Department of Mass Communications
BU's mass communications program prepares students to work as professionals in public relations, advertising, journalism or telecommunications. This bachelor's degree program balances a broad knowledge of the liberal arts and natural sciences with the professional and theoretical preparation needed by today's media professionals.
Internships are necessary to complete the student's professional training, along with experience with four campus media:
- The Voice, the nationally-recognized weekly student newspaper
- BUTV, student-produced television programming
- BU Now, a student-run news blog and television series
- WBUQ-FM, student-managed radio station with call-in and music programs
Other opportunities are available through active chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS-AERho).
Telecommunications — Studies include video production, video editing, broadcast journalism, RTF authorship theory and practice, programming and management. Students can also study sports, documentary, corporate video or dramatic/comedy production.
Journalism — Studies include online journalism, editing, feature writing, magazine editing and production, public affairs reporting, and broadcast journalism.
Public Relations — Studies include public relations theory and pratice, publicity and public relations, PR cases and problems, as well as options in video production, feature writing, online journalism, introduction to business, economics, marketing principles and practices and advertising management.
As a capstone, students participate in a mass communications seminar, practicum or internship (a list of internships is available here).