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Media Studies Emphasis

Students with career objectives in management and research in journalism can choose this emphasis.

Please view the curriculum worksheet for information on courses by emphasis.

Note: Students enrolled between Fall 2011 through Spring 2015 please see this worksheet.

This emphasis is recommended for students who intend to pursue a master’s degree in journalism.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses

Required: 15 credits by completing these courses

  • 141 – Intro to Media: News, Public Relations and Advertising
  • 221 – Writing for the Media
  • 239 – Media Photography I OR 251 – Foundations of Multimedia Production
  • 324 – Editing
  • 412 – Law of Mass Communication
Media Studies Core

Required: 9 credits by completing three courses listed — a course taken as a requirement does not count again toward the 9 credit in the emphasis electives or the 6 credit in the general elective requirements

  • 312 – Media Ethics
  • 341 – Media & Society
  • 371 – History of Journalism in the United States
Media Studies Electives

Required: 9 credits by completing three courses from the following — at least 3 credits must be a 400-level course, unless a 400-level course is taken in the emphasis core

  • 239 – Media Photography I OR 331 – Visual Media Design
  • 315 – Public Relations Techniques OR 327 – Reporting OR 351 – Ad Copy, Layout & Production
  • 340 – New & Emerging Media
  • 347 – Journalism in Literature and Film
  • 380 – International Press/Comparative Mass Communication Systems
  • 457 – Media Organization & Management
  • 472 – Research
General Electives

Required: 6 credits from this list — classes already taken do NOT count again as general electives

211 - Principles of Public Relations340 - New & Emerging Media428 - Advanced Reporting
239 - Media Photography I 341 - Media & Society430 - Media Photography II
250 - Principles of Advertising343 - Travel & Documentary Photography431 - Reporting of Public Affairs
251 - Foundations of Multimedia Production347 - The Journalist in Literature and Film440 - Application of New & Emerging Media
312 - Media Ethics351 - Advertising Copy, Layout & Production441 - Interpretive and Persuasive Writing
315 - Public Relations Techniques353 - Advertising Media451 - Online Publishing
319 - Case Studies in Public Relations371 - History of Journalism in the United States454 - Selected Topics
325 - Magazine Editing & Production380 - International Press/Comparative Mass Communications Systems455 - Public Relations Campaigns
327 - Reporting413 - Feature Writing457 - Media Organization & Management
331 - Visual Media Design424 - Strategic Campaigns in Advertising472 - Research in Strategic Communication
Non-Journalism Required Courses

All Journalism majors must take:

  • Computer Science 125 – Worldwide Website Development
  • History 202 – Modern United States History Since 1877
  • Political Science 105 – American Government and Policies
  • Add ONE from the list below:
    1. 67-189 PBIS Statistics
    2. 67-201 Applied Statistics
    3. 86-203 Elementary Psychological Statistics
    4. 92-281 Social Statistics

The Internship (427) course will NOT count toward the 39 credits for the journalism major.