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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Communication

Journalism

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

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380. Introduction to Research Methods. Survey of research areas, bibliography, role of theory, conceptual models, research methods. Required of all candidates for the Master of Arts degree with a major in journalism. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

380M. Advanced Projects in Photography. Advanced projects to demonstrate professional competence. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

380N. Advanced Projects in Journalism. Designed to prepare students to write the master's report. Students develop professional projects to demonstrate their competence in specialized skills; students present, discuss, and critique their own and other students' work. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of the graduate adviser. May be taken concurrently with Journalism 398R.

380W. Writing and Reporting. Three lecture hours and five laboratory hours a week for one semester. Journalism 321L and 380W may not both be counted. Required of all first-year students in the Master of Arts in journalism program, professional track. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in journalism.

381. Research Methods Seminar. Research techniques for investigating the control, content, audience, and effects of mass media. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. One topic is required of all candidates for the Master of Arts degree with a major in journalism. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Content Analysis.

Topic 2: Experimental Design.

Topic 3: Survey Research.

Topic 4: Qualitative Methods.

Topic 5: Advanced Journalistic Methods.

382. Seminar in Mass Communication. Readings, research, analyses in mass communications; oral and written reports in an area approved by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Sources of Communication Theory.

Topic 2: Research in the Literature of Journalism.

Topic 3: Public Opinion and Persuasion Theories.

383. International Communication Seminar. Role of the press in a democracy, under a dictatorship, in a revolution; the mass media in England, France, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and other areas; flow of international communication and obstacles to clear interpretation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

384. Mass Communication Theory. Study of the processes and effects of mass communication. Required of all candidates for the Master of Arts degree with a major in journalism. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

385. Social Functions and Role of the Mass Media. Contemporary issues and problems of the mass media in the United States. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of the graduate adviser.

386. Public Relations Seminar. Readings, research, analyses in public relations. Examination of the role of public relations in social, economic, and political campaigns. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Research Analyses in Public Relations.

Topic 2: Public Relations and Management.

Topic 3: Specialized Application of Public Relations.

Topic 4: International Public Relations.

388. Seminar in Photographic Criticism. Study of the basis for photographic styles and of their manifestations in the history of photography or in the student's own work. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

289, 389, 489. Problems in Specialized Fields. Research project chosen from area of student's major interests; written report required. Independent study. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of the graduate adviser. Students must complete the Journalism Research/Problems Course form before registering.

Topic 1: Photojournalism.

189P. Independent Research: Photojournalism. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

390. Seminar in Journalism History. Research projects in the history of communication media; examination of the social, economic, and political relationships of the media within historical environments. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, a course in the history of the media or consent of instructor, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of the graduate adviser.

391. Urban Communication. Civic images, media dilemmas on urban growth, decentralization; new telecommunications technology, the future "mediapolis" of postindustrial cities. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

392. Seminar in Media Law. Research in selected areas of social and legal responsibilities of the media. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Journalism 380 and 384, an undergraduate course in social and legal responsibilities or consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Constitutional Issues in Media Law.

Topic 2: Studies in Regulation of the Mass Media.

395. Topics in Journalism. Contemporary social, professional, and intellectual concerns with the practice of journalism. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or as required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Professional Writing for Journalists.

Topic 2: Advanced Photo Editing and Design. Advanced training in photo editing and publication design.

Topic 3: Documentary Video. Production and editing of video for television and online newspapers. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester.

Topic 4: Documentary Tradition of Latin America. Study of still photographic and video documentary work by Latin Americans about Latin America. Production of photographic essays on Latin American culture. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester.

Topic 5: Advanced Visual Design. Advanced exploration of visual design, including design principles, visual perception, typography, image-making, uses of color, printing techniques, and publication design. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester.

Topic 6: Interactive Multimedia Research. Survey of research methods and theories related to new media, with a focus on emerging technologies of mass communication.

Topic 7: Business Journalism. Practical training and experience in business and financial reporting and writing.

Topic 8: Editorial Column Writing. Hands-on work in column writing.

Topic 9: International Reporting. Designed to provide students with skills in foreign reporting and an understanding of international news production processes, with special emphasis on Latin America.

Topic 10: Multimedia Journalism. Review of online reporting techniques, advanced multimedia skills, and current issues in new media. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester.

698. Thesis. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in journalism and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Journalism 698A.

398R. Master's Report. Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in journalism and consent of the graduate adviser.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Journalism. Teaching under the close supervision of the course instructor; weekly group meetings with the instructor, individual consultations, and reports required throughout the teaching period. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, appointment as a teaching assistant, and consent of the graduate adviser.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree and written consent of the graduate adviser received prior to registering.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Journalism 399R, 699R, or 999R, and written consent of the graduate adviser received prior to registering.

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