Overview of Majors

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism offers majors in advertising; entertainment industry (with emphasis areas in film (Gulf Park Campus), media production, recording industry management and recording industry production); and journalism (with emphasis areas in broadcast journalism, news editorial, photojournalism and public relations).

All MCJ students, except film and recording industry majors, complete a five-course core curriculum of MCJ 101, MCJ 102, MCJ 103, MCJ 200 and MCJ 454. Recording industry majors, production and management, complete a six-course core curriculum of MCJ 101, MCJ 103, MCJ 200, EI 200, EI 303 and EI 461. MCJ 101, 102, 103 and 200 are prerequisites for all 300-level and above MCJ courses for advertising, journalism and media production majors. MCJ 101, 103 and 200 are prerequisites for all 300-level and above MCJ and EI courses for recording industry management and production majors.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism also offers nine minor programs for students majoring in other academic disciplines. We offer minors in advertising, broadcast journalism, film (Gulf Park Campus), media production, news editorial, photojournalism, public relations, recording industry management and recording industry production.

For more detailed information on academic programs and requirements click the links below or please refer to the pages devoted to School of Mass Communication and Journalism found within the College of Arts & Letters section of the Southern Miss Undergraduate Bulletin.


Entertainment Industry

The bachelor's degrees offered in entertainment industry provide graduates an opportunity to enhance skills and employment options in the multibillion-dollar entertainment industry.  The curriculum reflects the multidisciplinary collaboration necessary for success in this area: recording industry, mass communication and business. We are a proud member of the Music Industry and Educator's Association (MEIEA) http://www.meiea.org/.

Students can choose from four different emphasis areas of study:

Film (Gulf Coast Campus)

Media Production

Recording Industry Management

Recording Industry Production



The objective of the major in journalism is to teach students professional and theoretical concepts and to develop their technical skills to enable them to be productive and responsible contributors in the journalism field. The program emphasizes the basics of reporting, writing, editing, design, photography and multimedia. Professional preparation also requires an understanding of the historical, ethical and social responsibility of journalism. The department strives to achieve an integration of practice and theory in its courses.

The major offers a choice of four emphasis areas:

Broadcast Journalism

News Editorial


Public Relations

These are designed to prepare students for a variety of career positions, including news reporting and editing, producing, writing and photojournalism and public relations.

The faculty strongly believes students should have a broad cultural education in the humanities and social sciences to complement their professional preparation so that they can serve society, as well as their own self-interests, productively and responsibly.