The Mass Communication Department focuses on undergraduate education in print, broadcast and online journalism, video production, media management & sales, public relations/advertising and film production. Housed in the Dan Rather Communications Building, the department is home to an award-winning student newspaper, 24-hour student radio station, and student operated community television facility. Students produce television and radio news programs for the SHSU and Huntsville communities and broadcast the only university Spanish-language television newscast in Texas.
Students engage in a variety of experiences inside and outside the classroom that will prepare them for a career in the mass communication field. Students are encouraged to participate in the department’s co-curricular activities and to complete at least one industry-related internship.
Mass communication is one of the most popular programs on campus, with more than 600 majors and 80 minors. One of the fastest-growing departments at SHSU, the Mass Communication Department saw an increase in enrollment of almost 11 percent in Fall 2008.
The Mass Communication Department emphasizes the education of ethical and technologically proficient communication professionals who are capable of making a positive impact on their environment and on society. Through their work in our program, students grow to become informed, responsible, creative, and critical communicators capable of participating broadly in a diverse, multi-cultural, and rapidly changing media world.
Screenwriter John McLaughlin on Mass Communication opportunities
Broadcast icon Dan Rather on his alma mater, SHSU
Mass Communication Department
Dan Rather Communications Building, Room 123
Huntsville, TX 77341-2207
Department News and Information
Board of Regents approves news Master of Arts degree for department
The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a Master of Arts degree with a major in digital media within the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication's department of Mass Communication at the board’s regular quarterly meeting at Texas State University-San Marcos on May 21, 2013.
The M.A. program in digital media offers two areas of emphasis: digital media studies and digital media production.
The studies emphasis focuses on mass communication research methods and theories of digital media and can be used as a basis for continued studies at the Ph.D. level or to teach at the college level.
The production emphasis offers advanced practices in digital journalism, television, public relations/advertising, film, and radio needed to work in executive management and upper-level reporter, producer, filmmaker, and creative manager media positions.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board must now approve the program before implementation and proposed start date in Fall 2014.
Cannes Film Festival study abroad program to bring daily video updates
The Cannes Film Festival in France, now in its 65th year, is May 15-23, 2013.
Students participating in the Cannes Film Festival study abroad program at SHSU will be providing updates throughout the event. The Mass Communication Department has created a page with daily video updates so that everyone can follow the students' participation. You can also follow the film program on Twitter @SHSUFilm or Facebook for the video updates.
Black Swan and Hitchcock writer to teach summer course on writing for the screen
Screenwriter John McLaughlin (below), noted for his work on critically acclaimed films Black Swan and most recently, Hitchcock, will teach a Summer I course on Screenwriting at SHSU. Students will learn what it takes to write for film from a Hollywood veteran in MCOM 3375 (Scriptwriting), which begins May 13.
Photo courtesy of Associated Press
Houstonian staff create special issue for 2012 Election
Members of the Houstonian staff work on election night to bring the results from national, state and local races on Tuesday, Nov. 6. From left: Viewpoints Editor Misti Jones, Editor-in-Chief Stephen Green, Web and Multimedia Editor Matt Frazier, faculty advisor Robin Johnson, Senior Reporter McKinzie Brocail, Associate News Editor George Mattingly, Sports Editor Cody Lewis, Staff Reporter Brandon Scott, Entertainment Editor Molly Waddell, and Staff Reporter Caitlin Adamcik. Photo by Connor Hyde, sports reporter.
Dan Rather with Jean and Theresa Bodon and mass communication students at an Arbor Day celebration, April 27, 2012.
Left to right: Jean Bodon, Chair of the Mass Communication Department; mass comm student Chris Chamberlin; Dan Rather; mass comm students Courtney Schoenemann and Samantha Hernandez; Theresa Bodon; and mass comm student Jordan Bontke.
Warner Chair Kelli Arena was a guest on CNN's Reliable Sources to discuss media coverage since 9/11.