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Media, Communications and Journalism

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Communication

Department of Communication

The Department of Communication provide students with a comprehensive understanding of human communication through a balance of humanistic and scientific theory and research methods applied to real-life personal, professional, and public contexts. Students acquire the communication skills needed to work effectively in business, law, the communication professions, public advocacy, politics, education, and management. Offers B.A. and M.A. degrees.

Mass Communication and Journalism

Department of Media, Communication and Journalism

The Media, Communications and Journalism Department prepares students for professional media, communications and journalism careers. Blending theory, professional practice and hands-on learning, MCJ builds ethical leaders who can think critically, write well, create effective messages, solve problems and thrive in changing environments. Offers B.A. Degree.

Option Areas

Communication

Majors

  • Communication (42 units)

Minors

  • Communication (21 units)

Mass Communication and Journalism

Majors

  • Advertising and public relations (37 units)
  • Broadcasting and multiplatform journalism (37 units)
  • Digital journalism (37 units)
  • Film annd media arts (37 units)

Minors

  • Film and Media Arts (21 units)
  • Mass Communication and Journalism (18 units)
  • Media Arts (18 units)

Credential/Certificates

Communication

  • Teacher credential program with the Department of English.

Mass Communication and Journalism

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Spanish Media
  • Water and Strategic Media

Student Involvement

Communication

  • Communication Internships
  • Barking Bulldogs Debate Team
  • Forensics (Individual Events Speech Competition)
  • Peach Blossom Oral Interpretation Festival
  • TEDxFresnoState (student-run conference) 

Mass Communication and Journalism

  • Creating PR & video projects for community benefit organizations
  • Fresno State Focus (student-run TV news)
  • The Collegian (student-run newspaper)
  • TALK PR (student-run PR firm)
  • Multimedia Production Service
  • KFSR 90.7 FM / Fresno State Student Webcast
  • Media, Communications and Journalism Internships 

Examples of Courses Offered

Communication

 

  • Argumentation
  • Business and Professional Speaking
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Communication and Learning
  • Communication of Science and Tech.
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Debate and Forensics
  • Environmental Communicatio
  • Family Communication
  • Freedom of Speech
    Gender Communication
    Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Leadership in Groups and Organizations
  • Organizational Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Small Group Communication

Mass Communication and Journalism

 

  • Advertising copywriting, sales, and campaigns
  • Applied Media Research
  • Audio Production
  • Broadcast & Online News Writing
  • Filmmaking
  • Film Theory
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Media Performance
  • Media News Writing
  • Multimedia Production
  • Photojournalism
  • Podcasting
  • PR and Advertising Agency
  • PR Writing
  • PR Campaigns
  • Reporting
  • Scriptwriting
  • Studio Production
  • TV Newscast Reporting and Production
  • Video Production

Examples of Career Paths

Communication

  • Communication consulting and training
  • HR specialists
  • Lawyers
  • Leadership and motivational speaking
  • Ministers
  • Political campaign directors
  • Politicians
  • Professors
  • Public advocacy (social movements, non-profit, government)
  • Sales
  • Speech writers
  • Teachers

Mass Communication and Journalism

  • Advertising professionals (in-house and agency, sales, account management, creative, etc.) 
  • Commercial video producers
  • Documentarian
  • Filmmaker
  • News Anchor
  • Photographer (news, commercial, etc.)
  • Public relations practitioner (agency, corporate, government, non-profit, etc.) 
  • Reporter (news, investigative, sports, entertainment, multimedia, etc.)
  • Screenwriter
  • TV studio & field production (director/TD/camera/audio/graphics)

Connect

Communication

Communication Department

Office: Speech Arts, Room 15

Office Phone: 559.278.2826

Prof. Kevin Ayotte, Chair

kjayotte@csufresno.edu 

Mass Communication and Journalism

 

MCJ Department

Office: McKee Fisk, Room 235

Office Phone: 559.278.2087

Prof. Betsy Hays, Chair

bhays@mail.fresnostate.edu