The NMSU Department of Journalism and Mass Communications offers bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. The department administers a variety of professional development.

Through a revamped curriculum, students learn the skills they need to succeed in the new media environment, whether they pursue careers in journalism, advertising, public relations, broadcasting, photography or multi-media interface fields. For this, the department offers specializations in editing and graphic design, electronic communication (television and radio broadcasting), multimedia, photojournalism, reporting, advertising, public relations and strategic communication.

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Tenure & Promotion

Degree Plan: 2015/2016

Bachelor of Arts – Major: Journalism and Mass Communications

Bachelor of Arts – Major: Journalism and Mass Communications

Study in Journalism and Mass Communications prepares students for careers in mass media, including print, broadcasting, advertising, public relations and photojournalism, and how these disciplines are converging on the Web. The curriculum emphasizes the skills of gathering, evaluating and disseminating information and related skills. Students also are instructed in the theory, law, history and professional guidelines of mass media

Core Requirements (required of majors)

Course Description Credits
JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists (ACT Score Below 25 or SAT Score Below 570) 2
JOUR 105G Media & Society 3
JOUR 110 Introduction to Mass Media Writing* 3
JOUR 201 Introduction to Digital Media 3
JOUR 210 Newswriting for Print & Internet 3
JOUR 493 Mass Communications Law 3


Additional Requirements

Students must complete 30 hours of non-core courses, including at least one course from each category listed below. Entry into courses is subject to successful completion of appropriate prerequisites.

Category I: Introductory Professional Courses

Course Description Credits
JOUR 300 Introduction to Advertising 3
JOUR 302 Video Production 3
JOUR 310 Intermediate Reporting 3
JOUR 319 Introduction to Photography 3
JOUR 321 Media Graphic Design 3
JOUR 374 Principles of Public Relations 3
JOUR 407 Media Internship 1 to 3
JOUR 408 Media Practicum 1 to 3

Category II: Intermediate Professional Courses

Course Description Credits
JOUR 306 Feature Writing for Magazine or Newspaper 3
JOUR 312 Advertising Copywriting 3
JOUR 314 Broadcast Reporting 3
JOUR 315 News22 3
JOUR 317 News Editing 3
JOUR 320 Advanced Photojournalism 3
JOUR 330 Electronic Newsgathering 3
JOUR 425 Media Planning & Buying 3
JOUR 427 Multimedia Publishing 3

Category III: Advanced Professional Courses

Course Description Credits
JOUR 412 Documentary Photojournalism 3
JOUR 414 RTV Scriptwriting & Performance 3
JOUR 423 Advanced Digital Reporting 3
JOUR 476 Public Relations Cases & Problems 3
JOUR 490 Advertising Campaigns 3

Category IV: Mass Communications Courses

Courses Description Credits
JOUR 350 History of Mass Media 3
JOUR 377V Mass Media Ethics 3
JOUR 380 Women & the Mass Media 3
JOUR 460 Public Relations Promotion in Sports 3
JOUR 484 Public Opinion 3
JOUR 489 Mass Media Research 3
JOUR 494 Special Topics (Various Topics Semesterly) 3
JOUR 495 Mass Communication Theory 3
JOUR 499 Independent Study in Mass Communications (special studies) 3

*NOTE: Students must pass JOUR 102 or have an ACT score of 25+ or 570+ SAT score prior to enrolling in JOUR 110, Introduction to Mass Media Writing and higher writing-based JOUR courses and to earn a Journalism and Mass Communications Degree.

Minor: Journalism and Mass Communications

Minor: Journalism and Mass Communications

Students may not earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications and minor in Journalism and Mass Communications

JOUR 102, Grammar for Journalists (for those with English ACT score below 25 or SAT below 570)* 3
JOUR 105G, Media and Society 3
JOUR 110, Introduction to Mass Media Writing 3
JOUR 210, Newswriting for Print and Internet 3
3 Upper division JOUR courses totaling 9 upper division credits 9

*NOTE: Students must pass JOUR 102 or have an ACT score of 25+ or 570+ SAT score prior to enrolling in JOUR 110, Introduction to Mass Media Writing and higher writing-based JOUR courses and to earn a Journalism and Mass Communications Degree.


Students who seek a minor in Journalism and Mass Communications are required to take the following courses: JOUR 102; JOUR 105G; JOUR 110;  and JOUR 210, plus any three upper division courses.




For 10 years the advertising program 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 campaigns using every aspect of the industry. In previous years, the students have had the opportunity to create and present a campaign to a variety of companies including Coca Cola, Bank of America and Toyota. Some of our graduates are currently working in the advertising field for Ford, Comcast and Leo Burnett advertising company.


Broadcast journalism is an exciting and unique program 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 the facilities of university owned public radio and television stations, our students get to learn in professional facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. Journalism students may elect to take a sequence of broadcasting classes, or simply take several 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 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 the Spanish language for KRWG V-me 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.


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he print news media is still the most important source of information in society, and most journalism graduates will begin their careers in newspapers, magazines and related media jobs. At NMSU, journalism students will learn basic news writing and will have the opportunity to gain experience in news reporting and in publishing for both print and on-line journals. Courses in news editing, print media design, and media convergence round out preparation for a career in print media. Internships at regional newspapers and magazines provide real-world experience opportunities that will lead to success after graduation.




he Department of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a full sequence of photojournalism courses in which they incorporate the tools and concepts of multimedia journalism in all advanced photography courses, utilizing still photography, writing, slideshows and video.

We emphasize strong graphic skills as well as strong story-telling skills, encouraging students to report on their world 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, and that using this language well enhances any publication’s intention of clear and readable communication about news and ideas that matter to consumers of journalism.



The NMSU Journalism and Mass Communications Department tries to prepare entry-level PR technicians with specific course work 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.