Top 10 Reasons to choose MACO

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.