Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

BA in Communication

The communication degree at Mason combines a rich study of how humans understand one another and work together, while providing immediately translatable skills and knowledge valued across industries. You will learn to create and manage public and media relations plans, craft social media campaigns, produce videos, write for news and entertainment media, produce television and radio programs, and more.

Because of Mason’s location, communication majors can take advantage of the opportunities offered by Washington DC and its metropolitan area. The area has one of the highest concentrations of media organizations in the country. Our students have worked at CNN, PBS, National Geographic, and the Washington Post. They intern for major public relations firms, at area non-profits and with major national sports organizations such as the Washington Redskins.

You will learn effective tools and techniques, how to select the best ones for each task, and how to analyze problems and develop creative solutions. Our majors distinguish themselves with skills and knowledge that put them at the edge of a rapidly changing communication industry. You will learn to create messages across platforms—web, print, audio and visual. To keep up with industry trends we work closely with a team of industry professionals—our Insight Committee—who advise on our curriculum, mentor our students, and provide internships that can become permanent positions.

Students in the major participate in a wide variety of co-curricular activities and student organizations hosted by the department, including Mason student media, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and Mason’s nationally ranked forensics and debate teams.

Opportunities

All students have opportunities for research, global-engagement, public service, and career preparation. As a communication major you can:

  • Apply to the communication honors program and work closely with a professor on a research project of your own. Read more >>
  • Earn communication credit while studying abroad with Mason’s Center for Global Education.
  • Gain practical experience with a student media organization such as Fourth Estate (the student newspaper) or WGMU (the student radio station).
  • Develop speaking skills through the Debate or Forensics teams.
  • Learn valuable job skils by interning at major media outlets, government agencies, and private corporations (organizations such as the NBC Today Show, ABC News, ESPN Radio, or USA Today). Read more >>

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