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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Fall 2018 schedule

Starting the major or minor

MASS221W Basic Writing for Mass Media is the first class that all Mass Media majors and minors, as well as Film and Media Studies majors, take in the program. It offers foundational writing practice and information that forms the basis of the style of writing that takes place in other Mass Media classes.

MASS221W has pre-requisites: ENG101 and MASS110, with a 3.0 (B) average between the two.

To get into a section of MASS221W: 

  • MASS110 and ENG101 are required, with a “B” (3.0) average between the two. Overall GPA is also considered in determining admission status.
  • If you are currently enrolled in either ENG101 or MASS110 or both, you can still register for MASS221W for next semester using e-Services. The department will verify your grades in those courses at the end of the semester. If you do not meet the 3.0 GPA, you will lose your spot in MASS221W and won't be able to register again until that 3.0 requirement between ENG101 and MASS110 is met.
  • Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If a section is full by the time you register, you can place yourself on a waitlist within e-Services.

At times, instructors may give permission for students to take another MASS class simultaneously with MASS221W. These courses may include MASS233, MASS290 and MASS412. Contact your advisor for more information.

The Department of Mass Media retains the right to waive these admission requirements in exceptional cases. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements as stated above may petition the faculty, in writing, to seek admission to the program.

Mass media majors or minors are required to take department courses for a letter grade (except for the internship, which is a P/NC course). To qualify for a mass media degree, majors must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in all mass media courses. In addition, they must earn the 2.0 overall GPA required by the university for graduation.

Required core courses, electives and prerequisites are detailed in other department handouts and in the [PDF] MSU Undergraduate Bulletin (43 KiB). For further assistance, send an e-mail message to or call the department office at 507-389-6417.

Admission requirements also located here:  [PDF] Dept of Mass Media Admission Requirements (135 KiB)

Study Abroad opportunities

MNSU partners with several universities abroad allowing students to pay MNSU tuition. A list of these universities can be found here. Please check with your advisor for more information.