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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: General Studies (Media Studies) (College of Southern Maryland)
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Program description

The Robertson School of Media and Culture prepares effective and skilled communicators through quality instruction, advising and student services, based on real-world applications. Through research, professional service and scholarship in applied communications, the school advances the knowledge and practice of a multidisciplinary and evolving media environment. The school values truth, ethics, creativity, innovation, collaboration, cultural diversity, shared governance and community engagement.

The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with specialization in one of three concentrations: advertising, journalism and public relations. The school also awards the Master of Science in Mass Communications, with concentrations in the areas of integrated PR and advertising, multimedia journalism, and strategic public relations.

Career opportunities

Our program prepares journalism graduates to work as reporters and editors for newspapers, television newsrooms, news websites, radio news operations, magazines, news-oriented newsletters and other organizations. Moreover, these journalism skills transfer to many other fields, such as law, business, teaching and government service. 

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Audio & Video Equipment Operators
  • Broadcast News Analyst
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
  • Multimedia Artists & Animators  
  • Proofreaders and Copy Markers
  • Public Relations Specialist  
  • Radio and Television Announcer
  • Reporters & Correspondents
  • Retail Sales Management
  • Search Marketing Strategists 
  • Social Science Research Assistant
  • Technical Writer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Director of Digital Media
  • Editor
  • Radio or Television Producer
  • Senior Writer
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • STAT 210
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.50

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Bachelor of Science: Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism

College of Southern Maryland (Associate of Arts: General Studies (Media Studies))

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Journalism through the Career Coach.
  • Explore the community college’s Focus 2 Career resource to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the Career Coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Robertson School and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students in History to make professional and personal connections.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Robertson School-related events.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Journalism through the Career Coach.
  • Explore the community college’s Focus 2 Career resource to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Career Coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Robertson School and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students in History to make professional and personal connections.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Robertson School-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism

College of Southern Maryland (Associate of Arts: General Studies (Media Studies))

College of Southern Maryland courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
ENG 1010Composition and Rhetoric Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 1020 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
FYS 1010First Year Seminar UNIV 1013Elective
MTH 1010Quantitative Literacy and ReasoningMATH 1313General education
SCE 1010Scientific Method and the Modern World INSC 1XX3Elective
COM 1010Basic Principles of Speech CommunicationSPCH 1213Elective
COM 1020Introduction to Mass CommunicationsMASC 1013Major
ENG 1030Composition and Non Fiction ProseUNIV 2003General education
SOC 1010Introduction to SociologySOCY 1013General education
ArtsSelect one: ART 1200, 1300, 1500, 1505, 1515VCU equivalent3General education
Biological/Physical ScienceSelect 1 with matching lab: AST 1010, BIO 1060, CHE 1200, GEO 1010, PHY 1010VCU equivalent4General education
COM 2300Introduction to Media WritingMASC 2033Major
ArtsSelect two: ART 1200, 1300, 1500, 1505, 1515VCU equivalent6Elective
CommunicationSelect one: COM 1250 or COM 1350SPCH 2XX3Elective
HumanitiesSelect 2: ENG 2010, 2020, 2200, 2210, 2320, 2330ENGL3General education
COM 2080Writing and Editing for the WebMASC 2XX3Elective
COM 2500Introduction to Communication TheoryMASC 2XX3Elective
Social/Behavioral SciencePOL 1010 American GovernmentPOLI 1033Major
ElectiveMTH 1015 Introduction to StatisticsSTAT 2103Major
ElectiveECN 1200 Introduction to EconomicsECON 2033Major
CSM credits transferred to VCU61
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Bachelor of Science: Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism/broadcast
Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education
HIST 103Survey of American History3Major
HIST 104Survey of American History3Major
ENGLUpper-level ENGL literature course (300 or 400 level)3Major
HISTUpper-level HIST course (300 or 400 level)3Major
POLI or URSPUpper-level POLI or URSP course (300- or 400-level)3Major
MASC 261History and Development of Journalism3Major
MASC 303Reporting for Print and Web3Major
MASC 363Introduction to Broadcast Writing3Major
MASC 367Audio and Video Journalism3Major
MASC 396Mobile and Social Media Journalism3Major
MASC 408Communications Ethics and Law3Major
MASC 415Advanced Video Journalism3Major
MASC 460Advanced Television Newsgathering 3Major
MASC 461The Documentary (or MASC 465 Newscasting)3Major
MASC 474Diversity in the Media 3Major
MASC 493Fieldwork/Internship 3Major
MASCUpper-level MASC elective3Major
Upper-level elective (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.3Elective
Open electives0 to 5Elective
Credits completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism/digital
Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education
HIST 103Survey of American History3Major
HIST 104Survey of American History3Major
ENGLUpper-level ENGL literature course (300 or 400 level)3Major
HISTUpper-level HIST course (300 or 400 level)3Major
POLI or URSPUpper-level POLI or URSP course (300- or 400-level)3Major
MASC 261History and Development of Journalism3Major
MASC 301Graphics for Journalism3Major
MASC 303Reporting for Print and Web3Major
MASC 305Copy Editing3Major
MASC 363Introduction to Broadcast Writing3Major
MASC 367Audio and Video Journalism3Major
MASC 396Mobile and Social Media Journalism3Major
MASC 408Communications Ethics and Law3Major
MASC 474Diversity in the Media 3Major
MASC 493Fieldwork/Internship 3Major
MASCSelect two of the following MASC courses: MASC 403, 404, 4756Major
Upper-level elective (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.3Elective
Open electives0 to 5Elective
Credits completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
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