Mass Communication

Welcome to the Department of Mass Communication! We offer majors and minors in four different, but closely related, areas of the Mass Communication field. A major in Mass Communication will give you the practical skills and expertise needed to launch your career in one or more of the following areas:

  • Advertising: work for ad agencies or marketing departments, or do freelance work/consulting
  • Journalism: seek a career in print, TV, radio, web-based or multi-media news
  • Public Relations: represent nonprofit, government, private or corporate organizations, or do freelance PR
  • Creative Digital Media: work in digital content creation including video production, interactive media, and game design.

No matter which area you choose, you can take nearly any of our excellent courses. You'll learn practical skills in a hands-on environment such as print, interactive and game design as well as audio, video and digital production, while honing your writing and social media skills.

In addition, we offer courses that expand your depth of knowledge of mass communication such as media history, research, ethics and law. Get excited about special topics courses such as electronic literature, documentary film-making, creativity and innovation, or aerial photography.

Phelps Hall will be your workspace: use a modern TV studio, our own KQAL radio station, an audio lab, high-end workstations, photo studio, darkroom and a wide range of photography and video equipment for checkout.

Our faculty members have industry and academic experience. They are engaged in scholarship, creative endeavors and projects with student learning in mind. Staff members will help you with equipment, internships and extracurricular activities. You will work closely with real clients in real situations on real campaigns, publications and productions. We will challenge you, support your learning and give you tools for creativity. You can expect personal advising, practical experiences, portfolio-worthy projects and a new network of friends, mentors and colleagues.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about the Mass Communication Department or major, career options for those with a Mass Communication major or any of our course offerings. I am always happy to help, and I hope to see you on campus and in the halls of Phelps soon.


Dr. Tanya Ryan
Chairperson, Mass Communication
126 Phelps Hall, Winona State University
Winona, MN 55987-5838
507.457.2603 /