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A Five-Year BJ/MA Model

Today’s best reporters use sophisticated techniques to gather information. Often, this involves tapping into government and non-government databases and analyzing¬† information on computers. This model allows students to build an area of specialization in this important field by receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in five years. Students in this program work directly with faculty involved in managing Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. IRE, based at the School, is the nation’s leading support organization for investigative reporters. NICAR, a joint venture of IRE and the School, trains working reporters in the same techniques students learn.

Prerequisites

  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7460 Advanced Reporting (3 Credits)

Program Core: 6 Credits

  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

CAR Reporting Core: 8 Credits

  • JOURN 7050 Communications Practice (2 Credits: 1 Credit Each Semester)
  • JOURN 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.

Students must choose one of the following:

  • JOURN 7410 Intermediate Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7416 Science, Health and Environmental Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7438 Business Journalism and Economics Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7986 Advanced Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information (3 Credits)

Outside Electives: 6 Credits

Two of the following or adviser-approved substitutes:

  • ECONOM 7315 Public Economics (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7316 State and Local Finance (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7322 Economics, Regulation and Antitrust (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7325 International Monetary System (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7326 Economics of International Trade (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7329 Banking System and the Money Market (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7315 Social Demography (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7335 Social Change and Trends (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7510 Social Movements and Conflicts (3 Credits)

Capstone: 10 Credits

Professional Project

  • JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and
    JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 Credits)

Thesis

  • JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and
    JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 Credits)

Total Suggested for Graduation: 30 Credits