Mass Communication

Mass Communication


Rose State College’s Mass Communication program prepares students to work in one of many fields within mass communication. Students in the program are fully prepared to transfer to a four-year program and continue work on a degree in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, desktop publishing, advertising, or marketing.

The goal of the Mass Communication Associate in Arts degree is to provide students with necessary coursework to transfer to a mass communication baccalaureate degree program.

Graduates of the Mass Communication program will be able to do the following:

  • Understand mass communication's history, its related terminology, and its role in and impact on modern society.
  • Gather and select information from which to write newsworthy stories at an intermediate level, incorporating Associated Press Style and appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure.
  • Edit stories to conform to Associated Press Style and basic rules of English language.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write headlines and lay out publications at an intermediate level.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of and ability to produce video features suitable for broadcast.

>Why Choose Rose State College?

Not only is Rose State College an affordable and convenient education option for students in the central Oklahoma area, but the College provides a hands-on learning environment for budding reporters, editors, and photographers taught by journalism professionals committed to excellence in teaching. In addition, the small class size, which is typical of the College, permits students and journalism faculty to interact on a much more personal level. Faculty are readily available to help students beyond the classroom and often maintain advisory roles after students have completed their Rose State College degrees.


Value of a Mass Communications Degree 

Numerous opportunities are available to those who earn undergraduate or advanced degrees in mass communications. Some examples include:

  • Print media reporter or editor
  • Blogger
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Broadcast media reporter or photographer
  • Public relations professional
  • Advertising professional

In addition, many students use an undergraduate degree in history as a springboard to law school.


Journalism Faculty

Susan Dawson-O’Brien
Professor of Journalism
B.A. in Mass Communications/Print Journalism, Kansas State University
M.S.J. in Newspaper Management, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism

Office: Communications Center, Room 120
Phone: (405) 733-7518
e-mail: sdawson@rose.edu

Teaching and Research Interests

Pop culture
New media
Photojournalism
Style and editing skills
Learning styles



Journalism Links

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6420 S.E. 15th Street.
Midwest City, OK 73110-2704
Phone: 405-733-ROSE (7673)
Toll Free: 866 621-0987

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