freeland, Hallaq, Matthews, Wise, and Wolgast; Instructors: Furnas, Harvey, Olsen, Skidmore, and Wirka; Academic Advisor: Tatman; Emeriti Professors: Marsh and Oukrop; Emeriti Associate Professors: Chastain, Daly, MacFarland, Pearce, and Prince; Emeriti Assistant Professors: Hause and Puntney.

105 Kedzie Hall
Fax: 785-532-5484

The study of mass communications provides students with the tools to function effectively in an information-intensive society, whether as creators or as consumers of information or strategic communication.

Students follow a general course of study in the College of Arts and Sciences, a specialized professional curriculum in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and a focused selection of courses in an outside discipline.

The public relations and advertising sequences focus on preparing students for entry-level positions in the growing field of strategic communications, which assists and advises organizations in managing their communications. Corporations, non-profit organizations, different levels of government and military, and public relations and advertising agencies all rely on educated communicators with public relations and advertising knowledge and skills. As a capstone experience to public relations and advertising classes that teach students the knowledge and skills to qualify for these careers, students complete a professional internship that gives them practical experience in the type of public relations or advertising they are interested in. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities offered by our professional organizations, including the pre-professional K-State Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter and the Ad Club, a collegiate chapter of the American Advertising Federation. These organizations are eager to engage and mentor students through networking with professionals, attending professional meetings and seminars and participating in community Projects.

Journalism students gain practical experience through hands-on training at some of the nation’s finest student media organizations. Campus media venues include the Kansas State Collegian, the daily campus news source published online, through an app, and in print; and the Royal Purple yearbook. The A.Q. Miller School operates radio station KSDB-FM, which programs news, sports and music, along with podcasting, streaming audio and Internet content; and KSU’s local high definition television station, KKSU-TV, where students produce a community newscast, Channel 8 News, and MHK All-Day, a weekly student-staffed news broadcast, which is also streamed live over the Internet. The JMC NewsDesk provides student with practical experience in managing a news assignment desk and developing content for distribution on multiple media platforms.

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education-Journalism (EDJOR ) and Teacher Licensure

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education-English and Journalism (EDENJ ) and Teacher Licensure



Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science



Mass Communications