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A Five-Year BJ/MA Model

The convergence model educates students in the theory and skills of multimedia communication. Students will be prepared for leadership in the areas of print, broadcast and digital news and strategic communication.

Program Core: 9 Credits

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

One of the following courses:

  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communication Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)

Convergence Core: 6 Credits

  • JOURN 7802 Fundamentals of TV, Radio and Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7806 Convergence Editing and Producing (3 Credits)

In addition, students must demonstrate basic competency in Web design and publishing through an assessment or a not-for-credit boot camp.

Concentration: 6 Credits

Concentration courses are prepackaged electives and should be outside of the student’s undergraduate specialty area.

Capstone Level: 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: 31 Credits

Note: The university requires at least half of a graduate student’s coursework to be in 8000-level (or greater) courses. 4000-level (and below) courses do not carry graduate credit. Some courses will not be offered every semester. Plan accordingly by checking with your graduate adviser and the registrar’s schedule of courses for current course availability.