Arizona State University Announces Online Mass Communications Degree Program

Compiled by Ryan Garner
March 6, 2013

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Arizona State University has established a new online degree program, offering a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Media Studies. Offered through the university’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the program will be fully online, allowing students to complete coursework remotely. Launching in the fall semester, it will be the first online degree program offered by the Cronkite School.


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"This innovative program provides a new option for students who want and need the flexibility offered by a fully online program," said Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Dean Christopher Callahan. "It will enable students around the world to take advantage of the world-class education offered by the Cronkite School and ASU, giving a broad-based liberal arts education with a focus on mass communication and media studies."

The program aims to instruct students about the importance and influence of mass media, as well as the changes that technology has brought about in the media landscape. Coursework will include the study of global mass communication issues from a range of theoretical viewpoints, including cultural, economic, historical, legal, political, societal and technological.

A mandatory core class on media and society is one of the program’s keystone courses. Students can choose from a wide range of program-specific electives, including international mass communication, political communication, sports and media, and visual communication. The program intends to prepare graduates for careers in business, government and nonprofit organizations.

The new program will be designed and taught by a number of Cronkite School faculty members, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Doig, the school's Knight Chair in Journalism. Other faculty members will include associate professor Mary-Lou Galician, an award-winning educator with media literacy expertise in media literacy; assistant professor Dawn Gilpin, a public relations professional with social media expertise; and Dan Gillmor, an internationally renowned specialist in new media.

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been recognized as one of the nation’s top journalism schools by The New York Times and American Journalism Review. Arizona State University has expanded its online offerings in recent years, and the university currently offers approximately 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are entirely online.


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“Cronkite School Announces Online Degree Program in Media Studies,” prnewswire.com, March 5, 2013


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