Major in Mass Communication


Students of Mass Communication will explore visual-design, photographic image-making, written, broadcast and web-based multi-media processes using the most advanced computer-software, technologies and equipment in upgraded facilities.

Mass Communication students get hands-on experience by working with student organizations such as Shutterbuzz Photography Club, Swarm Advertising Solutions, Public Relations Club and the award-winning student newspaper The Jacket Journal.  Students also explore converged online media by working on and at the newly upgraded photo studios and computer labs, as well as campus television and radio stations. Students participate in a full array of active internships and jobs-leading-to-careers, locally to internationally.

At BHSU, faculty-and-student partnerships are common in work on creative projects and research studies. Faculty have all been – and still are – working professionals in the communication field and well-published, well-displayed academics. The Mass Communication curriculum keeps up with the latest innovations and trends in the communications and technology industries to fill professional positions from art to business and news reporting to film-making.

Students enjoy a high level of career placement upon graduation due to the high demand for knowledgeable and highly skilled professionals in the viable and growing Mass Communication job market.

A minor is required for Mass Communication majors.

Graphic Communication

Integrated Media

Journalism Certificate


Public Relations

Science Communication

Sports Media

Social Media Certificate

Mass Communication Faculty

Steve BabbittSchool of Arts and HumanitiesProfessor, Mass Communication(605)642-6769
Mary Caton-RosserSchool of Arts and HumanitiesProfessor, Mass Communications(605)642-6422
Scott ClarkeSchool of Arts and HumanitiesAssociate Professor, Digital Communication(605)642-6750
Gina GibsonSchool of Arts and HumanitiesProfessor, Digital Communication(605)642-6007
Jerry RawlingsSchool of Arts and HumanitiesAssociate Professor, Mass Communication(605)642-6391
Tim StecklineSchool of Arts and HumanitiesProfessor, Speech(605)642-6085
Annie WoodleSchool of Arts and HumanitiesAdjunct Instructor(605)545-4228

Clubs and Organizations

  • Jacket Journal and
    Get involved with BHSU's award-winning Jacket Journal newspaper. The Jacket Journal newspaper is a student organization and all students are welcome to participate regardless of their major or emphasis. The MCOM 495 Practicum class and the Jacket Journal staff produce a hard-copy newspaper as well as the online version The class is open to any student on campus regardless of their major or emphasis. Editorial, production, photography, and advertising staff positions are available each semester. Writers are always welcome to submit news and features. Photographs, graphics and comics are also accepted for review and possible inclusion. The newspaper offers the opportunity for forum and discussion, and encourages articles offering diverse voices, news from all colleges, departments, and programs, and Letters to the Editor as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about Jacket Journal contact Mary Caton-Rosser
  • KBHU-FM 89.1 & 90.7 - The Buzz
    Black Hills State University's student run organization, 89.1 & 90.7 FM The Buzz. Bringing the best and only alternative to Spearfish, SD and the surrounding areas. Students from any background or major are welcome to be part of the fast growing and popular culture of radio broadcasting. For more information please contact Scott Clarke.
    Provides opportunities for students to experience television broadcasting by servicing the campus with informational and entertaining programs. The BHTV studio is located on the lower level of the E.Y. Berry Library. For more information please contact Scott Clarke.
  • Public Relations Club
    BHSU Public Relations Club is a professional development group for students focused on career enhancement, community involvement, conferencing, competition and networking for internships and careers across the country. The group has regional and national affiliations that provide many opportunities for students working with Public Relations Society of America. Check out the group on Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact Mary Caton-Rosser
  • Shutter Buzz
    Shutterbuzz is a student-run organization that brings photographers together. Whether you are a photography major or simply someone who enjoys photography as a hobby you are welcome to join. You can get involved in trips, fundraisers, and small adventures for photographers at every level. Contact Steve Babbitt for more information about Shutter Buzz


Internships play a vital role in the advancement of students' careers and personal skills. Students are able to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom by taking part in internships with local to international businesses and organizations. There are many exciting internships available for each emphasis within the Mass Communication major.


Black Hills State University offers state of the art facilities across campus. We have some of the best resources and equipment for photographers in the region. Not only do the Black Hills offer a beautiful backdrop for any artist, we also offer studios and labs to create your perfect print.

Our labs feature both Macintosh and PC computers and we are always updating our software. Our labs now have the newest Adobe software and we are here to help you use technology as you attain your degree. Whether you are creating an interactive presentation, designing a logo for your future business, editing a photo in the digital lab, or producing a video – you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips on campus.