Department of Mass Communication

Xavier’s Department of Mass Communication is a distinguished and expansive part of the University’s academic profile that provides opportunities to study in two different areas of Mass Communication: Broadcasting, and Strategic Communication and Public Relations. Students receive practical experience in addition to a theoretical foundation. Dedicated and engaged faculty help prepare students for employment in various fields of Mass Communication and for success in graduate and professional schools. Students can major or minor in Mass Communication. While each concentration has its own goals, the Department has established a common mission to:

  • prepare students to become effective and ethical mass communication professionals in a diverse and global society;
  • train students in problem solving and higher-level critical thinking skills;
  • amplify students’ proficiency in the discipline and industry languages of the mass communication profession; and
  • prepare students to become competitively marketable practitioners or proficient in professional/graduate school.


Professional and Academic Organizations

Public Relations Society of America 

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world's largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession. We also advocate for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services, and act as one of the industry's leading voices on the important business and professional issues of our time.

Press Club 

The Press Club strives to balance its endeavors among the profession, the educational, and the social to promote and improve the field of journalism and its related professions through professional development.



Louisiana Broadcasters

Louisiana broadcasters are looking for the best of the best. Up to $4,000 is available to Louisiana broadcasting students to help enhance or put the finishing touches on an education and career in broadcasting.


National Association of Black Journalists 

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. We seek to advance the public relations profession by nurturing generations of future professionals. We advocate rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession.

Xavier Television (XTV)

This student-run operation broadcasts on the local cable public access channel. Students produce professional style telecasts during each semester. Such shows include: XU Factor, X-Cuse U, XTV News One, and Campus Connection.

The Herald

The Xavierite

Xavier University's yearbook, The Xavierite, is also housed in the Department of Communications. Students from all majors and disciplines work on the yearbook as designers, photographers, and copy editors and writers. Students are responsible for artistic designs, including the overall theme, cover, endsheets and sections. Students work year-round to produce the Xavierite and ensure it is a quality product that positively reflects Xavier's student body, mission, and founder St. Katharine Drexel.

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