Do more than watch the news. Break the stories that make a difference.

A multimedia journalism degree prepares you for all facets of journalistic storytelling – writing, design, podcasting, photography, and on- and off-screen video. You’ll work with veteran media professionals in small-class settings. In addition, you’ll gain real-world experience working for our award-winning student media.

What You’ll Do  

As a multimedia journalism major at Southeast, you’ll gain incredible real-world learning experience in a program accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). 

  • Learn to create dynamic news content and visuals for delivery across multiple media platforms. 
  • Build production skills while using industry-standard tools. 
  • Have opportunities to work for professional publications and local media partners. 
  • Build your portfolio while working for SEMO’s award-winning student newspaper, The Arrow. 

Outcomes & Careers

  • 95%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Mass Media report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation. 

     

  • $73k

    Reporter

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a reporter is $72,880. 

     

  • $72k

    Editor

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an editor is $71,540. 

  • $55k

    Photographer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a photographer is $54,910. 

     

KRCU

Mass Media students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience at KRCU, Southeast Missouri State University's NPR News and Classical Music public radio station. It includes three stations that provide in-depth news and quality music programming to over 350,000 people in its service region.

What You'll Study

As a multimedia journalism major, you’ll learn how to work in today’s ever changing media industry. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 45 senior division hours. A minor is required.

Multimedia Journalism Option – 45 hours – Minor Required

NOTE: Within the 120 hours it takes to complete a BS in Mass Communication, students must complete a minimum of 75 hours outside of the MC prefix.

NOTE: Students taking classes within the Department of Mass Media that are at the 300 level and above will be required to have a MacBook laptop computer for use in the classroom during class time.

Required Core Courses:

  • MC001 Exit Interview (0)
  • MC101 Media and Society (3)
  • MC221 Digital Media Production (3)
  • MC301 Media Analytics (3)
  • MC304 Media Diversity (3)
  • MC382 Media History (3)
  • MC401 Media Law (3)
  • MCxxx Elective (3)
  • MCxxx Elective (3)

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each core course except MC001 which is a credit/no credit course.

Multimedia Journalism Option:

  • MC002 Arrow Lab (0)
  • MC320 Media News (3)
  • MC322 Design for Media (3)
  • MC323 Media Audio Production (3)
  • MC327 Media Visual Production (3)
  • MC331 Strategic Writing (3)
  • MC421 Media Storytelling (3)
  • MC429 Media Management (3)
A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each option course except MC002 which is a credit/no credit course.

Required Support Course - choose 3 hours:

  • MA123 Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling (3)
  • MA155 Statistical Reasoning (3)
A grade of 'C' or better is required.

Required Minor - 15 hours (minimum)

  • Students may choose any minor program of study.
“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • MA123 or MA155 (3) 
  • MC101 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • MC221 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Admission to the Mass Communication program after the second semester. 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • MC331 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • MC002 (0) 
  • MC301 (3) 
  • MC320 (3) 
  • MC322 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • Minor/Elective (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA and 2.25 major GPA. 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • MC002 (0) 
  • MC304 (3) 
  • MC323 (3) 
  • MC327 (3)
  • Minor/Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • MC002 (0)
  • MC382 (3) 
  • MC421 (3) 
  • MC Elective (3) 
  • Minor/Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA and 2.25 major GPA. 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • MC002 (0)
  • MC401 (3) 
  • MC429 (3) 
  • Minor/Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (14 Hours) 

  • MC001 (0) 
  • MC Elective (3)
  • Minor/Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (2) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA and 2.25 major GPA. 

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Become a Redhawk.

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Accreditations

  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) logo
  • Public Relations Society of America logo

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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