Minor in Professional Experience in Communication

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

This minor is designed for undergraduate students who wish to augment their main academic program with an intense experiential learning semester in professional and career media. Students attend the Washington Media Institute program in Washington, DC and are taught by Mason faculty, Washington Media Institute leaders and practitioners. Enrollment in the program carries a premium fee added to normal tuition.

The minor is available only to students who are accepted into the program by application to the Department of Communication, and enroll in credits dedicated to the Washington Media Institute Mason Semester, a semester-long program held in Washington Media Institute in Washington, DC.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.


Students complete five required courses, offered as individualized sections of COMM 487 Washington Media Institute. Specific course titles may vary from semester to semester. Examples are Entrepreneurial Media and Journalism and Social Justice. Various seminars, a technology workshop and internship may also be offered.

Take five sections of the following under different titles. 15
Washington Media Institute
Total Credits 15