Department of Journalism and
Mass Communications

Offers courses leading to the baccalaureate degree (B.A.) with a concentration in one of three areas: Print and Online Journalism; Public Relations and Advertising, and Radio, Television and Film. Minor programs are available in English and several other disciplines within the University.

The department offers courses in desktop publishing, photojournalism, radio and television production, public relations, non-linear editing, web design, and advertising copy writing. Students will have many opportunities before graduation to develop professional skills. We offer a fully functioning television production studio and control room; WHCJ-FM, the university's radio station and Tiger's Roar, SSU's award-winning student newspaper. We also offer public relations and advertising experience both in and out of the classroom through internships, volunteer opportunities and classroom projects.


The department's mission is to develop productive students in a global society, prepared for careers in mass communications, and to increase cultural diversity in professional media. The department fosters engaged learning and professional growth through high quality instruction, scholarship, research, service, and prepares students to perform at high levels of excellence in mass media professions and post graduate studies in the 21st century.

The department intends for students to:


In addition to the University of Georgia, Savannah State University's Department of Mass Communications is the only program in the State of Georgia that is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). The department has been accredited since 2007. ACEJMC requires that irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:

SRPI: Southern Regional Press Institute

The Southern Regional Press Institute is sponsored the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications/College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the SRPI is a two-day mass media conference primarily for college students from the Southeast; however, a few sessions are also offered for high school, middle and elementary school students who are involved in student media.

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SSU Media High

SSU Media High, a residential camp for high school journalism students, produces a digital magazine and social media sites for teenagers in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University. Award-winning journalists and Savannah State Professors teach in our multimedia newsroom. We cover events on campus and in our historic city. We are funded in part by Friends of SSU Media High, The Savannah State University Foundation, the U.S. Government, Savannah Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., The Savannah (Ga.) Chapter of The Links, Inc., Verizon Wireless and Nikon Corporation.

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