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Minor in Mass Communication


(NOTE: This minor will not be available to students entering WKU fall 2014 and thereafter.)

The minor in mass communication offers a flexible, interdisciplinary education aimed at a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of mass communication in society. The minor in mass communication (reference number 414) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours, comprised of 12 hours of required courses and 9 hours of restricted elective courses chosen in consultation with faculty advisor. One-half of the hours in the minor must be at the 300- or 400-level.

The following courses are required: BCOM 201 or JOUR 201, BCOM 301 or JOUR 301, BCOM 401 or JOUR 421, and JOUR 422 (12 hours). Elective areas (9 hours): Choose three courses representing at least two areas from the restricted elective offerings listed in the mass communication major.


(Pre-requisites are in parenthesis)

one of the following two courses

BCOM 201 Process & Effects of Mass Communication

JOUR 201 Media and Society

one of the following two law courses

BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law & Ethics (PS 110, BCOM/JOUR 201)

JOUR 301 Press Law & Ethics (junior standing, BCOM/JOUR 201, JOUR 202)

one of the following two history courses

BCOM 401 History of Broadcasting in America

JOUR 421 American Press History


JOUR 422 Current Issues in Mass Communication (capstone course)




FILM 201 Introduction to Cinema

ENG 365 Literature and Film (ENG 100, 200)

ENG 366 History of Narrative Film (ENG 100, 200)

ANTH 448 Visual Anthropology (junior standing)

FREN 450 Topics in Francophone cinema (Eng 100, 200)


FLK 280 Cultural Diversity in the United States

FLK 373 Folklore and the Media

FLK 379 Topics in Folklore - restricted to "Women and the Media" topic

COMM 363 Interracial Communication (deleted from course inventory 2008)

COMM 463 Intercultural Communication

WOMN 321 Women and Journalism (spring, odd years)

ENG 465 Film Genres (ENG 100, 200 and either BCOM 271 or ENG 365, or permission)

HIST 447 History of American Popular Culture (HIST 119 or 120 or permission)


MKT 220 Basic Marketing Concepts (sophomore standing)

PSY 371 Psychology of Sales Behavior (PSY 100)

PHIL 321 Morality and Business

JOUR 341 Principles of Advertising (JOUR 201 or BCOM 201 for mass comm majors)

JOUR 355 Fndmntls of Public Relations (JOUR 201 or BCOM 201 for mass comm majors)

JOUR 428 Newspaper Management (18 hours Journalism or permission)

BCOM 360 Electronic Media Programming & Research (BCOM 301 or permission)

BCOM 485 Broadcast Operations & Management (2nd semester junior standing)


PS 327 Civil Liberties (PS 110 or junior standing)

PS 371 Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior (PS 110)

PS 372 Politics and the Mass Media (PS 110)

PS 375 Fndmntls Political Campaign Mgmnt (PS 110 or permission)

PS 338 Government and Ethics (PS 110)

PS 450 Seminar in International Relations (restricted to media topics) (PS 250 or permission)

Media and Society

BCOM 481 Problems in Mass Communication (permission of instructor)

COMM 341 Theories of Communication

COMM 346 Persuasion

PSY 350 Social Psychology (PSY 100)

SOCL 345 Sociology of Popular Music (SOCL 100 or permission)(on demand)

HIST 347 Social History of the U.S. since 1800

HIST 480 A Social History of Science

JOUR 300 Research in Ad & PR (JOUR 201, 202 and MKT 220 and either JOUR 341 for ad majors or JOUR 355 for PR majors; and a statistics course.)

ENG 466 Film Theory (ENG 366, 365; BCOM 271, or permission of instructor)

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