Print this page

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