Department of Mass Communications


The mass communication major offers students a wide liberal arts background and a core of communications courses that prepare students for either graduate school or positions in the media industry. Mass Communication majors follow a curriculum designed to allow students to concentrate in one of two areas of mass communication: multimedia, public relations, or strategic communication.

Students primarily interested in broadcasting may prepare video projects in the department's television studio for cablecast over XTV and become members of X Radio. Those who wish to pursue careers in print media can earn valuable experience on the Xavier Herald, the only student newspaper from a Historically Black College that is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame. Students also have the opportunity to complete internships at media outlets such as a radio or television station, newspaper, magazine, or an advertising or public relations agency. Students are expected to compile a portfolio for use in their job search following graduation.

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“Blackhaven” is a newly-developed historically-themed video game that explores themes of confronting truth in an unwelcome historical space. Under the direction of Dr. Shearon Roberts, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications and faculty member in African American and Diaspora Studies, a group of Xavier students partnered with University of Connecticut Professor James Coltrain to craft the personality of the game’s main character, “Kendra,” a sophomore at a historically Black college interning at the fictional Blackhaven Hall Historical Society.

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New Orleans, LA – NBCUniversal News Group selects Xavier University of Louisiana as one of the HBCUs to launch NBCU Academy, a new, innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students. The initiative includes a curated onsite curriculum for hands-on learning experience with world-class NBCU News Group journalists, and funding for accredited journalism programs and scholarships.

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