Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Mass Communication and Journalism Major

Majors must complete a minimum of 33 semester units of mass communication and journalism courses with a grade of C or better in each course. In addition to completing the university's General Education requirement of 49 units, students must also complete 15 units from the department's Liberal Arts and Sciences/MCJ Additional Required Courses List. The Liberal Arts and Sciences/ MCJ Additional Required Courses List is available from the student's adviser and on the MCJ website. These courses provide students with a strong grounding in a variety of academic disciplines relevant to the major.

1. Major requirements
Major requirements (33 units)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/MCJ additional Required Courses (15 units)

2. General Education requirements(49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total (120 units)

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.

Specializing within the major

Each MCJ major must select an option, which is an area of specialization within the major. The options are advertising, broadcast journalism, print journalism, multimedia production, and public relations. The courses required for each option are listed under Major Requirements.

Advising Notes

In addition to the above requirements, MCJ majors must observe the following:

  1. MCJ majors are not permitted to enroll for CR/NC grading in MCJ courses applied to the major, except for courses that require such grading.
  2. Students must meet all university graduation requirements. This includes the Upper-Division Writing requirement, which may be met by taking MCJ 102W, a "W" course from another department, or the Upper-Division Writing Exam.


Major Requirements for the Degree

1. Major requirements (33 units)
Select one option


MCJ 1, 2, 40, 143, 144, 146, 149, 172 or 173 (24 units)
One MCJ elective numbered between 163 and 179 (3 units)
Two additional MCJ course electives selected from MCJ 3, 15, 104, 105, 106, 124, 131S, 152S, 158S, 164, 191I (6 units)


MCJ faculty members have substantial professional experience and maintain close ties with the professional communities in their disciplines. Numerous faculty have been recognized nationally for their research, scholarship, and creative works. All faculty members serve as career and academic advisors.

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B.A. in Mass Communication & Journalism - Advertising Option

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Contemplating an exciting career in mass media?

Check out the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism (MCJ). Graduates of the program are well represented on the staffs of many of America's finest newspapers, radio and television stations, online publications, broadcast and film production companies, advertising agencies and public relations firms.

Graduates in advertising are working for agencies that include J. Walter Thompson; Foote, Cone, and Belding; Chiat/Day; Publicis, JP Marketing and Jeffrey Scott Agency. The department’s advertising students regularly finish high in regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.

Graduates in broadcast journalism are heavily represented on the staffs of Fresno radio and television stations. They also can be found at CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN and PBS.
Alumni in multimedia production are on all the staffs at local television stations and multiple production companies. Some are working on network television shows such as Survivor.

MCJ graduates in print/digital journalism are working for newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Fresno Bee and other major newspapers.

Public relations graduates have jobs with Google, Facebook, Twitter, American Airlines, Caltrans, Coca-Cola and other nationally known entities. They also work at regional, national and international PR firms.

What You Can Earn

Entry-level reporter
$35,000-45,000 (in our region)

Reporter with five years experience
$55,000-$70,000 (in our region)

Relations Specialist I 
$47,107 (in our region)

Executive - Advertising
$69,060 (in our region)

SOURCE: Interviews with media companies and

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Video Production
  • Reporting
  • Broadcast News Writing
  • Advertising copywriting, sales and campaigns
  • Scriptwriting
  • Podcasting
  • PR campaigns

What You Can Learn

  • Media planning and buying for advertising media
  • How to manage public relations campaigns
  • Production theory and practice; planning and producing for the director's role
  • Print/digital news writing and website management techniques

About the College

The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

College Contact Information

College of Arts & Humanities
Office of the Dean
2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
Fresno CA 93740-8024

(559) 278-3056
FAX: (559) 278-6758

Where We Are Located

We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.

Department Contact Information

Department of Media, Communications, and Journalism
Office Location: McKee Fisk Bldg, Room 236

Phone: (559) 278-2087


2225 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S MF10
Fresno, CA 93740-8029