Bachelor of Arts - JournalismMaster of Arts in Media and Communications
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Bachelor of Science - Mass Communications
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Norfolk State University's Department of Mass Communications and Journalism offers the Bachelor of Arts Degree in journalism and the Bachelor of Science Degree in mass communications. The department also offers a Master of Arts in media and communications.
Both undergraduate degree programs are designed so students can fulfill their personal and professional goals through selection of individual courses from specific course offerings. All students should make these selections in conjunction with their assigned academic advisor in order to ensure proper and timely matriculation that fulfills the student's educational goals.
Since the Mass Communications and Journalism Department at Norfolk State University is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, each of the undergraduate degree programs offered requires that students take a minimum of 80 semester credit hours outside of mass communications and journalism and a minimum of 65 semester credit hours in the liberal arts and sciences outside of mass communications and journalism. Consequently, the programs are structured this way to stay in compliance with ACEJMC standards.
In addition, a writing examination is administered to all undergraduate students throughout the university as a graduation requirement. The examination requires students to write an essay of approximately 500 words in response to selected topics. The examination is scored by interdisciplinary faculty teams based on the student's awareness of purpose and audience in the essay's form, organization, content (development), and usage and style. Students must achieve a passing score in all four areas in order to pass the examination. Students who do not pass the examination on the first attempt will receive assistance in developing a course of action for improvement before they re-take the examination, which can be re-taken as often as necessary. The examination is usually taken in the sophomore year.