Jun 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Southeastern University - Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Southeastern University - Undergraduate Catalog

Bachelor of Science, Communication & Mass Media (Site-based)

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Bachelor of Science, Communication & Mass Media (Four-Year Plan)   

Program Description

The Communication & Mass Media degree emphasizes the principles and best practices of mass-mediated communication and human communication. The 31-credit communication core focuses on various types of communication (interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational), storytelling, and analysis of the mass media (courses including the theory, law, and the writing aspects of mass media). Students are guided to become better communicators, whether their goal is to inform, entertain, or persuade. Students also analyze communication artifacts and assess their effectiveness, persuasiveness, and ethics. The 12 hours of broadening electives allow for students to broaden their learning and perspectives with internships and courses focused on topics including design thinking, visual storytelling, and digital marketing. Students also select 9 hours of technical skills electives related to digital design and visual communication.

Potential Career Options

Potential career options for those pursuing this degree include communication consultant, communication manager, corporate communication coordinator, multimedia journalist, photojournalist, copy editor, managing editor, and other communication- and mass media-related careers. Graduates are equipped to improve the organizational communication of businesses, non-profit organizations, and corporations. Graduates can find fulfillment by helping people communicate more effectively and ethically in an interpersonal or intercultural context.

*Note:  Students taking courses online outside of the State of Florida may be subject to additional Foundational Core requirements for degree completion.  State-specific requirements are specified in the SEU Catalog.  Your Academic Advisor is available to help integrate these additional courses into your plan.

Total Program: 120 Credit Hours

2023-24 Foundational Core - 34 Credit Hours

Habits of Inquiry - 22 Credit Hours

Major Core - 42 Credit Hours

Divine Design (Major Specific Experiential Learning) - 1 Credit Hour

Divine Design - 43 Credit Hours

To meet the Divine Design requirement, students may earn credit hours in general elective courses, declared minors/certificates, or enjoy other experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad, internships, or practicums. Other practicum options include PRAC 1001  (1 credit hour), PRAC 1002   (2 credit hours), PRAC 1003   (3 credit hours), PRAC 1004   (4 credit hours), up to 24 credit hours. General Electives are any college-level course that does not satisfy the above program requirements. Students must complete the above program requirements with the remaining credit hours earned in the Divine Design to meet the total program hours.

Additional State Requirements for Online or Partner Site Students

*Note: Students taking courses online/at an SEU partner site outside of the State of Florida may be subject to additional Foundational Core requirements for degree completion. Some of these requirements are built into your Foundational Core listed above.  Any of the requirements listed below that are not incorporated into the Foundational Core will count towards your Divine Design hours.  State-specific requirements are also specified in the SEU Catalog. Please see your Degree Audit in JICS and work with your Academic Advisor to ensure these requirements are met. 



Area I, Written Composition - 6 Credit Hours

Area II, Humanities and Fine Arts - 12 Credit Hours

* In addition to Foundational Core Discursive Inquiry requirements 



Select one course not taken in Foundational Core



Maryland students need an additional six credit hours in one or more of the following five areas: (i) Arts and humanities; (ii) English composition; (iii) Social and behavioral sciences; (iv) Mathematics; and (v) Biological and physical sciences.



Montana requires 6 credit hours of natural science with a laboratory experience. Students may choose to take BIOL 1334 to complete the requirement or any other science course to meet the credit hour requirement.


3 credit hours needed. The Socio-Historical requirement must be fulfilled by taking PPOL 2433 or by earning credit for one of the following combinations of classes from an accredited Nevada college:  1) HIST 100, 2) PCS 101, 3) HIST 101 and HIST 102, or 4) or HIST 101 and 217.


Ohio students need an additional two credit hours in one or more of the following areas: Oral and Written Communication, Mathematics, Statistics and Logic, Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity, Natural Sciences, Technology and Innovation. 


In addition to the courses listed below, Oklahoma students need an additional 7 credit hours in one ore more of the following:  History, Social Science, Behavioral Science, Humanities, Math, Natural Science, Language, or Fine Arts.

Select One:

Choose one not already chosen for Foundational Core

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