Dec 02, 2023  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

Department of Mass Communication

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John Allen Hendricks, chair
Boynton Building, Suite 301
Phone: (936) 468-4001
Fax: (936) 468-1331
P.O. Box 13048, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962


Casey Hart, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi
John Allen Hendricks, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi

Associate Professor
Bailey Thompson, PhD, Texas Tech University

Assistant Professors
Janice Kim Cho, PhD, Texas Tech University
Ghanem Elhersh, PhD, Ohio University
Cassandra Hayes, PhD, Texas Tech University

Tom Reynolds, MA, Stephen F. Austin State University

Professor Emeritus
Gary Mayer, PhD, Baylor University

Associate Professor Emeritus
Al Gruele, PhD, Texas A&M University


The mission of the Department of Mass Communication is to prepare students for careers in existing and emerging forms of mass media with an emphasis on critical thinking, ethical values, creativity, professional skills and social responsibility. The student will:

  1. demonstrate the ability to write effectively across a variety of platforms appropriate to the discipline
  2. gather, organize and analyze discipline-appropriate research and communicate information about it
  3. understand the role of media in society
  4. comprehend legal and ethical principles relating to media
  5. and demonstrate the application of media technology, terminology and techniques.


Mass communication internships provide qualified students with on-the-job experience and academic credit for working in professional media settings. The internship course provides opportunities to observe and analyze the methods, techniques and creative processes of professionals.

To be eligible to gain three hours of academic credit for an internship, students must:

  1. have junior standing
  2. have at least 15 to 18 hours of mass communication courses
  3. have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
  4. and be a declared mass communication major or minor.

Internship application forms must be completed and returned to the Department of Mass Communication, located in the Boynton Building, Room 301.

Student Media

Practical experience is available to students in electronic and print media through supervised work with the university’s media facilities: SFA-TV2; the KSAU-FM radio station; the student newspaper, The Pine Log; and the student yearbook, the Stone Fort.


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