JOUR 1000 Introduction to Mass Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Processes, uses, and effects of mass media in society. History, structure, and function of mass communication industries.

JOUR 1010 Media Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 1000 (or concurrently) and ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1103 with grades of C or higher
Description

Basic news writing in a variety of media; the principles of journalistic writing and the fundamentals and techniques of news reporting. Practical assignments with laboratory exercises.

JOUR 2500 Foundations of Media Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 1000 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the use of library and on-line resources, with emphasis on the critical skills needed to evaluate and conduct media and journalism research.

JOUR 2700 Jour 2700
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 1000 with grade of C or higher
Corequisites JOUR 2500
Description

Foundations of Media Theory. Examination of theoretical perspectives on mediated communication, including critical and social-scientific approaches.

JOUR 3010 Advanced Media Writing-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval
Description

Expanding on Media Writing, with an emphasis on news gathering, reporting techniques and journalistic writing in several media and context. Students will apply critical thinking skills to determine source credibility; to delineate important information to use in crafting stories using journalistic standards; to report and write news stories quickly, under deadline, without sacrificing accuracy. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all journalism majors.

JOUR 3040 Communicating Environmental Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval
Description

Cross-listed with SPCH 3040. Critical and cultural approaches to analyzing environmental discourses and producing problem-solving environmental messages. Global environmental issues are studied via: advocacy campaigns, journalism green marketing, industry rhetoric, science and risk communication, media representations, and environmental and animal ethics.

JOUR 3060 Communication Law and Regulation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 2700 with grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. The law as applied to press, film, and telecommunication. A philosophical basis and evolution of legal precedent governing media. Slander, privacy, copyright, information access, constitutional issues, and practical limitations of libel.

JOUR 3070 Introduction to Theories of Mass Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval
Description

The development and application of theoretical perspectives on mediated communication, including critical and social-scientific approaches.

JOUR 3500 Public Relation Techniques
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval.
Principles and practices in the relations of an organization with its internal and external publics, with emphasis on written communication; role of public relations in decision making and policy formation.

JOUR 3560 Public Relations Writing and Projects
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3500 with grades of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Projects for selected not-for-profit organizations using research, writing, planning, and evaluation techniques learned through individual and group exercises.

JOUR 3690 Honors Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Discussion and readings on selected topics.

JOUR 3700 Introduction to Telecommunication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 and JOUR 3070 with grades of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Origin and growth of telecommunication industries; rudimentary technical aspects of audio and video; role of advertising and non-commercial aspects; programming and audience research and measurement.

JOUR 3900 Digital Publishing and Production
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

JOUR 3010 and JOUR 3060 with a grade of C or higher. Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. This is a skills-based, project-oriented course. Working in teams, students will conceive, plan and execute multimedia news projects for online delivery. Emphasis is on developing professional journalistic and public relations practices applicable to multi-platform delivery systems.

JOUR 3950 Public Relations Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 and JOUR 3500 with grades of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval.
Issues and methods of quantitative research used and reported by public relations professionals; analysis and criticism of research strategies; tactics to develop critical consumer skills for users and audiences. Credit Hours: 3.0.

JOUR 3955 Mass Communication Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Issues and methods of quantitative and qualitative research about mass communication; analysis and criticism of research strategies; tactics to develop critical consumer and research skills.

JOUR 4001 Sports Journalism
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3900 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. The role of sports in American culture and the ways sports journalists report and write the wide range of issues in the field. Practical instruction in covering high school and college sports as continually breaking news stories; interviewing athletes and coaches; covering and reporting games or matches; and developing and informed voice for opinion writing.

JOUR 4002 Lawmaking and Lobbying (State Government) Reporting
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3900 with a grade of C or better
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Journalism majors only. Reporting and producing stories about local government entities, e.g. city council, board of education, county commission, etc. Emphasis will be on the ?watchdog. role of journalists, access to records and Freedom of Information Act requests and how coverage of local government can be produced to engage the consumers of journalism about urban issues.

JOUR 4005 Local Government Reporting
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3900 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Journalism majors only. Reporting and producing stories about local government entities, e.g. city council, board of education, county commission, etc. Emphasis will be on the “watchdog” role of journalists, access to records and Freedom of Information Act requests and how coverage of local government can be produced to engage the consumers of journalism about urban issues.

JOUR 4040 History of the News Media-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Comparative study of the origins and development of news systems in relation to their historical, social, political, ethical and economic environments. This is one of the capstone courses for the Journalism major. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all journalism majors.

JOUR 4120 Feature Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3010 and JOUR 3060 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval.
In-depth reporting and writing techniques for the development of feature writers across communication industries. Human interest writing is stressed.

JOUR 4180 JOUR 4180 Editorial & Critical Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3010 and JOUR 3060 with a grade C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval.
Analysis of editorials and persuasive writing; writing of editorials on national, state, and local issues. Analysis of leading critical periodicals; writing of criticism of films, television, books, plays, and other arts.

JOUR 4460 Health Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without departmental approval
Description

Use theories of health communication and persuasion to critique, develop, and evaluate health communication campaigns, entertainment-education efforts, and health in the news and entertainment media. Explore the role that interpersonal communication, social media, and new technology have on health behaviors.

JOUR 4480 Political Campaigns
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grades of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. (Same as SPCH 4480.) (For journalism majors only.) Principles, theories, and practices of communication in political campaign contexts. Addresses national and/or international campaign issues.

JOUR 4500 Visual Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. (Same as SPCH 4500.) (For journalism majors only.) Examination of communication theories that help explain how visual images symbolically interact with audiences. The manifest and latent persuasive functions of visual messages will be explored in a variety of contexts, from the mass media to human interaction.

JOUR 4510 Media and Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. (Same as SPCH 4510.) (For journalism majors only.) Examination of the symbiotic relationship among the media, the political process, and the public. Emphasis on how media structures and conventions help identify and frame issues and provide interpretative frameworks for analyzing political messages.

JOUR 4540 Public Relations Campaigns
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3950 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Students examine research, case specific policy-making implementation, outcomes, and strategies and tactics of public relations.

JOUR 4590 African-American Popular Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. (Same as AAS 4950.) (For journalism majors only.) Intellectual debates over the definitions and diversities of everyday African-American cultural production.

JOUR 4600 Readings in Journalism
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Readings and discussion of selected books and periodicals; reports, critiques, and lectures.

JOUR 4610 Advanced Desktop Editing and Publishing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval
Description

Focus on writing, editing, and producing desktop publishing for target audiences and assessing impact of desktop publishing.

JOUR 4650 International Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grade of C or higher Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval
Description

(Same as MES 4600.) Critical and comparative approaches to the study of communication systems and journalism at the national, regional, and global levels. Analysis of issues and implications of the globalization of mass media, information systems, and culture. Strategies for international communication research.

JOUR 4660 Corporate Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval
Description

Structures, functions, and outcomes of corporate communication policies and behaviors; corporate missions, business plans, and the design of strategic communication plans to accomplish goals in contexts of corporate cultures, target audiences, and environmental issues.

JOUR 4665 International Public Relations
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3500 with grade of C or better
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Modern trends in international public relations as practiced by corporations, non-profit organizations and governments in different countries and regions of the world.

JOUR 4710 TV News Magazine
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3900 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval.
Reporting, writing, and producing stories appropriate for a TV news magazine program. This is a lecture/lab course using audio/video equipment.

JOUR 4720 Radio News
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3900 with grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Reporting, writing and producing stories and newscasts appropriate for radio stations, networks and their web sites. This is a lecture/lab course which has students using audio and editing equipment.

JOUR 4750 Special Projects in Telecommunication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3900 with grade of C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval.
Supervised experience in individual projects developed out of the student’s professional interests and responsibilities. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

JOUR 4770 Media Management and Marketing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 and JOUR 3070 with grades of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Planning, organizing, coordinating, controlling, and marketing media entities.

JOUR 4780 Women and Media
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grade of C or higher for Journalism majors
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval.
Critical and analytical approaches applicable to the study of women in the media. Emphasis on research methods appropriate for analyzing mediated representations of women and the impact of those images on women in society.

JOUR 4800 Media, Ethics & Society-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Ethical, critical, theoretical and historical approaches to understanding mass media in contemporary society. This is one of two options for the senior capstone course for the Journalism major. It emphasizes critical thinking through research of ethical issues faced by past and present media professionals. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all journalism majors.

JOUR 4810 Media and Popular Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Examination of mediated popular cultural forms from a variety of analytical perspectives as a way to understand social structures and everyday practices. Emphasis on dominant cultural and subcultural readings of artifacts produced by the media.

JOUR 4840 TV Newscast
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3900 with a C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval.
Reporting, writing, and producing stories appropriate for a newscast on a TV station or a local cable TV channel.

JOUR 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisties: consent of the instructor and Honors Program director. Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project.

JOUR 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites JOUR 4870 with grade of C or higher and consent of instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Writing or production of honors thesis or project.

JOUR 4900 Selected Topics
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 4.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3060 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. May be repeated if topics vary. A maximum of eight credit hours may be applied to the major.

JOUR 4905 Special Topics
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 4.0
Prerequisites JOUR 3900 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of four credits can be applied to the major.

JOUR 4980 Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites eligibility criteria may be obtained from the Department of Communication Internship Coordinator
Description

Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval. Representative experiences in print and broadcast journalism or in public relations.

JOUR 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.

JOUR 4999 Directed Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 4.0
Prerequisites Only students who have met the Journalism Major Eligibility Requirements may enroll in this course without department approval
Description