Department of Communication
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
- Interpersonal & Public Communication
- Mass Media
- Public Relations
Cliff Fortenberry, Chair
As a Communication major, you’ll take a foundational selection of courses in topics such as:
- Communication law
- Public speaking
- Communication research
- Mass media
- Public relations
Then, you’ll choose a concentration and pursue detailed coursework that supports your goals for the future. Whatever you choose to study, you’ll develop valuable skills in speaking, writing and public presentations, while learning more about the theory and practice of media. A wealth of extracurricular options in newspaper, photojournalism and theatre help students gain hands-on experience and build resumes for exciting careers.
Choose Your Focus
As a Communication major, you’ll choose one of the following concentrations:
Interpersonal & Public Communication
Develop spoken communication skills in an environment that gives equal attention to theory and practice. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in public relations, political campaigns and more. It’s also a great foundation for graduate study.
Form a foundation in the basics of print and electronic media, television and radio, and prepare for a wide range of media careers like reporter, writer, editor, producer, on-air personality and more.
This concentration focuses on journalism in the context of broadcast media, preparing graduates for work in electronic media, television and radio.
Explore the world of professional communications, building skills in marketing and public relations in preparation for a career as a PR consultant, marketing manager, advertising professional, company spokesperson and more.
Dive into the rich and rewarding world of theatre, with training in technical, vocal and nonverbal aspects of theatrical presentation. Students get hands-on experience with three major productions hosted each year.
The MC Experience
The Department of Communication at MC embraces a teaching philosophy that melds theory and practice. While students delve deeply into the foundational underpinnings of communication and study the history of the media, they also develop concrete skills through lots of opportunities for practical application. So graduates are well-prepared for their future careers with theoretical training and impressive portfolios.
How You’ll Learn
Fantastic performance spaces provide great experiences for theater students and theater fans alike. Aven Little Theater is a 100-seat black box for more intimate productions, while 800-seat Swor Auditorium in Nelson Hall offers space for grand, sweeping projects. There is also an open courtyard for performances at Jennings Hall.
For students interested in broadcast media, MC’s television studio is the dream come true, offering the latest in video recording and editing equipment. Students get their hands on standard and high-definition video studio and field cameras, along with Apple Final Cut and Avid Media Composer, providing plenty of opportunities to experiment, innovate and create.
Internships help Communication majors gain real-world experience, making them more competitive candidates for top jobs. Our students intern at law offices, not-for-profit organizations, local TV & radio stations, public relations firms, print publications such as Mississippi Magazine and Jackson Free Press, churches and ministries, Drama Kids International and more. Follow the link for the full list of available internships. http://www.mccomdepartment.com/documents/internships.pdf
What You’ll Do
Help produce our student newspaper, the bi-weekly Collegian. Student editors, writers and photographers join together to create this publication and keep the entire student body in-the-know about what’s happening at MC. All majors welcome.
Join the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM), an organization of 550 professionals from advertising, education, government, not-for-profit organizations, PR firms and more. Currently, two MC Communication alumna serve as PRAM’s state officers. By joining PRAM, communication students receive the benefits of professional networking and resume-boosting activities.
Participate in the Mississippi College Debate Team, one of the most successful in the nation. Speech and debate boast an 80-year history at MC; over the years our debaters and speakers have won numerous championships. Follow in their footsteps and compete in events such as impromptu speeches, dramatic interpretation and persuasive speaking… while improving your ability to advocate effectively for your ideas.
Take part in a theater production. Three major shows are produced each year, along with smaller ventures such as student theater and one-act plays. Theater and English students collaborate to produce the Shakespearean Festival each spring, a major effort than can involve as many as sixty students.
Where You’ll Go
Our recent graduates are getting airtime and taking the stage. Like Hannah Southerland, who’s now employed at KWTG/KFNV Radio in Vidalia, LA. Or Jennifer Hooks, who is a Production Editor at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN. Dylan McLemore is an Instructor of Mass Media at Southern Arkansas University. Laura Leigh Bingham is a theater teacher in Memphis, TN. Alan Wesley Kinsey is teaching English, Speech and Theater in Yazoo County. Laura Hankins Boyd is teaching public speaking at Northwest Rankin High School and Christopher Hudson is teaching English and Theater at Clinton High school. Josh Powell is a filmmaker. One graduate is a reporter for the Northside Sun, another is editor of the Jasper County News, and another is an account executive with a local public relations firm. Others are attending graduate school at Washington & Lee Law School, Baylor University, University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Anne Sullivan is the director of Magnolia Speech School in Jackson, MS. Barbie Bassett is the Chief Meteorologist at WLBT-TV in Jackson, MS. Pete Smith is the Communications Director at the Mississippi Department of Education in Jackson, MS. Morgan Coward Cruse, who worked with Drama Kids International while an undergrad, founded her own after-school drama program: Theater Kids, Inc. Emory Colvin developed a one-woman theater ministry, Dramatic Encounters; she presents engaging solo performances, tours with Christian musical productions, and works with publishers such as LifeWay. Celeste Cade is the Public Relations Associate for the Baptist Children’s Village in Mississippi and serves as Southern Public Relations Federation Representative for the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.