WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 3, 2021 — West Liberty University’s College of Arts and Communication announces new concentrations for students wanting a bachelor’s degree in media communications. These begin in fall 2021.
The Bachelor of Science in Media Communications (BS) degree is a 120-credit hour program that includes 26 credit hours of required media communications core, 21 credit hours of media arts foundations and 37 credit hours of general studies, and one or two concentrations:
- Journalism-public relations
- Design production
- Media production
Students in the media communications degree must choose one of the above concentrations. Students have the option to choose a second concentration, or they may choose electives (which can include a minor) to total 120 credits. If a student wishes to take a minor, it must be from outside of the media communication program.
The media communications core provides students with a hands-on foundation in media, production, writing/reporting, theory, research and media law/ethics. The program also contains a media arts foundation in design thinking, video editing, computer graphics and visual critical literacy. Students have the option of completing a capstone or internship. All students design a media portfolio their senior year.
The journalism-public relations concentration includes courses in broadcast news writing, writing for media, on-campus internships in journalism and public relations, and an advanced course selection in public relations and journalism, copyediting/proofreading, multimedia/social networking, sports writing and writing for web/social media.
The design production concentration includes courses in graphic design history, visual communication, photography, 2D foundation design and digital imaging.
The media production concentration includes courses in audio production, television production, podcasting, remote production, news directing and producing and broadcast performance.
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