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Jean BodonJanet BridgesMarcus FunkTom GarrettElisa HerrmannRobin JohnsonNam KimRuth MassingillKi Won SeoChristopher White


The mission of the Mass Communication Department at Sam Houston State University is to prepare professionals to work in the fields of Mass Communication, including Journalism, Broadcasting, Advertising, Public Relations, and Film. The Department promotes clear and effective communication, intellectual curiosity, strategic thinking and independent learning skills through a focus on critical thinking, writing, technology, and the ethical and legal aspects of mass communication.

To achieve this mission, the Department pairs theoretical course work, practical experience, and international collaboration and supports multiple co-curricular, extracurricular, and internship opportunities.

Contact Information
Dan Rather Communications Building 123


Academic Programs

Digital Media, MA


The MA program in Digital Media offers a choice between digital media production and digital media studies. The digital media production emphasis is designed for students who want to create and manage digital media projects, and the digital media studies emphasis is designed for students who want to research and understand digital media.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION – Students explore the digital combination of text, graphics, audio and video into engaging stories and interactive environments. Students learn advanced production practices needed to work in executive management and upper-level reporter, producer, filmmaker and creative manager media positions.

DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIES – Students apply mass communication research methods and theories to the study of digital media. Students learn how to critically reflect on digital media practices, audiences, law, policy and products leading to continued studies at the PhD level or to teach at the college level.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Mass Communication offers competitive graduate assistantships each year for students who are accepted into the program. Teaching assistantships are also available for students who have completed 18 credit hours of graduate course work. All students who have demonstrated distinguished academic performance may apply for a graduate assistantship. All assistantships require students to work 20 hours per week. To apply, please, fill out the Application Form and submit the required materials described therein by March 23 for the Fall semester. For information about the stipend and the application process, contact Dr. Robin Johnson, Graduate Studies Coordinator at robin.johnson@shsu.edu or 936-294-1499.


Mass Communication (MCOM)

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