Journalism and Mass Communications B.A. Degree Map
Check out the latest NMSU Journalism and Mass Communications Bachelor of Arts degree map for a step-by-step guide to completing your degree in eight semesters.
The NMSU Journalism and Mass Communications department offers coursework in a variety of professional disciplines. Areas of emphasis include advertising, television and radio broadcasting, print and news editorial, photojournalism, and public relations and strategic communications. Read more about our areas of emphasis below and use our handy journalism degree map to begin planning your career as a professional journalist. Your future starts now!
For 10 years the advertising emphasis at NMSU has offered students the ability to learn and apply their skills at the National Advertising Student Competition. The competition gives students the chance to create comprehensive campaigns in accordance with industry standards. In previous years, students have had the opportunity to create and present campaigns to a variety of companies including Coca-Cola, Bank of America and Toyota. Graduates are currently working in the advertising field for major companies including Ford, Comcast and Leo Burnett advertising company.
Broadcast journalism is an exciting and unique area of emphasis here at NMSU. Students learn both theory and practice of radio, television and converging media. The focus is on both media production and journalism. Utilizing university-owned public radio and television station facilities, our students get to learn in a real-world setting with state-of-the-art equipment. Journalism students may elect to complete the entire sequence of broadcasting classes, or only some of the courses. These courses emphasize television journalism, video production and on-air performance. The classroom learning is enhanced by many outside opportunities for additional
experience, including our live student television newscast, News22, radio at KRUX, video production at KRWG-TV and AggieVision, internships at KRWG radio and television, and at many off-campus stations and other companies. Students also produce news segments in Spanish for KRWG Vme TV. Graduates of our broadcasting program have had successful careers at television and radio stations across the nation. A live television news program on the university’s public television station is an integral part of our broadcast journalism experience.
Print Journalism / News Editorial
The print news media are still the most important sources of information in society, and most journalism graduates will begin their careers in newspapers, magazines and related media jobs. At NMSU, all journalism students will learn basic news writing and will have the opportunity to gain advanced experience in news reporting and publishing for both print and online journals. Courses in news editing, print media design and multimedia round out preparation for careers in print media. In addition to working for Kokopelli, the journalism department’s own online news publication, internships at regional newspapers and magazines provide real-world experience opportunities that will lead to success after graduation.
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a full sequence of photojournalism courses that incorporate the tools and concepts of visual journalism by utilizing still photography, writing, slideshows and video.
We emphasize strong graphic skills as well as strong storytelling skills, encouraging students to report on their communities and, as they gain confidence, the world at large. Our program is driven by the idea that images and words are natural allies and to use them both with a high degree of precision and skill is a process that requires learning the language of vision. Using this language well enhances any publication’s intention of clear and readable communication about news and ideas that matter to journalism consumers.
Public Relations / Strategic Communications
The NMSU Journalism and Mass Communications Department provides entry-level PR skills with specific coursework in writing, editing, reporting, photography, broadcasting, technology convergence, research and applied internships to assist journalism majors seeking PR careers. Public Relations practitioners are communication specialists hired by organizations to perform and advise on a variety of communications tasks.