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Mass Communication

Mass Communications

Mass Communication is the mass production or mass distribution of news, art, entertainment, or persuasive messages intended for a large audience, in all media from print to corporate communications to independent online broadcasting – from the Wall Street Journal to Instagram. Our Mass Communication curriculum combines theory and practice to provide students with the breadth and depth of a Liberal Arts education and the hands-on production experience that will prepare them for the professional world.

If you enjoy writing, organizing information, engaging with media culture, and connecting with others, and aspire to a meaningful livelihood communicating ideas, proposals, and useful information to readers, listeners, viewers, and audiences worldwide from your company, computer, or community, Mass Communication is the career path for you.

Our Faculty

Dr. Kevin Ells is Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Texas A&M University – Texarkana. A 2015 Fulbright Scholar in Communication to Azerbaijan, and former debate coach and basic course director, he is certified by the national Experiential Education Academy, and developed the university's MA program in Communication. His recent research focuses on environmental rhetoric, semiotics, and communication theory. A participant in a National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Environmental Ethics, his articles have appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Environmental Communication, Journal of Enterprising Communities, Explorations in Media Ecology, Texas Speech Communication Journal, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, and the Routledge Companion to Environmental Studies.

Dr. Jialing Huang is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication in Literature, Composition, and Mass Communication at TAMUT, where she teaches courses in media effects and psychology, communication research methods, computer-mediated communication, and risk communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication from State University of New York at Buffalo (2018) and her M.A. in Communication Studies in University of Miami (2014). She has published articles in Communication Research, Environmental Communication, Journal of Risk Research, Mass Communication & Society, and Media Psychology. She has won several top papers awards from the National Communication Association and the Society of Risk Analysis.

Dr. Drew Morton is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Texas A&M University-Texarkana where he teaches Media Studies and Media Production courses. He earned his M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.  His publications have appeared in the journals Animation: An Interdisciplinary JournalCinema Journal[in]TransitionJournal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Studies in Comics. He is the co-founder and co-editor of [in]Transition, the award-winning journal devoted to videographic criticism, and the author of the monograph Panel to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era (University Press of Mississippi, 2016). He recently published chapters in the edited anthologies Star Wars and the History of Transmedia (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) and Perspectives in Digital Comics (McFarland, 2019).  His video work has been exhibited around the world from the University of South Australia and the Universidad Católica de Pereira to Towson University, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

 

What You’ll Learn from Us

  • How to inform, explain, influence, persuade, mediate, and negotiate
  • Critical thinking and precise reasoning in legal and ethical mass media issues
  • Effective oral, written, visual, and digital communication skills
  • Media literacy skills that will assist you in the analysis of the impact of mass communication on individuals and society
  • A historical understanding of the evolution of media industries and technology that will assist you in mapping cultural change and allow you to take an active and responsible role in shaping our contemporary media culture
  • The theoretical and practical principles of public relations and advertising
  • The theory and practice of publication design and layout (including the Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, WordPress)
  • The theoretical and practical principles of multimedia production (including the Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Premiere)

Graduates of our program have produced marketing materials for the university, programmed a weekly film series with guest speakers, contributed to an A&M-Texarkana graphic design showcase, and planned a trip to the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Los Angeles. And our Mass Communication Club has competed at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention and been awarded Student Organization of the Year.

Mass Communication Careers

Advertiser

Filmmaker

Newscaster

Broadcaster

Fundraising Manager

Press Secretary

Communication

Graphic Designer

Producer

Consultant

Journalist

Public Affairs Analyst

Community Affairs

Lobbyist

Public Relations

Director

Managing Editor

Publicist

Copy Editor

Marketing Manager

Publisher

Corporate

Marketing Researcher

Recruiter

Communications

Media Consultant

Reporter

Director

Media Critic

Screenwriter

Documentarian

Media Relations Director

Social Marketer

Editor

Media Spokesperson

Special Events Promoter

Editorial Project Manager

Narrator

Teacher/Professor

Events Manager

News Director

(and many more)

Interested?

Please contact the Humanities Coordinator Dr. Doug Julien at djulien@tamut.edu (903.223.3033) or Dr. Kevin Ells at Kevin.Ells@tamut.edu (903.223.3040).

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
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  • p: 903.223.3000
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