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The B.A. in News & Sports Communication prepares you to enter a contemporary media organization as a news or sports anchor, reporter, writer, producer, or editor; to explore options in the esports industry; or to identify opportunities to create their own content they will market as freelancers or entrepreneurs. 

You will develop real-world expertise honing the writing and digital skills needed to produce content relevant to today's audiences, while also learning to become leaders within diverse newsrooms. Supplement your in-class learning with RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, RMU Radio, and RMU TV, and through networking opportunities available through student-led and national organizations. For your capstone course, you will work with faculty to assemble an electronic portfolio of your best professional-level work that is critiqued and ready to be shared with potential employers.

Contact Information

Petros G. Malakyan, Ph.D.
Department Head, Communication and Organizational Leadership

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • COMM1500 Ethics, Technology and Culture (core)
  • NSSC 1000 Media and Society or NSSC/COMM2010 Comm and Sport (required)
  • RMU Core (CSEN1010 or CSEN1020)
  • RMU Core (HUMA1010 or1015)
  • RMU Core (PSYC1010 or SOC1010)

Freshman Year, Spring

  • NSSC1500 Media Writing and Reporting I (required; formerly JRNL2035)
  • 1st course in the minor
  • RMU Core (CSEN1020 or CSCM1030)
  • RMU Core (Science/multiple options)
  • RMU Core (PSYC1010 or SOC1010)

Sophomore Year, Fall

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • NSSC2500 Media Writing and Reporting II (required; formerly JRNL3030)
  • NSSC Elective
  • 3rd course in the minor
  • RMU Core (CSCM2040 or CSCM2050)
  • RMU Core (ECON1010 or ECON1015)

Junior Year, Fall

  • COMM2900 Research Methods in COMM (revised COMM3950) (core)
  • NSSC/ORGL3700 Communication and Leadership (required)
  • Open Elective
  • 4th course in the minor
  • RMU Core (INFS1020)

Junior Year, Spring

  • NSSC3500 Interaction of News, Politics and Media (required) OR NSSC/JRNL3085 Interaction of Sports, Politics and Media (required)
  • NSSC Elective
  • NSSC Elective
  • 5th course in the minor
  • RMU Core (ELIT/multiple options)

Senior Year, Fall

  • NSSC/JRNL4000 Investigative Reporting OR NSSC/JRNL3065 Sports Reporting (Required)
  • RMU Core (HIST or POLS)
  • 6th course in the minor
  • NSSC Elective
  • Open Elective

Senior Year, Spring

  • NSSC/JRNL4010 Mass Media Capstone (required)
  • NSSC Elective
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Broadcast and Online Reporting
Communication and Sports
Interaction of News, Politics and Media
Major Credits
Journalism, Communications, English
Core Credits
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits

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