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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
malakyan@rmu.edu
412-397-6302

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
48
Journalism, Communications, English
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
33

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