Mass Communication Law


All mass communication majors are required to take MCOM 4643 – Mass Communication Law. Although law courses are traditionally taught in lecture-exam format, this course is far more active, with students participating in a wide range of activities that allow them to truly understand the freedoms granted by the First Amendment as well as the limits to those freedoms. Narrow areas of media law such as libel and obscenity are examined, but the overall focus is on expression rights in general. Toward this end, students design a project of their choosing that tests general tolerance for controversial or unpopular expression. Past projects have included a campus protest; a bake sale including cookies with religious proverbs as well as X-rated language; a “free speech” box; and dueling tables promoting abstinence and safe sex.