Mass Communication and Society

Mass Communication and Society
Historical and modern roles of mass media in society, emphasizing media effects on individuals and institutions.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring, Summer
 OfferedIndependent Study also.
 ProgramsContaining COMMS 101
Course Outcomes

Become Professional Media Thinkers

Students should be able to articulate the roles of communicators in their various professions.

Professional Expectations

Students should be acquainted with professional expectations such as meeting expectations.

Media in Society

Students should understand the history and role of professionals and institutions, whose media messages impact society.

Critical Thinking

Students should be able to think critically about complex issues related to media and society.


Students should understand media coverage of multicultural and international peoples. Issues include fairness, accuracy and sensitivity to groups, as well as how media coverage promotes or distorts understanding between different groups and cultures.

Communication Skills

Students should become proficient communicators by writing in clear, accurate, fair, compelling and--where appropriate--persuasvie ways and by making smooth and compelling verbal presentaitons.

Cultural Dimensions

Students should be able to critique the organizational, economic and social constraints on media.