Bragg Mass Comm Building at MTSU

John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building

Around the world today are more than 12,500 alumni of the MTSU College of Mass Communication, renamed in August 2015 as the College of Media and Entertainment. Those alumni hold degrees as varied as journalism and broadcast journalism, digital animation, photography, music business, public relations, advertising, visual communication, audio production, new media communication, media management and commercial songwriting. The college boasts nearly 2,500 students and about 100 full-time faculty members.

The College of Media and Entertainment is a flexible hybrid in a world of cookie-cutter institutions. It’s the only college in the United States with both a recording industry program and extensive communication offerings. Such broad-based curricula result in some peerless opportunities – like the B.S. in Mass Communication with an emphasis in public relations for the recording industry or the B.S. in Recording Industry with concentrations in music business or commercial songwriting. The School of Journalism and Strategic Media and the Department of Electronic Media Communication are nationally accredited, and the college offers two master’s programs with more on the way.

Justin Reed broadcasting his WMTS radio show.

Justin Reed broadcasting his WMTS radio show.

In 2012, the college opened its Center for Innovation in Media, a $700,000 facility located in the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building. The center houses offices for Sidelines, MTSU’s student-run newspaper; WMTS-FM, a student-run radio station; MT Records, a student-run record label; MT10, a student-operated cable television station; and WMOT-FM, a 100,000-watt public radio station.

The college also is home to the Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies, the Center for Popular Music, The Baldwin Photographic Gallery and the Office of Communication Research (the MTSU Poll).

In 1970, the MTSU president merged the journalism, broadcasting, graphic arts and photography programs to establish one department. Four years later, a major in recording industry management was added. In 1991, the burgeoning program attained college status.

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