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A Five-Year BJ/MA Model

This program is designed for students who have had substantial broadcast reporting training and experience and who want to further their careers in in-depth public affairs reporting. Students will combine computer-assisted reporting and advanced reporting projects with substantive work in related fields, for example public policy, economics, political science, etc. The goal is to produce reporters with in-depth knowledge and advanced journalistic skills who can work in a variety of settings.

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)

Public Affairs Reporting Core: 8 Credits

  • JOURN 7050 Communications Practice (2 Credits: 1 Credit Each Semester)
  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.

One from the following (3 Credits):

  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8036 Seminar in History and Principles of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communication Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)

Electives: 6 Credits

Two courses in an area of specialization; selected with approval of adviser. Courses should be selected in order to provide students with deeper understanding of issues/institutions that they may cover.

  • PUB AF 8430 Public Policy Analysis (3 Credits)
  • PUB AF 8620 Organizational Analysis and Change (3 Credits)
  • PUB AF 8820 Public Financial Administration (3 Credits)
  • PUB AF 8866 Local Government and Law (3 Credits)
  • POL SC 9200 Judicial Behavior (3 Credits)
  • POL SC 9300 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3 Credits)
  • POL SC 9310 Public Policy (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7087 Seminar in State and Economy (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7200 Social Inequalities (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7220 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7335 Social Change and Trends (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7400 Sociology of Health Systems (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7410 Sociology of Education
  • SOCIOL 7500 Sociology of Social Policy (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7510 Social Movements and Conflicts (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7520 Political Sociology (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7587 Seminar in Culture and Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7600 Contemporary Corrections (3 Credits)

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: 30 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.