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Katie Tercek

B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication Major

The objectives of this program go beyond teaching students to write clearly and concisely. Our students will also learn to:

  • craft messages in ways that are appropriate for specific audiences;
  • research critically, filter the results and present them in a cogent manner;
  • have a practical understanding of their chosen field of work;
  • integrate broad-based learning into their professional activities;
  • understand that with their power as communicators comes a moral and ethical responsibility;
  • understand the meaning of citizenship in the context of their professional activities and their personal lives;
  • recognize and overcome biases, prejudices and limited viewpoints (including their own) so that they can communicate effectively in a diverse world. 

Majors take 40 hours of required J/MC courses -- 11 required courses and three J/MC electives. Each student is is assigned a faculty adviser who will review the student's program.

Additional Journalism and Mass Communication requirements for graduation include the completion of 400 internship hours, under the guidance of an internship coordinator.

Majors are eligible for the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C., which carries 12 credits and internship hours; and may also participate in St. Bonaventure's study abroad programs or the Oxford Summer Program.

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    Oct 19, 2017

    Dr. Chris Mackowski
    Professor: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Dr. Chris Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication, has appeared several times on C-SPAN over the past three months. His appearances have been with Emerging Civil War, a consortium of public historians he cofounded in 2011. On July 1, for the anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, Mackowski moderated a panel of historians at Gettysburg Heritage Center. The panel discussed the current state of Civil War public history, including the recent contentious debate about Confederate heritage and monumentation. C-SPAN first aired the discussion on Sept. 30. It can be found on C-SPAN’s website here: On Aug. 5, C-SPAN covered the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge on the Spotsylvania Courthouse battlefield in Virginia. Mackowski served as emcee for the weekend event. C-SPAN aired Saturday’s proceedings live, and it has aired individual talks from Friday and Saturday several times this fall. The line-up of talks can be found on C-SPAN’s website here:

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