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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Policies & Information

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GPA Policy

Majors must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in all mass media coursework, in addition to the 2.0 overall GPA required by the university for graduation.

Refer to the College regarding required advising for students on academic probation.

P/N Grading Policy

Mass media majors are required to take department courses for a letter grade, except for MASS 498, which must be taken P/N.

Transfer Credit

The department accepts no more than 13 credits from other colleges and universities as transfer credits to be applied toward the major. They must be taken in courses which match or are the equivalent of courses either offered by the department or allowed by it for elective credit.


Opportunities for mass media internships exist on and off campus for majors to work in professional settings. The internship must be done under professional supervision and is taken only after the student has (1) completed MASS 221w, 312, 411 and at least two more 300/400-level MASS courses, one of which must be a writing course, and (2) obtained the written approval of the department's chair. Internship and job opportunities are posted outside Nelson 136, the mass communications office. Refer to the [PDF] Internship Policies and Procedures (255 KiB) and [PDF] Contract . (255 KiB)

Communication Facilities

In addition to fully equipped computerized classrooms, the department has access to a broad range of on-campus facilities that provide students practical experience. Students majoring in mass media and in other fields often contribute to publishing of a student-oriented campus newspaper, The Reporter.

Counseling and Guidance

The key to the department's selective approach to mass media education is its counseling and guidance program. Students are encouraged to meet with their department advisers. Working closely with this faculty person, students develop academic programs that relate to their needs, interests and career aspirations.