Bachelor of Arts
Got something to talk about? Whether you want to learn more effective ways to share a message that’s important to you, or specialize in helping other people communicate theirs, communication is one of the most important aspects of human culture. Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, websites and even face-to-face conversation are all part of the way we share our thoughts, questions and big ideas.
As a mass communication student at MNU, you’ll take courses in public speaking, mass media, interpersonal communication, cross-cultural communication and more, plus hands-on workshops in radio, television, yearbook, newspaper, magazine writing, digital photography and video production. The goal: to learn how to communicate persuasively and effectively in many different contexts, from a one-on-one personal conversation to a public address aimed at thousands of people.
The degree provides a strong foundation for
a wide variety of careers in communication, media, business and education.
Small class sizes and dedicated professors mean you’ll form close relationships with your classmates and teachers, encouraging a collaborative environment and active participation.
Newspaper, yearbook, television, radio, even a literary magazine – whatever your interests are, you can explore them at MNU with participation in our campus media outlets.
Clubs & Organizations
The Trailblazer Times
The official student newspaper of MidAmerican University is published both online and in-print, written and edited by students. Pen an editorial, report on campus news, or serve as editor – it’s the tried-and-true way to developing publishing skills and build your resume for your future job.
MNU’s student yearbook offers another avenue for participation. Students manage the publication from start to finish, including writing, editing, photography and production.
M Magazine aims to be the voice of MNU’s student body. Whether that voice is heard through poetry, a feature article on our country’s political state, or through a viral YouTube video. Students are given the opportunity to ask the difficult questions, debate stances and develop their worldview through writing.
Streaming on Channel 18, KMNU is MidAmerica’s campus radio station, providing both entertainment and information. Students fill in as DJ’s, play their favorite music and have a great time! Sign up for your own slot and help shape the voice of MNU.
TV2 is MidAmerica’s on-campus television network. For communication students—and anyone else who wants to get involved—it’s a fantastic avenue for hands-on experience with shooting, directing, producing, editing and all the work that goes into running a successful media outlet. TV2 features several weekly shows plus periodical special features.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Communication students are eligible for a few unique awards:
- Melinda Ablard Smith journalism award
- Michelle Howard journalism award
Internships help students gain hands-on experience, professional contacts and great prospects for a future job. And MNU’s communication students have held an impressive variety of internships at many professional locations, including:
- American Cancer Society
- Angel Flight
- Attig Photography
- Chieftain/Basehor Sentinel Newspaper
- First National Bank
- Gary Morsch for Congress office
- Harmon Smith Advertising
- Heart to Heart International
- Holiday Inn, Impact Design
- J.C. Nichols Residential Real Estate
- KCWJ AM Radio, KLJC 88.5 Radio
- KMBZ Sports
- KRBZ 96.5 Radio
- KSHB-TV 41
- KU Medical Center
- KYYS 99.7 Radio
- Leukemia Society
- Melissa Stevens Modeling Agency
- Mid America Regional Council
- Olathe Chamber of Commerce
- Platinum Broadcasting
- Premier Studios
- Saving Grace Productions
- Special Olympics
- Star 102 Radio
- The Olathe Daily News
- Williams Chiropractic Clinic
- Wyandotte West Communications
- Young Country Q104 Radio
A degree in Mass Communication will provide you with practical, flexible skills in writing, editing, publishing, media and more. These skills are valuable assets in many fields, so graduates have numerous career options:
- Advertising professional
- Community relations representative
- Human relations professional
- Marketing professional
- News anchor
- Newspaper or magazine columnist
- Newspaper or magazine reporter
- Public relations specialist
- Publishing industry professional
- Radio announcer
- Sales representative
- Speech writer
- Television or radio producer
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