What Can I Do With a Major In Mass Communication?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about the mass communication major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and journalism majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong written and verbal communication skills, research and information-gathering abilities, the ability to assess and present in different media, and comfort with deadline pressures.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "ASE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below. 

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Communications & Media

Internships

  • Editorial Intern, The Society Pages

Entry-Level

  • Media Analyst, Compass Point Media

Experienced

  • Media Researcher, NBC
  • Director of Analytics, Havas Worldwide

Graduate Programs

  • MA in Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
Education

Internships

  • Tutor, Lindahl Academic Center
  • Communications & Engagement Intern, Housing & Residential Life
  • Research Assistant, University of Minnesota

Entry-Level

  • Student Services Specialist, University of Minnesota

Experienced

  • Research & Instruction Librarian, University of St. Thomas*
  • Professor, University of Minnesota*
Government & Law

Internships

  • Intern, U.S. Senate
  • Court Monitor Intern, WATCH (now Advocates for Human Rights)
  • Minnesota Student Association, President

Entry-Level

  • Policy Analyst, Minnesota Department of Human Services*
  • Project Assistant, Johnson Becker PLLC
  • Law Clerk, Grell Feist*
  • Deputy Campaign Manager, Neighbors for Ilhan Omar

Experienced

  • Communications Director, MN Department of Agriculture
  • Law Clerk, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy*
  • Political Director, TakeAction Minnesota

Graduate Programs

  • JD, University of Minnesota
  • JD, Vermont Law School
  • JD, Mitchell Hamline
  • MPP, University of Minnesota

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.