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Mass Communication

The field of Mass Communication is growing like never before. As technology continues to become more innovative, specialized skills in writing, speaking and designing for the mass media are needed. With a mass media background, students can find employment in the print and electronic job markets around the world as a television news anchor, entertainment reporter, play-by-play sports reporter, producer, blogger, magazine editor or web designer.

Students learn from professors with real-world experience and gain skills necessary for careers in television, radio and social media in order to hit the ground running. COD Mass Communication graduates are leaders and innovators in their field. Graduates have received job opportunities and internships from ESPN, B96, 103.5 Kiss FM, ABC TV, PBS and Simon & Schuster.

Mass Communication is the delivery of messages to the general public by using mass media through the press, radio, movies, and television. Mass Communication also involves the study of communicating through cell phones, the internet, iPods, iPads, Kindle devices and more. 

A Mass Communication major gives students the chance to study a broad field and receive a wide arrange of career options in:

  • Advertising
  • Corporate Communications
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing

Most professional writing, speaking and teaching positions in mass media require a bachelor's or a master's degree in journalism or a related field.

The study of Mass Communication opens up many career options throughout business and media. Students who major in Mass Communication are creative thinkers who are interested in writing and communication.

No two days are alike in this exciting and fast-paced career. Mass Communication graduates often find themselves multitasking on a variety of subjects at once. By learning how to tell a story in a variety of platforms, students will feel prepared to create, analyze and share content in a variety of areas.

COD Stories

Bella Michaels

"From the moment I left COD, a lot of amazing things happened that I never thought would have happened, especially not this soon,” she said. “I have gained such great mentors who work at places like ESPN, NBC Sports, Washington Post, Big Ten Network, Stadium and more." - Bella Michaels

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Kimberly Wilson

"I encourage students to get involved on campus. Being on the school newspaper, as well as serving as a new student orientation leader, were transformative experiences and helped to make my time at COD special." - Kimberly Wilson

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Kristin Crowley

"I enrolled in Sandy Fries’ journalism course and grew increasingly interested in the subject. It wasn’t just because of what he was teaching, it was because of his real-world experience in the journalism field." - Kristin Crowley

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Rashmi Shivini

"Since I was on the fence about what I wanted to do, I decided COD would help give me some perspective and I could try out classes to help me decide." - Rashmi Shivni

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Eric Beato

"The professors and teachers I had were absolutely tremendous. COD was hugely beneficial for me. It truly allowed me to get where I wanted to go in my career.” - Eric Beato

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Distinguished Alumni: Jimmy Ray Elliot

Jim Elliot in pool with scuba gear

Jimmy Ray Elliot left his lucrative career in media to launch a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization called Diveheart. His vision was to build confidence and independence in children, adults and veterans with disabilities through the sport of scuba diving. Jim was inspired to create Diveheart after teaching his blind daughter how to downhill ski.

COD was hugely beneficial for me. It truly allowed me to get where I wanted to go in my career.

Eric BeatoMass Communications Graduate

Contact Information

Sandy Fries
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 291, (630) 942-2467

Glenn Glinke, Program Support Specialist
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 169, (630) 942-2892

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219, (630) 942-2048