The media industry is a dynamic career field with countless opportunities for success in reporting, news broadcasting, sports information, public relations management, and many others. Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications is a broad-based program designed to give you firsthand experience in a wide variety of media.
About Mass Communications at Lindenwood University-Belleville
Work alongside a current NHL public address announcer and our sports information staff by becoming an announcer for Lindenwood University-Belleville athletic teams. Get a feel for a network newsroom by helping to produce programs for LBTV and The Lynk Radio in the campus’ own state-of-the-art Communication Center. Join the staff of The Lynx Tale student newspaper to make your voice heard on campus. One-of-a-kind opportunities for experiential learning abound for mass communications students at Lindenwood University-Belleville.
Mass Communications Faculty
Widely recognized experts in their fields, the communications at Lindenwood University-Belleville are award-winning filmmakers, video artists, professional sports commentators, and radio announcers. Their classes are guided by their firsthand experience in the industry, and the personalized nature of Lindenwood courses allows you to benefit from a close mentoring relationship with them.
Earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications
As a mass communications major, you’ll take classes in video and radio production, writing for electronic media, design in Photoshop, reporting, and mass communications law. This degree includes applied courses and an internship class, in which you’ll gain real world experience working in your desired career field while earning course credit. Internships are a great way to connect with current professionals in mass communications and build your resume.
You’ll also have the opportunity to select an area of emphasis in either broadcasting, media management and sales, or sports information. An emphasis allows you to add a level of specialization to your degree and take classes that are specifically related to your career area of choice. No matter what media job you set your sights on, the mass communications program will give you a comprehensive overview of the radio, video, public relations, and sports industries so you’ll be prepared for a career in any of those fields.
Four emphasis areas are available:
Earning a Minor in Communications at Lindenwood University-Belleville
You may decide to major in a different field, such as marketing or business administration, but would still like to develop your skills in communications. With a minor in communications, you can add another layer of specialization to your degree. A minor is simply a secondary academic subject to add to your knowledge, whether it is professional or personal interest.
The minor in communications is 27 credit hours and includes coursework in media literacy, video production, public relations, and writing for businesses.
Lindenwood University-Belleville Communication Center
The Lindenwood University-Belleville Communication Center offers you many unique opportunities to build your skills in television and radio broadcasting even before you graduate. You’ll work with high definition cameras, professional audio gear, green screen technology, and advanced post-production software to see firsthand what it takes to pursue a career in the media industry. Plus, you’ll be encouraged to get in front of the camera or microphone and develop your own on-air presence for public segments broadcast on the campus website and on Charter channel 989.
What to do with a Mass Communications Degree
Earning your BA in mass communications opens the door for a broad number of career possibilities, including reporter, broadcast news analyst, radio or television host, film producer or director, graphic designer, sports information director, public relations specialist, and many more.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for film and video editors and camera operators are projected to increase at a rate of 11 percent through 2024, nearly twice the national average for job growth. The median annual salary for this position is $52,470. There are many areas in the mass communications field, and the BLS website is a great resource to help you decide which path to take.
Contact the Lindenwood University-Belleville Communications Department
For more information about the Interactive Media and Web Design Program at Lindenwood University-Belleville, contact the Communications Department at (618) 239-6259.