Studying Mass Media at Washburn

We live in a society dominated by the media where it is more important than ever to master the art of communication. At the same time, the mass media landscape is changing almost daily. That's why the Washburn University Mass Media program is designed to be flexible and help our students adapt and thrive in an era of rapid transformation.

Washburn's program prepares students to become successful communicators. Our students learn through real-world experience combined with education in the theory, art and practice of communications in today's media.

Upon graduation, Mass Media majors are ready to take their place in a wide range of fields including online, broadcast and print journalism, media analysis, film and video production, advertising sales, brand marketing or public relations.

Student Success

The main focus of our department is the success of our students. In the past four years, Mass Media students have received such high recognitions as:

  • 2023 — Kansas Collegiate Media — top “All Kansas” award — Indigo magazine
  • 2023 — Kansas Collegiate Media — first place — feature writing
  • 2023 — Kansas Collegiate Media — first place — spread design 
  • 2023 — Kansas Association of Broadcasters — first place — documentary category
  • 2023 — Frosty — honorable mention — Student World Impact Film Festival
  • 2022 — You Never Do - nominated for Best Student Film at the Toronto International Women Film Festival and official Selection for the International Manhattan Film Awards
  • 2020 — Kansas Association of Broadcasters — first place — documentary category
  • 2019 — American Advertising Federation — gold medal — direct marketing and logo design
For more news on student achievements, follow us on Facebook.

Stay connected with Mass Media through our alumni publications. Students in our advanced media classes design and publish the alumni e-newsletter and the Mass Media Messenger, our annual magazine. Email to be added to our mailing list!

Student Spotlight: Mariah Rollwagen

Mariah Rollwagen majored in film and video, wrote and produced "You Never Do," and completed an internship at Garmin.

Want to see more student videos? Check out our YouTube channel

Information about a minor in mass media

The Major

  • Complete 40 credits of mass media coursework including core requirements, a selected emphasis & electives + a 15-22/hour minor.
Link to information about the minors in mass media

The Minors

  • The department offers three options for a minor in mass media.
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Hands-on Experience

  • We offer lots of opportunities for hands-on experience -- even if you're not majoring in Mass Media.
Information about advising


  • We take pride in providing quality advising  -- helping select the courses and options that are just right for you.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Mass Media Department

Mass Media Department
Henderson Learning Center
3rd Floor; Room 316
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1836

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