Fall 2014 Undergraduate Catalog
College of Arts and Sciences

School of Media and Communication

302 West Hall, 419-372-8349

The mission of the School of Media and Communication is to promote and extend the study of communication processes ranging from personal transactions to mass-mediated communication. The School endeavors to create a premier learning community for our 800 undergraduate majors through collaborative teaching, campus-based and external internships, and opportunities to conduct original research. With a tradition of excellence in undergraduate education since the 1930s, the School of Media and Communication looks forward to contributing to today's new environment of communication education and practice.

The School of Media and Communication includes three departments: Communication (COMM), Journalism and Public Relations (JOUR), and Telecommunications (TCOM).

Department of Communication
302 West Hall, 419-372-8349

Department of Journalism and Public Relations
302 West Hall, 419-372-8349

Department of Telecommunications
302 West Hall, 419-372-8349

The Department of Communication's mission is to generate and share knowledge about human communication in a variety of social contexts and to teach applications for ethical and effective interaction in personal and professional settings. COMM offers two degrees for majors and a minor. See the departmental description for the specific requirements for the B.A., B.A.C., and the minor.

The Department of Journalism and Public Relations is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). Journalism and Public Relations offers a major and a minor. Journalism offers three different specializations: print journalism (includes newspaper and magazine journalism), broadcast journalism (includes radio, television, and electronic media) and public relations (includes corporate, agency, and non-profit). The specializations build on core journalism skills to prepare students for work in specialized media. See the departmental description for the specific requirements for the B.S.J. in each specialization and the minor.

A central mission of the Department of Telecommunications is to produce well-rounded graduates to be future decision-makers in the electronic media and allied professions. Graduates obtain such positions as television producer, radio or television programmer, script writer, radio announcer, audio and video editor, web page designer, and media researcher. Career opportunities are available in public and commercial radio and television, cable television, telephone, multimedia, advertising, and education. See the departmental description for the specific requirements for the B.A., B.A.C., and minor.

Campus media
Participation in campus media is not limited to Communication, Journalism and Public Relations, and Telecommunications majors.

Students interested in television news are encouraged to work for BG24 News (419-372-2997). Broadcast three days a week from the studios in West Hall, this campus-community television station offers students experience in producing, writing, and on-air newscasting.

The BG News, the five-times weekly campus newspaper (214 West Hall, 419-372-2601), provides opportunities to gain experience in reporting, editing, advertising, and management. In addition, students have the opportunity to work on The Key magazine (28 West Hall, 419-372-8086). Other publications include The Obsidian and The Gavel, newspapers aimed at multicultural and other readers with special interests. All these publications are under the supervision of a board of student publications.

Students interested in gaining professional radio experience while studying at Bowling Green State University have two stations at their disposal, WBGU-FM and WFAL, a commercial AM radio station.

Located on the south side of campus, the Tucker Telecommunications Center contains public television station WBGU-TV and closed-circuit instructional television production and distribution facilities. The center’s staff of 30 full-time professional broadcasters is assisted by graduate assistants, doctoral fellows, and more than 50 undergraduate employees.

Facilities
The school provides access to a variety of specialized facilities. These include several Final Cut Pro editing suites for video and digital editing, a complete television studio with video-editing facilities, and computer writing laboratories.

Student organizations
The school supports local chapters of several national organizations dedicated to professional interest in mass communication fields: Society of Professional Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Society of Newspaper Design.

The Department of Interpersonal Communication has a student-run COMM Club, and Journalism has a chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism honorary society.