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Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication Online

Complete Coursework: Completion time varies  |  Credit Hours: 120  |  Courses: 40  |  Tuition: $284 per credit hour*

Excel in the world of PR and journalism with your BA in Mass Communication from LSUS Online! Whether you’re just starting out or already working in the field, this program helps you build the strong foundation you’ll need to get ahead in a variety of media and communication careers. Our 100% online degree program includes coursework in PR campaigns, newswriting, editing, media research, media relations, intrapersonal and group communication, and additional skills you will need to succeed in the ever-changing field of media.

Choose your BA in Mass Communication online concentration:

  • Public Relations
  • Journalism

A strong understanding of solid writing and campaign development is essential for careers in business, government, community and the non-profit sectors. With your B.A. in Mass Communication, you can pursue roles in public relations, writing, news media, and more – or go on to earn your graduate degree!

LSUS professors will help you grow your network via professional organizations and internship opportunities.

You CAN achieve your goals at LSUS Online!

Our online programs are convenient and accelerated so you can complete your bachelor's degree faster. If you've already completed some college, we offer generous transfer credit acceptance so you can start where you left off. For students just beginning college, the knowledgeable professors at LSUS Online can help guide you along the way. With affordable tuition, multiple start dates per year and LSUS’s excellent career services, you will quickly be on your way to advancing your career!

Online Course List

For your BA in Mass Communication online degree, you will complete 16 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours in your area of concentration (PR or Journalism), and 89 credit hours of general education and elective requirements.**


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Students can choose between MCOM 210 and MCOM 215 and are not required to take both.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: ENGL105 with a grade of C or better. A foundational course in newswriting, including style, leads, structure, and deadlines.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM151 with a grade of C or better. Overview and history of the field of public relations; responsibilities of the practitioner; introductory writing skills, including crisis communication and persuasion; and campaign-based skills, including critical thinking, event management, and media relations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM151 with a grade of C or better. An introductory focus on personal media access including iReporting and user uploads, blogging, and social networking as journalistic venues.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Students will be introduced to a range of major theories that define the breadth of the communication field. Theories will include intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, and mass communication at the introductory level. Applications and presentations using media are required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1   |   Course Cost: $283.85

Prerequisite: MCOM151 with a grade of C or better. A review of basic writing for all media, initial work on the professional portfolio, introduction to longer form writing, and pre-professional skill-building for the media workplace.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM298 with a grade of C or better. An overview of quantitative and qualitative measures in the field with applications limited to reviewing existing research based on contemporary media issues.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and consent of the department. Students majoring in Mass Communication will prepare a professional portfolio, participate in a media-assisted presentation, develop a professional résumé, and complete at least one (1) job interview. A copy of the portfolio will remain with the department for assessment purpose.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM298 with a grade of C or better. Case study and analysis of contemporary public relations issues.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM298 with a grade of C or better. Students will synthesize knowledge and skills as they develop a comprehensive media campaign design. Service learning component.

Students can choose between MCOM 210 and MCOM 215 and are not required to take both.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM151 with a grade of C or better. Overview and history of the field of public relations; responsibilities of the practitioner; introductory writing skills, including crisis communication and persuasion; and campaign-based skills, including critical thinking, event management, and media relations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM151 with a grade of C or better. An introductory focus on personal media access including iReporting and user uploads, blogging, and social networking as journalistic venues.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Basic editorial skills including grammar, style, and markup, plus practice in preserving author voice through the rewrite process. Electronic layout and group decision-making in the publication setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM298 with a grade of C or better. Ethical and professional elements of media writing for publication from the individual perspective, including research, persuasion, and analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Basic editorial skills including grammar, style, and markup, plus practice in preserving author voice through the rewrite process. Electronic layout and group decision-making in the publication setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM298 with a grade of C or better. Ethical and professional elements of media writing for publication from the individual perspective, including research, persuasion, and analysis.

Students can choose between MCOM 210 and MCOM 215 and are not required to take both.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM151 with a grade of C or better. Overview and history of the field of public relations; responsibilities of the practitioner; introductory writing skills, including crisis communication and persuasion; and campaign-based skills, including critical thinking, event management, and media relations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM151 with a grade of C or better. An introductory focus on personal media access including iReporting and user uploads, blogging, and social networking as journalistic venues.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM298 with a grade of C or better. Case study and analysis of contemporary public relations issues.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM298 with a grade of C or better. Students will synthesize knowledge and skills as they develop a comprehensive media campaign design. Service learning component.

In addition to your program's outlined courses, you will be required to satisfy the following course requirements:

General Education coursework: 39 credit hours

  • English: 6 hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences: 6 hours
  • Math: 6 hours
  • Natural Sciences: 9 hours
  • Humanities: 9 hours
  • Fine Arts: 3 hours

BA College requirements: 21 credit hours required**

  • Foreign Language: 9 hours
  • Literature: 3 hours
  • Fine Arts: 3 hours
  • Western Civilization: 6 hours

Electives: 29 credit hours required**

*Includes tuition and fees based on Fall 2017 pricing and subject to change without notice. Undergraduate students will also be required to pay an online flat fee of $50 per term.

**Based on 120 credit hours needed for graduation and will vary based on number of transfer credits accepted.

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