Welcome to the Department of Mass Communication

THE DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION'S mission, reflected in its focus on a broad-based education, is to prepare students for careers in industries requiring mass communication skills and to be successful contributing members of society.

The faculty strives to help students develop professional skills and values needed for successful careers in mass-media-related fields, while acquiring a base of general knowledge and developing critical thinking skills.

Faculty members work to insure that skills courses reflect current industry standards. Students are strongly encouraged to set up internships and acquire professional experience in traditional course work through service-learning projects, practicums and projects involving media or public relations organizations.


Core (required of all majors)

MACO 101 – Survey of Mass Communication
MACO 230 – Visual Communication
MACO 251 – Writing for Mass Communication
MACO 252 – News Reporting
MACO 321 – Information Technology for Mass Communication
MACO 370 – Mass Communication Law and Ethics (FALL ONLY)
MACO 390 – Internship OR MACO 388 Practicum
MACO 490 – Digital Media Convergence (Capstone course)  


MACO 322 – Publication Design
MACO 326 – News Editing (SPRING ONLY)
MACO 362 – Broadcast Media Workshop (SPRING ONLY)
MACO 401 – Broadcast Journalism (FALL ONLY)
MACO 451 – Features (FALL ONLY)
MACO 455 – Public Affairs Reporting (SPRING ONLY)
9 hours of MACO Electives

Public Relations

MACO 317 – Public Relations Writing (FALL ONLY)
MACO 322 – Publication Design
MACO 330 – Public Relations
MACO 430 – Public Relations Practice and Case Studies (FALL ONLY)
MACO 440 – Public Relations Campaigns (SPRING ONLY)
9 hours of MACO Electives


MACO 101 – Survey of Mass Communication
MACO 251 – Writing for Mass Communication
MACO 370 – Mass Communication Law and Ethics
9 hours of MACO Electives 

All MACO majors must choose a minor outside of the major or choose from the following, approved general electives:

Note: At least 12 hours must be at the 300-level or above

  • Any Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Finance, French, Geography, Government, History, Humanities, Math, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish or Speech
  • Any Art or English course at the 200-level or above
  • Any Fine Arts Course at the 300-level or above
  • Nursing 307, 311, 352, 360

Preapproved Electives for Mass Communication Majors

MNGT 301     Management of Organizational and Behavioral Processes
MNGT 305     Entrepreneurship
MNGT 367     Human Resources Management
MNGT 370     Human Relations and Interpersonal Skills
MNGT 420     Multinational Management
MNGT 470     Organizational Structure and Behavior

MKTG 300     Marketing
MKTG 320     Professional Selling
MKTG 360     Customer Behavior
MKTG 450     Advertising
MKTG 470     Services Marketing
MKTG 480     New Product Development

Business Administration
BSAD 101       Introduction to American Business

Interdisciplinary Studies
IDST 201        Bayou Region Field Explorations

Computer Science
CMPS 125      Introduction to Website Design
CMPS 250      Introduction to Web 2.0 Tools
CMPS 340      Intermediate Website Design
CMPS 470      Website Design Capstone


The Mass Communications Department introduces their convergence media center in Talbot Hall, which brings all student media into the building for the first time. This will allow students from all platforms to work more collaboratively and in an environment like they will find in the professional world.

It will help them produce improved content across those platforms (KNSU-TV, KNSU-FM, The Nicholls Worth and La Pirogue), thereby better serving their audiences.




MACO Student Team Ranks in National Journalism Competition

The Hearst Journalism Awards program Tuesday morning, June 2, announced that Nicholls State University placed 20th in the national Team Multimedia Competition – Digital News/Enterprise …

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Fall 2019 Speech Forum Debater Try-Outs

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MACO Events

Speech Forum Spring 2019 Results

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MACO Department aims to build convergence media center with help from “Give-N-Day” campaign

The MACO Department is aiming higher with this year’s annual “Give-N-Day” campaign with the goal of bringing campus media home and creating one of the …

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Spring 2018 Speech Forum

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Vote on Spring Speech Forum Topics

Anthem, gun laws, and President Trump among potential speech forum topics — Nicholls students will have the opportunity to vote on the topic to be …

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Speech Forum Nov. 8

Don’t miss our fall speech forum Wednesday, Nov. 8, where students will debate if university decision-making should include all relevant student organizations, including SGA.

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  • Writer and producer of documentaries for the History Channel, A & E, and the Discovery Channel
  • Senior producer with the promotions department of Fox 59 WXIN and WTTZ in Indianapolis
  • International broadcaster for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C.
  • Founder of Defining Image, which creates custom training programs, communication pieces, videotapes, writes training manuals, and produces commercials
  • Director of student media University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Producer, TV commercials for Cox Media in New Orleans Online and visual effects editor for the Storyville Post in New Orleans for such clients as the New Orleans Saints, Zatarain’s, Red Lobster, Louisiana Office of Tourism, and many other regional and national clients
  • Reporter/Photographer/Producer for Newstalk 10 for HTV
  • Senior reporter for WGNO Television in New Orleans
  • Talk show host for WGNO Television in New Orleans
  • News anchor for WGNO Television in New Orleans
  • Northshore Bureau Coordinator for WWL-TV in New Orleans, LA
  • Broadcast, PR and makeup for AMS Production Company in Dallas, TX
  • Director of Student Media and Publications at Tulane University
  • News anchor at HTV in Houma
  • Copy editor at the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Copy editor for the Louisville Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY
  • Reporter for the Miami Herald
  • Page one editor of the Wall Street Journal
  • Communications Director for a Hispanic newspaper called Mundo Hispano
  • Creator and director of the button website (Dallas Morning News)
  • News editor in the Business and Features sections at The Times-Picayune and copy editor for the paper’s weekly edition of InsideOut
  • Reporter for the Houma Daily Courier
  • Design and layout for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries in Baton Rouge as a Publications Officer
  • Editing and layout of the Louisiana Conservationist magazine
  • Graphic designer for the Louisiana Department of Education
  • Public Information Officer for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Public Relations Coordinator for the Ritz-Carlton in Little Rock, AR
  • Executive director of the Louisiana Bar Association(LBA)
  • Communications Coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Baton Rouge
  • Public relations associate for Rafael Bermudez & Associates in Baton Rouge
  • Public relations manager for Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport
  • Director of Communications for the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement and director of development at Nicholls State University
  • Executive Director of Restore or Retreat at Nicholls State University
  • Public Information Specialist in the Office of University Relations at Nicholls State
  • Director of Promotions for Warner Bros Television
  • Marketing and Advertising Coordinator for the Army Community Service Center in Schweinfurt, Germany
  • Creative Supervisor for Creative Marketing Sales, Inc.
  • National Casino Marketing Coordinator for Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans, LA
  • Marketing Director at BOSS Industries
  • Director of Marketing for the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Founder of KSM Advertising, L.L.C., a full service advertising agency that offers Television and Radio Production, Design, Media Placement, Marketing and Public Relations
  • Executive Director for Louisiana Oil Marketers and Convenience Store Association in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Marketing Coordinator for the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.
  • Director of Marketing for auxiliary services at Nicholls State
  • Novelist
  • Senior producer at Towers Production in Chicago
  • Human Resource Analyst for the Department of Corrections headquarters in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Financial planner for McMakin Financial, a subsidiary of Sanders, Morris, Harris Group (SMHG) in Houston, TX
  • Working with Averett College in admissions
  • Photographer’s assistant
  • Surplus lines insurance broker selling commercial property and casualty insurance to independent Louisiana & Mississippi agents
  • Executive Editor of HOUMA.COM
  • Grants Administrator for Houma Regional Arts
  • Dean of Students at LaSalle University in Kansas City
  • Motor Vehicle Compliance Analyst 4 for the OMV Mobile Customer Service Center
  • Instructor in the Department of Languages and Literature and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Center at Nicholls State University
  • Full-service eBay Trading Assistant and doing retail sales via the Web sites, and his own http://www.dudestuff
  • Regional manager of contracting and network development for Tenet Healthcare
  • Trainer and course writer for the Army’s tactical Internet system
  • Assistant professor of English at East Carolina University


acejmc logoThe Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities.


“I’m firmly convinced that, were it not for Nicholls, I would never have been able to afford to attend college and thus, ultimately, wouldn’t have been able to secure the college credentials that allowed me to move ahead in my career.”

Runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in reporting in 1982 and has written five novels and three books of non-fiction. Currently he is with an investigative unit of Bloomberg News.


Public Relations Society of America

Radio Television Digital News Association

Society of Professional Journalists

Kappa Tau Alpha (Honorary)


You’ll be in a department where everybody knows your name and doesn’t forget it.

The MACO department is truly a family, and we want you to be a part of it. The students look out for each other. The faculty have the students’ best interests at heart. And these relationships will last past graduation. We keep up with our graduates, and our faculty often serve as career mentors many years down the road. 

You’ll have fun both in and out of the classroom.

MACO students say that our department has some of the most fun faculty and best experiences you can get at Nicholls. Our classes encourage lively discussion and debate, our students have a blast with group projects, and our faculty have a camaraderie that can be matched by no other. You’ll often find MACO majors having fun in the hallways or the faculty playing a competitive game of Trivial Pursuit at lunchtime! 

You can travel with our student organizations.

Want to see the country? Well pack your bags because this department is on the move! Travel with our student organizations and student media to conferences in places like New York City, Miami, Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, Las Vegas and more. Not only do you get to visit new places, you get to meet new people and make unforgettable memories! 

Department advising will keep you on track both academically and professionally.

In the MACO department, faculty advisers are with you every step of the way. Not only do they help you manage your degree plan, they also help you find internships, academic assistance, scholarships and even that first job! 

You can get real-world experience with internships and student media.

We all know that employers want to hire people with a college degree AND experience. So start working on that resume! With two New York Times, Inc. affiliated newspapers within 15 miles of campus and the New Orleans market only an hour’s drive, you can get that experience you need! We can help you find internships with public relations agencies, local hospitals, print and broadcast outlets and more! And with a campus newspaper, yearbook, and radio station within the department, the opportunities are endless! 

You can express yourself creatively.

Want an opportunity to let that creative side grow? Then we’ve got lots of opportunities for you! From feature writing to advertising design. From public relations campaigns to television packages. From having your own show at KNSU (campus radio) to having an opinion column in The Nicholls Worth (campus newspaper), you can let those creative juices flow! 

It’s not just what you know, it’s who you know.

We know how important it is to network, network, network! You’ll have regular opportunities to meet and converse with professionals in broadcasting, print journalism and public relations. Through events featuring guest speakers, the annual media ethics panel, field trips and various alumni gatherings, you’ll have a long list of contacts when you graduate and look for that first job. 

You’ll work in state-of-the-art facilities.

As a MACO student, you’ll learn and work in our state-of-the-art computer lab where you’ll use Mac computers with all of the latest programs. The lab is also equipped with SMART technology for interactive learning. And the technology doesn’t stop there. The TV studio and the Student Publications program both have excellent technology for you to experience! 

You’ll have a variety of career options when you graduate.

The skills you’ll learn in any concentration can be cross-applied in fields such as editing, graphic design, political science, marketing, sales and technical writing. MACO students excel in writing and communication skills which are frequently cited by employers as critical skills for any job applicant. And if you are thinking about continuing your education, you’ll be happy to hear that many of our students have gone on to successfully complete graduate and law programs at universities across the country. 

You’ll be in the know about what’s happening on campus, locally and nationally.

Not only will you be learning about mass communication, you’ll have numerous opportunities to be a practicing journalist. Through your classes, student media and internship opportunities, and guest speaker programs, you’ll make connections with campus leaders, local business and community leaders, and numerous MACO alumni who have made a name for themselves on national and international levels.

1. Whom do I see for more information about Journalism or Public Relations?

You can see any of our faculty members who teach in the area of interest. Their contact information can be found on the faculty page. The faculty member’s area of teaching is listed along with phone numbers, email addresses and office locations. If a faculty member is unavailable, please contact our department’s administrative assistant Mrs. Marnya Forbes and she will be able to help you. She can be reached at 985-448-4586 or 102 Talbot Hall. 

2. What are the two areas of concentration in the Mass Communication degree?

Students majoring in Mass Communication can choose one of 2 specialties: Journalism or Public Relations.

3. What courses do I have to take to major in  Journalism or Public Relations?

Check out our degree programs for curriculum and course requirements.

4. Who is my advisor?

If you do not have an advisor yet, our department adminstrative assistant Mrs. Marnya Forbes will assign you one of our faculty members. She can be reached at 985-448-4586 or 102 Talbot Hall.

5. Are there scholarships available to students majoring in Mass Communication?

Yes. There are currrently 10 scholarships dedicated to Mass Communication majors. About $17,000 was awarded last year to Mass Communication majors from these scholarships. You can find out more about available scholarships at the scholarships page or our website. 

6. When are available scholarships posted?

Scholarship openings are announced after mid-term of every semester. You will hear it in your MACO classes, see flyers on bulletin boards, our social media accounts and a posting on our website.

7. Can I major in two areas of Mass Communication?

Yes. But see your advisor first for the pros and cons. 

8. Are Internships available?

Yes. Many of our juniors and seniors find internships that offer experience in their field before graduation. Some internships are already established and others are found by the students themselves.

You should be a junior or senior most of your concentration coursework completed before applying for an internship so you to have skills to impress the employer offering the internship.

You can get more details from your advisor and in the MACO Internship Handbook.

Public Relations – Public Relations Student Society of America – Public Relations Society of America – About Public Relations with Steven R. Van Hook

Broadcast Journalism – Broadcast Media and Journalism Career Guide – Broadcast Journalism Links – The Radio-Television News Directors Association is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries. – National Association of Broadcasters

Print Journalism – The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. – Research, Resources and Ideas to Improve Journalism – Poynter Institute online

Mass Communication – The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is a non-profit, educational association of journalism and mass communication faculty, administrators, students and media professionals – Kappa Tau Alpha is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.​


Department of Mass Communication (MACO)

Office Location:
102 Talbot Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2031
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985.448.4586
Fax: 985.448.4577