1503 - Mass Media & Society - 3 credit
Examines the role and impact of the media on individuals and
society. Topics include the historical development of the mass
media, along with media effects, ethics, legal considerations, and
the role of Journalism in society. Students develop a deeper
awareness of the media in their lives and a critical perspective to
become more responsible consumers of information. Also listed as
COMM 1503. Course rotation: Fall.
2153 - Introduction to Photography - 3 credit
Introduces the fundamentals of digital photography in both artistic
and media contexts. Through the study of cameras, light,
composition, and image manipulation, students learn the processes
and aesthetic values needed to produce quality images. A hands-on
approach allows students to explore their creativity though a
series of projects. Also listed as ART 2153. Course
rotation: Fall and Spring.
2403 - Media Writing & Reporting - 3 credit
An introduction to the fundamentals of journalism. Emphasis is on
the reporting, writing, and editing of stories for the print,
online, and broadcast media. Specific topics include interviewing,
story structure and development, media style, ethics, and legal
considerations. Prerequisite: ENGL
1013, unless waiver requirements are met, or instructor's
permission. Course rotation: Fall.
3103 - Community Reporting - 3 credit
Students develop advanced skills in reporting and writing on events
and issues that affect their communities. Topics include
coverage of government, crime, courts, and social events. A
hands-on approach is stressed. Projects are critiqued in a
workshop setting. Prerequisite: JRNL 2403
or instructor's permission. Course
rotation: Spring of odd years.
3203 - Editing & Media Management - 3 credit
Designed for writers, journalists, and other communication
professionals by providing advanced instruction in publication
editing and design. Topics include matters of style, copy editing,
and proofreading in print and electronic environments. Other topics
include publication management, ethics, and legal considerations. A
hands-on approach is stressed in a workshop
setting. Prerequisites: ENGL 1023
or JRNL 2403. Course rotation: Spring of even
3213 - Magazine & Feature Writing - 3 credit
The focus is on writing feature stories for magazine, newspaper,
and creative nonfiction audiences. Genres include personality
profiles, human interest features, travel writing, and creative
nonfiction. A hands-on approach allows exploration of
creativity through a series of exercises and projects.
Prerequisite: JRNL 2403 or
instructor's permission. Course rotation: Spring of even
3413 - Interactive Media Design - 3 credit hours
Examination and application of the theories, skills, and
techniques used in digital storytelling and interactive media.
Through a series of hands-on projects, students explore creative
applications of interactive media through the integration of text,
photographs, graphics, audio, and video. Also
listed as ART 3413. Prerequisite: Junior
standing or instructor's permission.
Course rotation: Fall of odd years.
4401 - Topics in Journalism - 1 credit hour
Explores a chosen topic related to journalism or the mass
media, such as documentaries, technology, economics, ethics, or
literary journalism. Prerequisite: JRNL
2403 or instructor's permission. Course rotation:
4123 - Broadcast Journalism - 3 credit hours
Emphasizes the theories, skills, and techniques used in
the wiring, production, and presentation of news in a digital media
environment. Topics include broadcast wording style, story
structure, podcasting, digital audio and video production, and
working as talent in front of a camera. A hands-on approach is
stressed, allowing students to explore creativity through a series
of projects. Prerequisites: JRNL
2403 or instructor's permission. Course rotation:
Spring of odd years.
4403 - Communication Law & Ethics - 3 credit
Study focuses on media law and ethical considerations in
the contemporary communication environment. Topics include the
First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, information access,
free press and fair trial considerations, obscenity, copyright,
advertising, and telecommunication regulations. Also
listed as COMM 4403. Course rotation: Spring.
4901 - Media Studies Seminar - 1 credit hour
Combined with the experiential component of the Media
Studies Program, the seminar is a capstone course where students
design, execute, and present a project appropriate to their
emphasis in the Media Studies Program. In addition, students create
and evaluate a professional portfolio for future employment.
Course rotation: Spring.
XNF1, XNS1 - Practicum: Student Media Productions - 1
A practical application of skills, techniques, and
critical thinking through work with campus media productions
(RaiderView newspaper and on-line journal). The course may
be repeated up to six hours to satisfy capstone requirements for
the Journalism Emphasis or repeated for three hours and combined
with JRNL PN03 Journalism Internship.
Prerequisites: JRNL 2403 or
instructor's permission. Course rotation: XNF1 Fall and
PN03 - Journalism Internship - 3 credit
Students gain practical experience in a professional media
setting. Internships are arranged by students with the
assistance and approval of an internship advisor.
Grading: Credit/No Credit.
Prerequisite: Junior standing
and grades of C or better in twelve hours of JRNL courses.
Course rotation: As needed.