MCOM is the essence of the liberal arts in one dept. We’ve got it all: gather information, evaluate the sources, communicate the information in a variety of platforms with a foundation in law, history, economics, and writing! Back to the future. Those skills and understanding never go out of style.
Dr. Teresa Keller, Emory & Henry Mass Communications Department
Read more about why a degree in mass communications is increasingly valuable to your future.
Our graduates thrive in their careers because:
They are grounded in the liberal arts.
Both the College and the Mass Communications Department at Emory & Henry operate in the finest of liberal arts traditions. You will gain strong writing and critical thinking skills plus an understanding of modern media issues. With a well-rounded academic background, combined with strong media skills, you will be ready to grow and succeed in the professional world.
They are prepared for the changing media industry.
In today’s media world, reporters often must cover events for both print and electronic media. Meanwhile, public relations specialists must know how to write, design, persuade, utilize video, and build Web sites. And most media specialists move around during the course of their career. Our alumni continually praise our program for the diverse skills and knowledge that they acquired which prepared them for their challenging, successful and changing careers.
Rich Media Experience
Part of the rich educational opportunity for mass communications majors at Emory & Henry is the number of media outlets in which you can participate.
- The Whitetopper, student newspaper
- The Sphinx, student yearbook
- WEHC-FM, 90.7, the college & community station
- EHC-TV, departmental television studio
- EHCWired.com, departmental news web site
Many of our students also find media-related work experience on and off campus. While one internship is required for the mass communications degree, some of our majors work in a variety of professional settings before they graduate.
More Career Choices
The B.A. in Mass Communications prepares students for careers in journalism (print, TV, radio, and Web) and persuasive communication (public relations and advertising). Students learn how to communicate visually through graphic design, and they develop creative production skills for radio, television, and film. Our graduates then secure rewarding jobs across the region and the country, while their broad-based education positions them for career advancement and growth.
Our graduates have an excellent track record in landing outstanding jobs. They work in local institutions such as Abingdon’s famed Barter Theatre and Bristol’s WCYB-TV, but they also find jobs in the national market—from news organizations in major metro markets to television and film companies in southern California. Some of the jobs held by our alumni include the editor of a daily newspaper in Maine, the sales manager of a cable television company in Florida, and key positions in advertising and public relations along the East Coast with hospitals, universities, businesses, chambers of commerce. Our graduates often find their way to top management in business and nonprofit organizations.
While getting good jobs is par for our alums, they also excel in their fields. Among our stand-out graduates are:
- four Emmy winners,
- a two-time Pulitzer-Prize nominee, and
- a variety of statewide and industry-wide award winners.
These stellar professionals have been recognized not only for their excellent expertise in writing, design, public relations, and video work, but also for their commitment to covering the important issues affecting their communities and our culture.
Strong involvement in our program doesn’t end at graduation. Our alums remain active contributors to the excellence of our curriculum by offering not only financial donations, but also their valuable gifts of time. Our students benefit from the attention of alums when they return to attend special events, speak to classes, lead workshops, advise students on career decisions, and develop internship opportunities.
Jay Webb (’99) is now Chief Meteorologist at WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg. He holds an Emmy from his 2008 coverage at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke of a prolonged southwest and central Virginia storm.
Emory is the only place I ever wanted to go to college, and the framework for the Emmy was laid in the classrooms at Emory & Henry.
Jay Webb, ’99
Olivia Bailey, ’14
Mass Communications Major
This department has built not only my confidence, but my character. My professors and my fellow students have challenged me to be a better communicator by helping me to think critically about the issues of the day. With its strong foundation in the liberal arts, the Mass Communications Department at Emory & Henry has also provided me with the skills and the confidence to succeed in the marketplace.
Olivia Bailey, ’14