Journalism at South Carolina

Do you want to write beautiful stories, expose wrongdoing and master the digital world through print media? Or perhaps instead, you see yourself delivering information through radio or television broadcasting. No matter the medium, your job is to find the truth and tell compelling stories that make a difference down the street and across the world.

What to Expect

As a journalism major — either print or mass communications — you will be exposed to challenging courses that aim to prepare your for a career with newspapers or magazines. As a senior, you will produce a weekly newspaper, The Carolina Reporter, as a part of your practicum. Print media professionals will critique each issue of the newspaper. Students choosing the mass communications concentration will gain an overview of all areas of mass communications.

Broadcast journalism courses will concentrate on news, but you will also be trained in announcing, writing, producing and directing. As with other majors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, you will be encouraged to gain additional educational experiences through internships with television networks. As a senior, you will be in the newsroom five days a week producing a live, daily television newscast. The newscast airs on a local cable channel and on the campus channel.

All journalism majors will develop the skills necessary to conduct research, gather information, write clearly and correctly, and present relevant news or persuasive information at the professional level.

 

Undergraduate Degrees

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is one of 113 programs approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The school’s curriculum begins with a strong liberal arts base that expands into cutting-edge journalism and mass communication. The school offers two journalism degrees:

B  B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications – Journalism

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications with a major in journalism. Additional course requirements vary depending on the concentration you choose to pursue.

  • Survey of Mass Communications
  • Writing for Mass Communications
  • Law and Ethics of the Mass Media
  • Mass Communications Research
  • Introduction to Visual Communications 

B  B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications – Broadcast Journalism

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications with a major in broadcast journalism:

  • Principles of Journalism
  • Television Production
  • Electronic Journalism
  • Advanced Radio Programming
  • Advanced Television Programming
  • Advanced TV Production and Direction
  • Broadcast Journalism Practicum

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers both a Master of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Mass Communication as well as a dual program with the School of Law. Students can also pursue a Ph.D. in Mass Communication.

M  M.A. in Journalism  

Graduate Admissions Coordinator: Trey Patty, (803) 777-5067, pattyk@mailbox.sc.edu

Program Contact: Sandra Hughes, 803-777-5166, smhughes@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

M  Master of Mass Communication in Journalism (M.M.C.)

Graduate Admissions Coordinator: Trey Patty, (803) 777-5067, pattyk@mailbox.sc.edu

Program Contact: Sandra Hughes, 803-777-5166, smhughes@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in Mass Communications

Graduate Admissions Coordinator: Trey Patty, (803) 777-5067, pattyk@mailbox.sc.edu

Program Contact: Sandra Hughes, 803-777-5166, smhughes@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

DD  Dual Degree: Journalism and Mass Communications and Law (M.M.C / J.D.)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Law, culminates in a Master of Mass Communication in Journalism and a Juris Doctor.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.