- Undergraduate Program
Journalism and Media Studies
The Journalism and Media Studies Concentration prepares students to succeed in a constantly evolving media landscape. Courses in this concentration teach students the skills that are essential to work in media organizations, along with the requisite skills to evaluate and adapt to changes in media during their careers. We also emphasize understanding the development of social media and their relation to traditional media.
Courses in this concentration expose students to a wide range of technologies, theoretical perspectives, ethical decision-making skills and writing across media platforms. While the range of potential courses is flexible, all courses stress the need to think critically about news and entertainment media.
The department competitively awards a handful of $1,500 Dan Kelly Scholarships in Broadcast Journalism each year. Patrick Daniel "Dan" Kelly was a sportscaster best known for his radio play-by-play coverage for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Communication majors who plan to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and who meet the requirements can apply for the scholarship.
Careers in Journalism and Media Studies
This concentration can lead to careers in ...
|Copy Editing||Multiplatform Journalism|
|Media Research||Television Production|
In addition to the Communication core requirements (16 hours), students in this concentration take:
Writing (3 Hours)
2100 Journalism: Newswriting
Foundations (choose 6 hours)
Choose two of the following:
3420 Literary Journalism
3440 Media Ethics
3840 Analysis of Popular Culture
4350 Stereotyping and Bias in the Mass Media
4410 Critical Perspectives on Journalism
4420 Theory of Free Expression
4430 Culture, Technology & Communication
4440 History of Journalism
Production Practices & Applications (3 hours)
Any Communication course designated as a Production/Technology course may be taken to fulfill this requirement.
Research/Applications (6 hours)
Choose six hours from the courses below; at least 3 hours must be a writing course (marked by *):
||2560 Graphic Design Production|
|*3110 Feature Writing
||*3120 Media Scriptwriting|
|*3130 Editorial & Opinion Writing||*3140 Essay Writing
|*3150 Reviewing the Arts
||3560 Publication Design
|3800 Interviewing and Listening
||3930 Student Media Practicum
|4100 Multiplatform Journalism
|4810 Digital Storytelling
An additional six hours may be taken from any of the courses in the Communication curriculum.
Download the Communication curriculum.