The National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced that Mass Communication will no longer be studied as a single course of study in Nigerian universities.
NUC Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed who made the announcement on behalf of the commission said the new order will be effected from March 2020. He further disclosed that a new curricula for communication studies in Nigerian universities will be made availanle to professors and communication practitioners in Nigeria.
“We have almost concluded the unbundling of Mass Communication. At the end of first quarter (of 2020), Mass Communication will not be existing as a stand-alone degree programme because it is too wide.
“We are unbundling the programme into seven different programmes: Bachelors Degrees in Public Relations, Marketing Communications, Media studies, Film studies, Cinematography or photography, Strategic Communication, and so many others.”
Nigerian Tribune reported that Mass Communication has now been unbundled into Journalism and Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting, Film and Multi-Media Studies, Development Communication Studies, and Information and Media Studies.
The NUC Secretary also disclosed that Nigerian universities which might not be competent in handling the newly-introduced courses, will be allowed to retain Mass Communication as a single course of study.