Can I do my degree in communication or media even though I’m not an arts student?

 Q  I’m a student studying in +2 Commerce stream with Mathematics and Statistics. Is it fine if I do my degree in communication or media even though I’m not an arts student? What is the difference between Bachelor in Mass Communication, Bachelor in Mass Media and Bachelor in Communication and Journalism? Does it have any scope in India or abroad? What kinds of jobs are available in those fields? Are there any good colleges for the above courses in Karnataka? If so can you please suggest some?
Clerida D’Souza

 A  Mass communication involves everything that is connected with taking a message — commercial, fiction or otherwise to a mass audience. A professional course in mass communication opens doors for a career in films and television, publishing, public relations, journalism, editing, direction, filmmaking, scriptwriting, production, etc.

Journalism concerns a narrower sphere in print, electronic or digital media that focuses on news reporting, current affairs debates and discussions. This profession consists mainly of writing, communicating news and other information. These professionals collect information by watching events, talking to people, doing research in libraries, and studying reports of government agencies and other organizations.

These are three-year degree courses after 10+2 (any stream). Some good colleges include  Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, Bangalore (; Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi (; Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal (; AJK Mass Communication Research Centre,  Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (; Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad (; Asian College of Journalism, Chennai (

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Dr Vibha Gupta is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. A feature writer, her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.