Department of Journalism & Mass Communication

Message from Chair
On behalf of my colleagues, I welcome you to the Department Journalism and Mass Communication and invite you to spend some time exploring the many exciting opportunities offered, including major and minor offerings, internships, practicums, student media, student organizations, study abroad, and much more.

In accordance with the rapidly changing media landscape, the goal of the Department is to promote excellence in instruction, research and professional practice by preparing future journalists, professional communicators, and media practitioners.


The Department, with nearly 600 majors and minors, is one of the three academic units, accredited by the American Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, in the State of North Carolina.

The faculty members, specializing in different aspects of journalism and mass communication, are highly committed to helping students to engage, learn, grow, and succeed. Students enrolled in the Department have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a state-of-the-art television studio, broadcast radio station (WNAA FM/HD), and student newspaper (The A&T Register).

We offer a Bachelor of Science degree with three areas of specializations: Multimedia Journalism, Mass Media Production and Public Relations. A minor is also available in each of the concentrations and may be taken by students majoring in other disciplines.

Explore and consider joining us!


Gail Wiggins,
Professor and Interim Chair

Vision


The vision of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication is to promote excellence in instruction, research and professional practice by preparing future journalists, professional communicators, and media practitioners.

Mission   

The mission of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is to prepare students with the high quality education necessary to succeed as professionals and critical thinkers and to become productive citizens of their communities, the nation and the world. We cultivate diversity, interdisciplinary learning, creativity, freedom of expression, mutual respect, ethical conduct, social responsibility, and expertise in journalism and mass communication. Students are encouraged to integrate their knowledge and skills for service to their communities, career advancement, graduate study, and lifelong learning. The mission of the department also reflects the philosophy and supports the ideals of the unit’s accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Department Goals

The Department has developed the following goals that arise from its mission statement.
    1. cultivate in students the practice of acquiring interdisciplinary knowledge and developing analytical and critical skills for acquiring balanced views of world issues;
    2. develop in students good oral and written communication skills necessary to the journalism profession;
    3. develop in students at least one area of specialty and preferably the convergence of multiple areas in their chosen field;
    4. develop the ability of students to collaborate with specialists in other fields in order to be informative, analytical, and critical in their reporting on issues;
    5. cultivate in students and--an understanding of the historical, cultural, legal, ethical and moral contexts in which they apply their knowledge and skills;
    6. prepare students for employment and career advancement in local, national and international media markets;
    7. engage students in local community activities in order for them to apply their classroom knowledge to public use;
    8. encourage students to participate in scholarly work and creative productions; and
    9. encourage students to explore new channels of communication and collaborative work that transcends departmental and institutional boundaries.
    10. maintain strong relationships with alumni, community, business and non-profit sector.
These goals are intended to ensure that students will gain the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to function effectively and successfully in all facets of modern journalism, mass communication, and related fields.
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