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Journalism Curriculum

Required journalism courses
18 hours
Each required course carries 3 semester hours' credit.

Journalism 101: Basic Newswriting. This is a foundation course for all areas of journalism. You will learn to write leads, organize stories in the inverted pyramid structure and develop other skills necessary to writing journalistically. Typing ability required. (3 hours)

Journalism 102: Advanced Newswriting (Prerequisite, Journalism 101.) You will refine the skills you learned in Journalism 101 and delve into specialized areas of reporting such as police reporting, consumer reporting and coverage of public affairs. (3 hours)

Journalism 210: Feature Writing (Prerequisites, Journalism 101 and 102.) If you are interested in a career in magazines or as a feature writer at a newspaper, you should especially enjoy this class. It features instruction in gathering material and in writing techniques for human interest and feature articles of various types for magazines and newspapers. (3 hours).

Journalism 220: Copy Editing (Prerequisite, Journalism 101.) Learn the view from the other side of the copy desk as you edit copy and write headlines. This course includes an in-depth approach to journalistic style. (3 hours)

Journalism 311: Layout and Design (Prerequisite, Journalism 220.) Venture into the world of design as you learn techniques of newspaper makeup and layout. A primary feature of this course is hands-on experience in design using QuarkXPress. Other elements include cropping and sizing photographs, basic principles of design, dummying of pages and use of information graphics. (3 hours)

Journalism 400: Mass Media Law (Prerequisite, nine hours of journalism.) Anyone working in journalism today needs to know laws as they apply to the media. What rights do journalists have? What restrictions apply to them? You'll go beyond the textbook to study up-to-date recent court cases. (3 hours)

Required practical newspaper courses
At least 8 hours
Each course carries 2 semester hours' credit and can be taken twice. Four quarters' work on The Tech Talk is required; more quarters are recommended.

Journalism 350, 353, 355: Practical Reporting (Prerequisites, Journalism 101, 102, 220 and 311.) After you have finished your core of journalism courses, you will be ready to put your knowledge to work in real-life reporting. That opportunity comes in these three courses, all of which involve work on The Tech Talk, the university's weekly newspaper. You will begin as a beat reporter, and you can move up the ladder into the editorial ranks as your ability leads you. Each of these courses carries two semester hours' credit, and each may be repeated once.

Journalism electives
5 hours needed
Each journalism elective carries three semester hours' credit.

Journalism 230: Editorial Writing (Prerequisite, Journalism 101.) How do newspapers come up with hard-hitting, incisive editorials? Take this course and find out. You will study fundamentals of writing editorials and then put them into practice. The course includes units on recent history and current events. (3 hours)

Journalism 260: Advertising (No prerequisites.) This course provides a study of fundamental advertising principles, including information on major media. (3 hours)

Journalism 275: People and Events (No prerequisites.) If you yearn to write interesting, insightful columns, this course is for you. You will study creative writing as it applies to magazines and newspapers. The course includes oral and written critiques of your work. (3 hours)

Journalism 380: History and Ethics (No prerequisites.) History beginning with printing presses, early investigative reporting, Watergate and contemporary mass media convergence. Ethics including accuracy, fairness, conflict of interest, deception, source-reporter relationships and privacy. (3 hours)

Journalism 420: Civic Journalism (No prerequisites.) Hands-on experience -- including reporting, writing, data collection and analysis -- will help you learn how to engage the public in civic discussions through the media. (3 hours)

Journalism 440: Media and Culture (No prerequisites.) Through lectures and discussions you'll learn how mass media affect culture. (3 hours)

Journalism 450: Public Relations (No prerequisites.) Take a comprehensive look into diverse functions of the public relations practitioner as a specialist, analyst and counselor involving the monitoring of public opinion. (3 hours)

Journalism 451: Internship (Open only to junior and senior journalism majors and minors, and by permission of instructor.) Complement your courses in journalism with practical experience in a professional setting. You will work with professionals at a newspaper, in television, in public relations or in some other journalism-related medium. Strongly recommended. (3 hours)

Journalism 475: Literary Journalism (No prerequisites.) Focus on major development that took place following WWII in American literature. The nonfiction genre fusing traditional newspaper journalism with fictional literary techniques, often mouting significant critiques of American culture. (3 hours)


Minor
Usually 21 hours in a discipline selected by the student. Specific requirements for each minor are determined by the department in which the minor is taken. Some required courses -- other than those in journalism -- may apply to the minor. The university requires that a student make at least a C in each course in his or her minor.


Other required courses

Any one of the following appreciation courses
Art 290 -- Art Appreciation
Music 290 -- Music Appreciation
Speech 290 -- Theater Appreciation
Economics 215 -- Fundamentals of Economics
English 101, 102 -- Freshman Composition I, II
English 201, 202 -- Introduction to British and American Literature
Foreign Language (12 hours of one language)
One of the following geography courses
Geography 205 -- Cultural Geography
Geography 210 -- World Regional Geography
History 201, 202 -- American History
Mathematics -- One of the following designated pairs of courses:
Math 101 (or Math 100) -- College Algebra; and Math 125 -- Algebra for Management and Social Sciences
Math 111 -- Precalculus Algebra; and Math 112 -- Trigonometry
Natural Science (9 hours) -- Credits must include classes in both physical and biological sciences; at least six hours must come from a defined two-quarter sequence. (Physical sciences include chemistry, physics and geology.)
Political Science 201 -- National Government in the United States
Speech 110 -- Principles of Speech
University Seminar 100 -- Orientation and Study Skills

General electives
Any courses taught at the university (11 hours)

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS -- 124 

 

 

 

 



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