Programs by Campus


Media Arts and Sciences



  • MSCH-M500 EPISTEMOLOGIES OF MEDIA         (3 cr.) This Media School core course provides graduate students with a selection of key concepts that have and continue to shape the study of media across multiple disciplines and fields of study. These key concepts are offered as a primer as students begin their program of study.
  • MSCH-J 501         PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING (3 cr.) Lectures and discussion of problems in covering public affairs issues at the national, state, and local levels. Emphasis on reporting government, social welfare agencies, elections, political parties, special interest groups, and other areas of general public interest. 
  • MSCH-T                501         PHIL OF INQUIRY IN TELECOMM (3 cr.) Entry-level comparative study of the origin and development of dominant paradigms applied to media by researchers and policy makers
  • MSCH-J 502         DATA ANALYSIS 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.
  • MSCH-M502       MEDIA RESEARCH (3 cr.) Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methodologies used in media.
  • MSCH-C503        INTRO MEDIA THRY & AESTHETICS (3 cr.) Study of classical and contemporary theoretical texts.
  • MSCH-M503       MEDIA THEORIES (3 cr.) Introduces students to the wide range of social scientific and humanistic theories which guide research in media.
  • MSCH-T504         INTRO TO TELECOMM POLICY STDS (3 cr.) Introduction to the graduate level study of telecommunications law and policy and its intersection with economics and technology. Fundamental principles and theories of telecommunications law, policy, and policy-making. Methodological approaches.
  • MSCH-J505         INTNSVE REPRT WRT & EDT WRKSHP (3-6 cr.) This course teaches graduate students reporting and writing in a fast-paced environment. Students will develop skills in news gathering, news writing, news judgement, ethics, headlines, verification and self-editing.
  • MSCH-T505         MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS (3 cr.) Introduces students to the production, financing, marketing and management of media from an organizational perspective. The goal is to prepare students to work in a changing media environment.
  • MSCH-C506        METHODS OF MEDIA RESEARCH (3 cr.) Introduction to research methods used in critical studies of media and culture.
  • MSCH-J510         MEDIA AND SOCIETY SEMINAR (3 cr.) Probing examination of structure and functions of mass media, stressing interaction among communication agencies and other social institutions. Critical analysis of media performance and policies in light of current economic, political, social, and intellectual thought. Comparative case studies of U.S. media with other national press systems.
  • MSCH-T510         RES MTHD IN MESSAGE ANALYSIS (3 cr.) Methods of analyzing the content of mediated messages. Applications of content analysis techniques to research projects involving new or traditional media.
  • MSCH-T511         RES MTHD IN AUDIENCE ANALYSIS (3 cr.) Analysis of audience characteristics and behaviors. Emphasizes methods associated with the assessment of and audiences for, the electronic media.
  • MSCH-T512         COMMUNICATION AND POLITICS (3 cr.) Social scientific theories of political message effects and normative models of media and democracy. Analysis of political advertising, campaign communication, civic participation, and the role of new media in politics. 
  • MSCH-J514         INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3 cr.) Comparative analysis of international media systems.
  • MSCH-J516         DIGITAL JOURNALISM PRACTICUM (6 cr.) The Digital Journalism Practicum is the cornerstone experience of the Digital Journalism track of our Masters of Arts in Journalism. This intensive six credit hour course is designed to provide you with a professional newsroom immersion experience as well as the contextual and theoretical foundation of journalism and the most important issues facing the profession now and in the future.
  • MSCH-J517         ADV DIG JOURNALISM PRACTICUM (4 cr.) Building upon the professional experience and theoretical explorations of J516, the Advanced Digital Journalism Practicum is designed to provide students with an advanced professional newsroom immersion experience.
  • MSCH-J518         INTERNATIONL MEDIA EXPERIENCES (4 cr.) Topic course focused on communication systems in various countries. Includes international study tour during Spring Break, after the end of Spring term, or during Summer term. Countries visited will change based on topic.
  • MSCH-J520         SEM 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. 
  • MSCH-T521         TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT (3 cr.) Theories of personnel and systems management applied to the technology-based consumer media of broadcasting, cable, voice and network access providers. Considers broad issues of programming, infrastructure, finance, competition, corporate and industry structure, budget and regulations. 
  • MSCH-T522         MANAGING THE CREATIVE PROCESS (3 cr.) Examination of the business side of video production with emphasis on the role of the producer and/or production manager, including production team organization, schedules, budgets, contracts, markets and intellectual property.
  • MSCH-J525         COLLOQ IN SCHOLASTIC JOURNALSM (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.
  • MSCH-J528         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. 
  • MSCH-J529         PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS (3 cr.) Designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop and execute a PR campaign for a local not-for-profit organization. Students will be exposed to relevant PR theory and in-depth case study analysis.
  • MSCH-T529         COMP STDS IN TELECOMM POLICY (3 cr.)  Comparison of telecommunications policy and policymaking in the U.S. with the policies and policy systems of other nations and of international and transnational organizations.
  • MSCH-J530         ISS IN NEW COMMUNICATION TECH (3 cr.) Seminar on the role of emerging media technologies in national and international contexts.
  • MSCH-T530         LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF TELECOMM (3 cr.) Analysis of laws and policies affecting the telecommunications industry and its consumers. Regulation of broadcasting, cable television, telephony, and the Internet. Introduction to First Amendment aspects of telecommunications and to antitrust and intellectual property law. 
  • MSCH-T532         ECONOMICS OF MEDIA INDUSTRIES (3 cr.) Application of economic principles to policy and strategy issues in the print, online, broadcasting, multi-channel, home video, and motion picture industries.
  • MSCH-T535         ECONOMICS OF INFORMATION (3 cr.) The production, distribution, and pricing of information products and services; intellectual property and new technologies; information networks and compatibility. Policy and strategy applications.
  • MSCH-T540         SPEC PROJ IN TELECOMMUNICATNS (3 cr.) Individual readings or production projects in telecommunications.
  • MSCH-J551         SEMINAR (3 cr.) In-depth study of public affairs aspects of the law. Lectures by guest experts and independent study on timely topics pertaining to the courts, the legal profession, and law enforcement agencies - particularly as they relate to the social-political-economic order. 
  • MSCH-T551         COMMUNICATION, TECH & SOCIETY (3 cr.) Research seminar to consider the impact of new technologies on society and how the development and structure of information and communication technologies have been influenced by society. Theories of technology at the social level of analysis. 
  • MSCH-C552        MEDIA INST & THE PROD OF CULTR (3 cr.) This class will introduce students to critical cultural studies of the media industries. Combining cultural studies, political economy, and studies of creative industries, we will examine the structures of media industries and the interplay of production cultures, individual agency, and structural limitations in the development of cultural products.
  • MSCH-J552         SEMINAR (3 cr.) Principles of literary, theater, art, dance, and music reporting and criticism. Emphasis on the preparation of articles for publication
  • MSCH-T552         COGNITIVE APPROACHES TO MEDIA (3 cr.) Examines the information processing of mediated messages and theories underlying memory, attention, and cognition. Advanced analysis of cognitive psychology and emotion theory as they apply to the study of media. 
  • MSCH-J554         SCIENCE WRITING (3 cr.) Exploration of the challenges and opportunities associated with writing about science for non-scientists. Reading and discussion of articles and texts about communicating science to non-scientists, and practical exercises in reporting and writing. 
  • MSCH-M555       MEDIA PEDAGOGY (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.
  • MSCH-C560        MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION (3-4 cr.) This class is a hands-on introduction to the technical and aesthetic basics of making 16mm silent films. Students learn how to design, direct, light, shoot, and edit several short films working individually as well as in groups.
  • MSCH-J560         TOPICS COLLOQUIUM (3 cr.) Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester.
  • MSCH-T560         BUS STRAT OF COMMUNICATNS FRMS (3 cr.) Case studies in marketing and competitive strategies of media and telecommunications firms. Effects of technological change on industry structure and strategy.
  • MSCH-C561        INTERMED MOTION PICTURE PROD (4 cr.) This class introduces students to the making of 16mm sound films, including the recording and editing of sync sound.
  • MSCH-C562        THE SCREENPLAY (3 cr.) This course examines the structure of film screenplays and analyzes cinematic narrative strategies.
  • MSCH-J563         COMPUTERIZED PUBLICATN DES 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.
    This advanced publishing design course builds on Computerized Publication Design I and incorporates advanced work in color, type design, computer illustration, creative problem solving, and an introduction to print and web design.
  • MSCH-J570         THEORY & RSRCH: INDIV LEVEL (3 cr.) Introduction to the theory and research relevant to mass media studies at the individual level of analysis.
  • MSCH-J571         MEDIA THEORY (3 cr.) Introduction to theoretical orientations and research findings at the macro-social level of analysis.
  • MSCH-T571         APPL COGNITIVE & EMOTIONAL PSY (3 cr.) Introduces students to basic theories in cognitive and emotional psychology and focuses on how these theories could be applied to the design of immersive mediated environments.
  • MSCH-J572         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 developing law of privacy, access, and other constitutional problems.
  • MSCH-J573         ETHNOGRAPHIC REPORT&WRIT JOUR (3 cr.) This skills course explores the ethnographic, community-based approach to magazine journalism. Student will gain an understanding of how communities invest themselves, and how to report from this perspective. 
  • MSCH-J574         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.
  • MSCH-J576         MGMT OF SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS (1-3 cr.) This course will focus on high school press advising 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.
  • MSCH-T580         INTERACT STRYTLLNG/CMPTR GAMES (3 cr.) Students work in teams to develop interactive stories and games using graphics, animation, sound, and text.
  • MSCH-T583         TEACHING ELECTRONIC MEDIA PROD (3 cr.) Graduate students review and refine basic production skills in preparation for teaching positions. Basic media production concepts, techniques, and hands-on training. Prior understanding of the production process is expected. 
  • MSCH-T585         INTERACTIVITY AND NEW MEDIA (3 cr.) Theoretical and applied perspectives on interactive communication. Surveys the literature of interactivity and new media, examining relevant concepts such as Para social interaction, entertainment education, and remediation. Social and psychological consequences of interactivity. 
  • MSCH-C592        MEDIA GENRES (3 cr.) Analysis and critique of cinema and film according to form, content, or technique. Topic varies: analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres.
  • MSCH-C594        MEDIA HISTORY (3 cr.) Media historiography, topics in national media history, national and international movements and trends.
  • MSCH-C596        NATIONAL CINEMAS (3 cr.)  Topics varies: historical survey of major national cinemas. Topics may include Brazilian cinema, French national cinema, German film culture, Italian cinema, Indian cinema, and others.
  • MSCH-J600         QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (3 cr.) Advanced behavioral methods in the analysis of mass communication data. Practice in analyzing data with computerized statistical programs.
  • MSCH-M600       MEDIA ARTS AND SCIENCES COLLOQUIM (1 cr.) Introduction to current media research through the work of school members and visiting scholars.
  • MSCH-T601         TOP SEM IN TELECOM TECH & POL (1-3 cr.) Topics vary with the instructor and year.  Consult Schedule of Classes for current information on content.  May be repeated for credit with different topics and instructors.
  • MSCH-T602         TOP SEM TEL PROCESSES/EFFECTS (3 cr.) Topics vary with the instructor and year. Consult Schedule of Classes for current information on content.
  • MSCH-T603         TOPICAL SEM IN TELECOMM MGMT (1-3 cr.) Topics vary with the instructor and year. Consult Schedule of Classes for current information on content.
  • MSCH-T604         TOPICAL SEM IN MEDIA & SOCIETY (1-3 cr.) Topics vary with the instructor and year. Consult Schedule of Classes for current information on content.
  • MSCH-C606        MEDIA CRITICISM (3 cr.) Study of the main schools and methods of media criticism.
  • MSCH-C608        IMAGES&CRITIQE IN PUBL CULTURE (3 cr.) This course examines and assesses contemporary critical thought about visual and non-visual images, especially their role in politics. Pursuing various strategies for the ideology critique of images, the course explores thinking critically through images. It studies different types of images through a variety of theoretical approaches and thematic questions.
  • MSCH-T610         THE NETWORKED SOCIETY (3 cr.) Analysis of the social, economic, and cultural forces that have set in motion the rise of the networked society. The conceptualization and creation of large-scale networks; new modes of organization.
  • MSCH-J614         GLOBALIZTN, MEDIA, &SOCL CHANGE (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, through the lense of globalization of economy.
  • MSCH-C620        MEDIA, POLITICS & POWER (3 cr.) Examination of media institutions (including new media) through various schools of critical thought.
  • MSCH-T635         COMPARATIVE TELECOMM POLICY (3 cr.)  Comparison of telecommunications policy and policymaking in the U.S. with the policies and policy systems of other nations and of international and transnational organizations. 
  • MSCH-C636        READING THE TEXT (3 cr.) This seminar hones students' skills of close reading, explication and commentary, textual analysis and interpretation, in relation to one or two books central to the academic study of communication and culture. The books studied will be determined in each iteration of the seminar.
  • MSCH-C638        EXPERIMENTS WITH FILM CAMERA (4 cr.) This course is designed to explore techniques and concepts of experimental filmmaking. It builds on the foundations of other production classes, and assumes that you have a solid grounding in basic cinematography and visual storytelling, as well as in the fundamentals of digital editing.
  • MSCH-T641         CHILDREN AND MEDIA (3 cr.) Detailed examination of theoretical orientations and research specifically focused on children and media.
  • MSCH-J650         HIST & 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. 
  • MSCH-T650         TELECOMM & THE CONSTITUTION (3 cr.) Impact of the constitution of the U.S. on telecommunications law and policy, the telecommunications industries, and the public. Emphasis is on the First Amendment. Analysis of the Supreme Court as a telecommunications policy-making institution.  
  • MSCH-J651         QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (3 cr.) Seminar on qualitative, historical, and legal research methods for mass communication research.
  • MSCH-C652        GLOBALIZATION OF MEDIA (3 cr.) Explores media institutions, practices, and texts across national borders. May examine particular issues such as globalization of media, transnational implications of media texts, transnational data flows, and media and foreign policy.
  • MSCH-J563         THE MEDIA IN THE 20TH CENTURY (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.
  • MSCH-J655         ETHICS AND JOURNALISM (3 cr.) Exploration of the role of ethics in journalism. Using literature which 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. 
  • MSCH-C660        ADVANCED FILM PRODUCTION (4 cr.) Designed for students who have taken basic production classes and who want to embark on a more ambitious film or video project. Each student will produce one project from script to screen, and assist other students on their projects. Course will address creative, technical, and production management questions.
  • MSCH-J660         TOPICS COLLOQUIUM (3 cr.) Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester.
  • MSCH-C662        MEDIA AUDIENCES (3 cr.) This course studies audiences in the context of film, television, new media, and other media forms. Topic varies, but may include a focus on theories of spectatorship, methodological approaches to audiences, historical reception studies, ethnographic and/or empirical audience studies, global of transnational audiences, performance theory, fan cultures, and subcultures.
  • MSCH-J672         TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION LAW (3 cr.) Independent research and analysis of selected problems in communication law.  
  • MSCH-J673         GOVERNMENT & MASS MEDIA (3 cr.) Seminar on the relationship between politicians and journalists, the nature of news media coverage of politics, and the effects of news coverage on the public and policy.
  • MSCH-C691        AUTHORSHIP IN MEDIA (3 cr.) Topic varies: in-depth analysis of individuals in the media who become known as "authors." 
  • MSCH-C792        ADV SEMINAR IN MEDIA THEORY (3 cr.) Topic varies: advanced study in media history and theory; major movements and historical periods and their relationship to the intellectual and cultural climate of the time; studies of technology and modes of production; advanced work in genre/auteur studies; close reading of media theories; new developments in theory and criticism.
  • MSCH-C793        SEMINAR IN MEDIA (3 cr.) Topics in media studies

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