Programs by Campus




  • JOUR–J 500 Introduction to Mass Media Research (3 cr.) Seminar on content analysis, experiments, survey methods, qualitative research, historical and legal methodology. Development of media research proposals.
  • JOUR–J 501 Public Affairs Reporting (3 cr.) Lectures and roundtable discussion of problems in covering public affairs issues at the national, state, and local levels. Emphasis on reporting on government, social welfare agencies, elections, political parties, special interest groups, and other areas of general public interest.
  • JOUR–J 502 Quantitative Research Methods for Journalists (3 cr.) Introduction to social science principles of measurement, sampling, statistical inferences and logic of research design in collection, analysis and interpretation of information used in journalism and mass media.
  • JOUR–J 505 Intensive Reporting, Writing, and Editing Workshop (3–6 cr.) This course introduces graduate students to the fundamental practices and principles of writing, reporting, editing and design for the print media. Students will develop skills in news judgment, document-based information gathering, interviewing, observation and description, news and feature writing, ethics, page layout, headline writing, copy editing, content editing, and photo editing.
  • JOUR–J 510 Media and Society Seminar (3 cr.) Examination of structure, functions, ethics, and performance of communication and mass media, stressing a review of pertinent research literature. Analysis of media policies and performance in light of communication theory and current economic, political, and social thought.
  • JOUR–J 514 International Communication (3 cr.) Comparative analysis of international media systems. Course topics and geographical regions studied vary from semester to semester.
  • JOUR–J 520 Seminar in Visual Communication (3 cr.) Integration of advanced visual communication skills, including photography, writing, and editing. Individual projects in packaging news and public affairs information. Emphasis on experimentation with message forms outside constraints of the traditional news media.
  • JOUR–J 525 Colloquium in Scholastic Journalism (1–3 cr.) Examination of problems in teaching journalism and supervising school publications. Topics may include impact on scholastic journalism of changes in educational philosophy, law, financial support, and technology. May be repeated for state certification to teach secondary school journalism, but no more than 6 credits may be counted toward graduate degree.
  • JOUR–J 528 Public Relations Management (3 cr.) Designed to enable students to manage a public relations department. Theories and principles relevant to public relations practiced in agency, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations will be covered. This will include developing goals and objectives, working with clients, developing budgets, and research methods.
  • JOUR–J 529 Public Relations Campaigns (3 cr.) Designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop and execute a Public relations campaign for a local not-for-profit organization. Students will be exposed to relevant Public relations theory and in-depth case study analysis.
  • JOUR–J 530 Issues in New Communication Technology (3 cr.) Study of the political, economic, social, legal, and historical issues involved in the introduction and diffusion of communication technologies. Research on the uses and potential effects of new technologies on the structure and practice of journalism and mass media.
  • JOUR–J 531 Public Relations for Nonprofits (3 cr.) This graduate seminar focuses on how a nonprofit organization creates images and how it shapes its programs and goals to gain public support. Assignments and readings are designed to foster a theoretical and practical understanding of promotional techniques and campaigns using journalistic and other media.
  • JOUR–J 542 Arts, Media, and Society (3 cr.) Study of issues in arts journalism and the role of the arts in mass media and society. Lectures by guest experts and independent research on current trends and problems in the field, emphasizing the public affairs aspects of the arts.
  • JOUR–J 544 Science, Society, and Media (3 cr.) An examination of science in society, with a particular look at research and commentary on media coverage of science and technology. Reading, reflection, and discussion of both theoretical and practical issues, and independent reading and research on a topic of the student’s own choosing.
  • JOUR–J 551 Seminar: Reporting the Law (3 cr.) Study of public affairs aspects of the law. Research and reporting on timely topics pertaining to the courts, the legal profession, and law enforcement agencies particularly as they relate to the social-political-economic order.
  • JOUR–J 552 Seminar: Reporting the Arts (3 cr.) Principles of literary, theater, art, dance, and music reporting and criticism. Emphasis on the preparation of articles for publication.
  • JOUR–J 553 Education and the Media (3 cr.) Study of problems and issues in such areas as school finance, curriculum development, teaching methodology, and the politics of education. Research and reporting on current trends in the field.
  • JOUR–J 554 Science Writing (3 cr.) Exploration of the challenges and opportunities associated with writing about science for nonscientists. Reading and discussion of articles and texts about communicating science to nonscientists, and practical exercises in reporting and writing.
  • JOUR–J 555 Teaching Mass Communications in College (3 cr.) Exploration of the theory and practice of college pedagogy. Specific attention to skills required for teaching mass communications. Includes development of a new course syllabus and teaching portfolio.
  • JOUR–J 556 Seminar: Urban Affairs Reporting (3 cr.) Study of current urban problems, such as air pollution, transportation, inner-city redevelopment, ghetto life, and metropolitan government. Research and reporting on timely topics.
  • JOUR–J 560 Topics Colloquium (1–4 cr.) Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester. May be repeated twice for credit with a different topic.
  • JOUR–J 563 Computerized Publication Design I (3 cr.) This publishing design course incorporates typesetting, electronic photo editing, graphics, and page design. Students are instructed in design theory, computer publishing skills, and creative problem solving.
  • JOUR–J 565 Computerized Publication Design II (3 cr.) This advanced publishing design course builds on J563 Computerized Design I and incorporates advanced work in color, type design, computer illustration, creative problem solving, and an introduction to print production.
  • JOUR–J 570 Theory and Research: Individual Level (3 cr.) Introduction to the theory and research relevant to mass media studies at the individual level of analysis. Corresponds to R541 in the telecommunications department.
  • JOUR–J 571 Theory and Research: Macro-Social Level (3 cr.) Introduction to theoretical orientations and research findings at the macro-social level of analysis.
  • JOUR–J 572 The Press and the Constitution (3 cr.) Seminar on specialized topics concerning the rights and obligations of mass media under the Bill of Rights. Research and discussion on law of privacy, access, and other constitutional problems.
  • JOUR–J 573 Ethnographic Reporting and Writing (3 cr.) This skills course explores the ethnographic, community-based approach to magazine journalism. Students will gain an understanding of how communities invest themselves, and how to report from this perspective.
  • JOUR–J 574 Gender and Media (3 cr.) This course exposes students to work in the broad interdisciplinary arena of gender and media. It will address the complex ways gender conceptions structure the cultural and economic landscape of media, including newspaper, television, magazines, advertising, and photography.
  • JOUR–J 575 Student Press Law and Ethics (1–3 cr.) This course explores legal and ethical dilemmas surrounding high school student media. This course traces the history of the student rights movement, especially concentrating on student press rights and responsibilities.
  • JOUR–J 576 Management of School Publications (1–3 cr.) This course will focus on high school press advertising and management. It examines faculty, administration, and staff relations; management techniques; staff and editorial policies; legal and ethical responsibilities; and trends in the high school press.
  • JOUR–J 577 Yearbook Advising (1–3 cr.) This class focuses on high school yearbook advising. The course will cover yearbook financial management, business contracts, common components of marketing/sales, faculty/administration/staff management, supervising techniques, and legal and ethical responsibilities.
  • JOUR–J 592 Media Internship (1–3 cr.) Professional experience in media. Students hold work assignments with media organizations. Grading is on an S/F basis. Arranged through the associate dean for graduate studies office. This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • JOUR–J 600 Quantitative Methods in Mass Communication Research (3 cr.) P: J500 or R500, and one statistics course. Advanced behavioral methods in the analysis of mass communication data. Practice in analyzing data with computerized statistical programs.
  • JOUR–J 614 Communication and National Development (3 cr.) Study of the structure and roles of the mass media in national development and the application of communication theory and technology to the problems of development and social change.
  • JOUR–J 624 Russian and East European Area Media Systems (3 cr.) Investigation of theory and practice of communications systems in the region, including history, news content, institutions, journalists, technology, economic and political pressures, as well as audience and international influences.
  • JOUR–J 650 History and Philosophy of the Media (3 cr.) Lectures and discussion on the origins, the historical growth, and the philosophical roots of the communication media, with particular emphasis on the relationship between the media and political, economic, social, and cultural trends in the United States.
  • JOUR–J 651 Qualitative Methods in Mass Communication Research (3 cr.) Seminar on qualitative, historical, and legal research methods for mass communication research.
  • JOUR–J 653 The Media in the Twentieth Century (3 cr.) Seminar on topics in the history and philosophy of the communication media in the twentieth century, stressing both continuity and change in an age of rapid technological growth for print and electronic media in the United States and in selected areas of the world.
  • JOUR–J 655 Ethics and Journalism (3 cr.) Exploration of the role of ethics in journalism. Using literature that examines ethics in the context of journalism practice, the course will analyze ways journalists attempt to deny or limit the role of ethical values. Special attention to objectivity, freedom, and casuistry.
  • JOUR–J 660 Topics Colloquium (3 cr.) Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester. May be repeated twice for credit.
  • JOUR–J 672 Topics in Communication Law (3 cr.) Independent research and roundtable analysis of selected problems in communication law.
  • JOUR–J 673 Government and Mass Media (3 cr.) Independent research and roundtable analysis of political communication and government-media relations.
  • JOUR–J 700 Specialized Reporting Project (3 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • JOUR–J 800 M.A. Thesis or Creative Project (3 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • JOUR–J 804 Readings and Research in Journalism (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • GRAD–G 741 Ph.D. Research in Mass Communications (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • GRAD–G 790 Readings and Research in Mass Communications (1–3 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.

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