This major teaches students the creative and business practices of the advertising profession. Graduates are prepared for positions as advertising layout artists; copy writers; media planners and account executives in the mass media, advertising agencies, advertising departments in business and industry, and advertising sales for media. Students majoring in advertising are encouraged to get involved the Southern Miss student chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

MCJ Core (12 hrs):
MCJ 101 — Survey of Mass Communication
MCJ 102 — Introduction to Media Writing
MCJ 103 — Literacy Skills
MCJ 200 — Digital Media Production (MAC laptop required)
MCJ 454 — Media Law & Ethics

Advertising Skills Sequence (18 hrs): 
MCJ 312 — Graphic Design
MCJ 329 — Issues in Advertising
MCJ 330 — Advertising Creative Strategy (Writing Intensive) 
MCJ 333 — Advertising Media
MCJ 425 — Mass Media Research
MCJ 431 — Advertising Campaigns (Capstone)

MCJ Values Elective (3 hrs):
(Select one of the following)

MCJ 355 — Gender, Race and Media
MCJ 407 — Media Theory
MCJ 455 — Media Ethics
MCJ 460 — Media Law
MCJ 461 — Mass Media History
MCJ 462 — Media Criticism
MCJ 463 — Media Management and Economics

MCJ Electives (3 - 6 hrs):
(Strongly recommended)
MCJ 492 — Special Problems: National Student AD Competition 
MCJ 482 — Digital/Internet Advertising
MCJ 421 — Public Relations
MCJ 433 — Problems and Cases in Advertising
MCJ 429 — Internship

Non-MCJ Requirements:
PSY 110 — General Psychology
MKT 300 — Principles of Marketing

Students wanting to pursue a major in advertising should stop by College Hall 106 to fill out the required paperwork. At that time, students will be assigned an adviser specific to the major for advisement. Questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Fei Xue, professor in advertising, through email at or by calling 601.266.4258.