Mass Communications Admission Process
High school students interested in communication-related careers should become involved in school media. These media include newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, radio, video or television production and programs.
The committed student can gain valuable experience through volunteer efforts with community groups, such as chambers of commerce, tourism offices and other non-profit organizations.
Admission to BU's mass communications program is the chair's approval and is limited to approximately 60 students who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Acceptance into the program depends, however, not only on the GPA but also on past experience and potential.
Students should exhibit strong writing, visual and creative qualities, and a record of interest and participation in media-related extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to make a case for their admission in the light of previous experience, even if they feel their GPAs alone may not justify admission.
Students will be notified of their acceptance as mass communications majors as quickly as possible. Students are expected to have declared their majors no later than the time they have accumulated approximately 60 semester hours.
To earn a bachelor's degree, students must complete the necessary semester hours in three competency areas: writing, professional skills and theoretical foundations. All majors take foundation courses in mass communications and the popular arts, newswriting, medial law and ethics, and either social foundations of mass media or research methods in mass communications.