As it is NCCU's mission "to prepare students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse, global society," the Department of Mass Communication provides the foundation for our students' academic professional preparation for the field of Mass Communication. Our department is a crucial partner in the General Education Curriculum, providing the required Speech courses. The department plays a central role in implementing the speaking elements of the Quality Enhancement Plan, “Communicating to Succeed,” which has been and will be the University’s major initiative in this decade. We provide Speaking-Intensive courses for the General Education Curriculum. Our department is diverse and capable of enhancing the university's mission "to serve its traditional clientele of African-American students" and "expand its commitment to meet the educational needs of a student body that is diverse in race and other socioeconomic qualities." The Department of Mass Communication is aligned with the University’s mission additionally through its course offerings, multiple additional extracurricular activities that students can participate in, and external opportunities that are afforded to our students.