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 ...
|Media Research||Television Production|
In addition to the Communication core requirements (16 hours), students in this concentration take:
Writing (3 Hours)
210 Journalism: Newswriting
Foundations (choose 6 hours)
Choose two of the following:
342 Literary Journalism
344 Media Ethics
384 Analysis of Popular Culture
435 Stereotyping and Bias in the Mass Media
441 Critical Perspectives on Journalism
442 Free Expression
443 Culture, Technology & Communication
444 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 *):
||256 Graphic Design Production|
|*311 Feature Writing
||*312 Media Scriptwriting|
|*313 Editorial & Opinion Writing||*314 Essay Writing
|*315 Reviewing the Arts
||356 Publication Design
|380 Interviewing and Listening
||393 Student Media Practicum
|410 Multiplatform Journalism
|481 Digital Storytelling
**Prerequisites for CMM 491 Internship: junior class standing, completion of the core courses, completion of writing course for student's area of study (either CMM 210 or CMM 212), 2.65 GPA overall, 2.85 GPA in communication courses.
An additional six hours may be taken from any of the courses in the Communication curriculum.
Download the Communication curriculum.