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2019-2020

Mass Communications

College of Humanities and Sciences

Concentration(s):
Advertising/Creative and Advertising/Strategic
Program description

The Robertson School of Media and Culture prepares effective and skilled communicators through quality instruction, advising and student services, based on real-world applications. Through research, professional service and scholarship in applied communications, the school advances the knowledge and practice of a multidisciplinary and evolving media environment. The school values truth, ethics, creativity, innovation, collaboration, cultural diversity, shared governance and community engagement.

The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with specialization in one of three concentrations: advertising, journalism and public relations. The school also awards the Master of Science in Mass Communications, with concentrations in the areas of integrated PR and advertising, multimedia journalism, and strategic public relations.



Career opportunities

The concentration in advertising prepares students for careers at advertising agencies, marketing departments of corporations or service organizations and media companies.

Change of major requirements

Must complete MASC 101 and MASC 201 with a C or better and have a cumulative GPA of 2.50; must attend a change of major workshop. Review the RSMC entry requirements, program structure, resources and change of major process here: https://robertson.vcu.edu/undergraduate/advising/change-of-major/.

Email rfroach@vcu.edu for information about eligibility and change of major workshop sign-up.


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Multimedia Artists & Animators
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Retail Sales Management
  • Search Marketing Strategists
  • Social Science Research Assistant
  • Software Developer
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Developer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Advertising & Promotions Manager
  • Advertising/Marketing Firm Executive
  • Consultant
  • Copywriter
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • STAT 210
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5
Department name:
Robertson School of Media and Culture
Building/room location:
Temple, 2nd floor
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-2660
Email:
robertsonsmc@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your CSI self-report, start goal planning, and to discuss tutoring, electives, & degree progression.
  • Take a tour to learn about library spaces, services, & how to get research help.
  • Map out a 4-year course plan in Degree Works' Student Educational Planner.
  • Take MASC 101 and maintain 2.5 GPA.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience.  
  • Explore local Advertising agencies to discover if Creative or Strategic advertising is a fit.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
  • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
  • Take MASC 201 (Fall) and MASC 204 (Spring).
  • Take UNIV 200.
  • File request/petition to declare concentration in MASC 204.
  • Maintain 2.5 GPA (major and cumulative).
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Create a draft resume & come to drop-ins with MASC's Career Development Advisor.
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
  • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
  • Make things like CD covers, copy, logos, strategies, or client questions and post to a blog; compare brands.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Apply to scholarships for next year. Many deadlines are January - March.
  • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Creative Advertising: take MASC 300 (Fall) and 392 and 394 (Spring). Strategic Advertising: complete MASC 398 and 399.
  • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Actively develop your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
  • Take a course that links diversity to your field of study.
  • Join a cultural organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Talk to advisors, faculty, and career services about graduate school versus a job.
  • Create a website.
  • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend a graduation workshop a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
  • For Creative, take MASC 450 and 481 in fall and 451 in spring. For Strategic take MASC 459, 481 and your internship.
  • Become a mentor to a freshman or sophomore Advertising major.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend the annual Portfolio Review event for graduating Advertising majors.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Present at the Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
  • Build intercultural competence by engaging with international students on campus.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Gain practical experience through internships, externships and skill building.
  • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
  • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
  • Gain feedback from professionals on your professional work. Develop/incorporate side project/interests into portfolio.
  • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
  • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2019-2020

Mass Communications

College of Humanities and Sciences

Concentration(s):
Advertising/Creative and Advertising/Strategic
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your CSI self-report, start goal planning, and to discuss tutoring, electives, & degree progression.
  • Take a tour to learn about library spaces, services, & how to get research help.
  • Map out a 4-year course plan in Degree Works' Student Educational Planner.
  • Take MASC 101 and maintain 2.5 GPA.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience.  
  • Explore local Advertising agencies to discover if Creative or Strategic advertising is a fit.
Experience Year 2
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
  • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
  • Take MASC 201 (Fall) and MASC 204 (Spring).
  • Take UNIV 200.
  • File request/petition to declare concentration in MASC 204.
  • Maintain 2.5 GPA (major and cumulative).
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Create a draft resume & come to drop-ins with MASC's Career Development Advisor.
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
  • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
  • Make things like CD covers, copy, logos, strategies, or client questions and post to a blog; compare brands.
  • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Apply to scholarships for next year. Many deadlines are January - March.
  • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
Year 3
  • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Creative Advertising: take MASC 300 (Fall) and 392 and 394 (Spring). Strategic Advertising: complete MASC 398 and 399.
  • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
  • Actively develop your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
  • Take a course that links diversity to your field of study.
  • Join a cultural organization.
  • Talk to advisors, faculty, and career services about graduate school versus a job.
  • Create a website.
  • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
Excel Year 4
  • Attend a graduation workshop a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
  • For Creative, take MASC 450 and 481 in fall and 451 in spring. For Strategic take MASC 459, 481 and your internship.
  • Become a mentor to a freshman or sophomore Advertising major.
  • Attend the annual Portfolio Review event for graduating Advertising majors.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Present at the Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
  • Build intercultural competence by engaging with international students on campus.
  • Gain practical experience through internships, externships and skill building.
  • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
  • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
  • Gain feedback from professionals on your professional work. Develop/incorporate side project/interests into portfolio.
  • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
  • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
  • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.