Prepare tomorrow's media professionals, today: that's what we do.

The Department of Mass Media offers classes in advertising, multimedia journalism, public relations, video and film producation, and media management. It’s a place where you’ll learn from experienced industry professionals while earning a degree that will equip you for a career that matters. And did we mention that you might win a few awards along the way?

Academic Programs

Find the degree in mass media that will help you find the job that fits your passion. With options in advertising, multimedia journalism, public relations, and TV/Film and an online option in media management, we’ll teach how to connect with audiences and employers.

Mass Media Degree Options

  • Advertising

    Create imaginative messages and images to promote products, services, and ideas. Learn more.
  • Multimedia Journalism

    Create dynamic news content and visuals for delivery across multiple media platforms. Learn more.
  • Public Relations

    Create strategic messages and visuals to connect organizations and the public. Learn more.
  • TV/Film

    Create, edit, and direct narrative scripts for sports and film productions. Learn more.

Online Mass Media Programs

Manage and oversee an organization’s creative media strategy from beginning to distribution to evaluating performance. Choose a Media for Managers certificate to gain new skills or a Media Management bachelors degree option.

Earn your degree and national recognition: you’ll do that here.

  • 6

    Awards given to Arrow staffers in national college media competitions in 2021 and 2022.

    Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State, has been honored with six national awards in competitions since 2021.

  • 12

    Years of hosting the Fault Line Film Festival.

    The Fault Line Film Festival is the annual narrative short film competition for university and high school students held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

  • 1

    Student-run strategic media agency.

    SE Creative gives advertising and public relations students the chance to develop their skills in an agency setting and work on real projects with actual clients.

  • 70+

    Live recordings shown on the local CBS affiliate

    TV/Film majors develop more than 70 public affairs and entertainment programs for broadcast on local TV stations annually.

Learn While Doing

With dedicated creative spaces, student organizations, and student productions, you will get your hands on the tools of your trade and learn in exciting places outside of the classroom.

Rust Center for Media

With more than 13,000 square feet of creative space, the Rust Center for Media has the production studios, podcast booths, newsroom, and classroom space to prepare you for a career in media.

Pro on the Go Initiative

Students taking classes within the Department of Mass Media that are at the 300-level and above are required to have either a laptop computer capable of running the full Adobe Creative Suite software for use in the classroom during class time.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Matter to Us!

In the Holland College of Arts & Media, it is important to us that you feel seen and heard for who you are.

Accreditations

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

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University is to prepare our students to ethically and effectively lead, influence and craft media communications in an increasingly converged, diverse, interactive and global media environment.

By emphasizing student-centered and experiential learning through innovative curricula, the Department works in collaboration with media partners to prepare individuals to be critical, creative and independent thinkers who, based on research, can write and produce media communications that are effective and ethical using appropriate application of tools and technologies. In order to do this, students must appreciate and respect the values of freedom of speech and press, the history and role of media communications, diversity in a global society and the practical application of theories, legal and ethical issues in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.

Your Success Matters to Us!

Study in a department that will invest in your success. It matters to us that you finish your degree. View the graduation and retention data now to see how we’re helping students prosper.

Contact Us
Location
Office
Grauel Building, 016
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 2775
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701