201 – American Media History – An overview of media history and development in the United States, including electronic media. The course provides an interpretative look at the men, women, and technological developments that have shaped theAmerican media as we know it today, including newspapers, magazines, television, radio, movies, and the Internet. Three hours. Staff.
202 – Media and Society – An examination of how American media, including print and electronic journalism, impacts society. The course highlights the intersection of media, business, technology, and law to give a complete picture of mass media's social impact. The course offers a comprehensive tour of the events, people and technologies that continue to shape the media that is changing American society. Three hours. Staff.
203 – The Craft of Editing – Editors have to know everything about everything. Introduces students to the essential skills of editing that help assure clarity, coherence, consistency, correctness, and elegance in written communication. Considers how the rapid and dramatic changes in print culture are blurring the lines between writer and editor. Prerequisite: ENGL 185. Same as ENGL 303. Three hours. Staff.
204 – Basic News Writing – An introduction to the different types of newspaper writing: news reports, reviews, editorials, etc. Includes a brief introduction to the general operations of a newspaper. Three hours. Staff.
205 – Advanced News Writing – A continuation of JOUR 204 in which each student concentrates upon one or two types of newspaper writing. Prerequisite: JOUR 204. Three hours. Staff.
303 – Communication Law and Ethics – Explores issues of communication and mass media from legal as well as ethical perspectives. This class will introduce you to the First Amendment and issues concerning the freedom of expression, including libel, privacy, and regulation of broadcasting and advertising. The class will also examine what different philosophical perspectives would say about ethics in communication and apply them to specific cases. Three hours. Conners.
450 – Internship in Journalism – Provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in their field. Prerequisites when used for the minor in journalism: JOUR 204 and 205. Application required; see Internship Program. Three hours. Staff.