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A Five-Year BJ/MA Model

This model is for students who want to focus on designing magazines, from small newsletters to consumer magazines. It is designed to provide the skills, theoretical framework and decision-making/management techniques important to a successful designer/art director. The model provides the necessary insights into writing and editing but focuses on the design and art direction of contemporary magazines. Students have the opportunity for hands-on work at a variety of magazines, including Vox, a weekly city magazine, and the Global Journalist.

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)

Magazine Design Core: 8 Credits

  • JOURN 7050 Communications Practice (2 Credits: 1 Credit Each Semester)
  • JOURN 7500 Advanced Newspaper Editing and Design (3 Credits) and/or
    JOURN 7508 Information Graphics (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7988 Advanced Magazine Design (3 Credits)

Electives: 6 Credits

Choose two courses with adviser approval.

  • Art: Graphic Design sequence courses.
  • Art History: Modern and contemporary art/graphic history.
  • Education: Advanced software design and application.
  • Geography: Mapping applications and design.
  • JOURN 7000 Communications Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7228 Strategic Design and Visuals II (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7566 Electronic Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7568 History of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7700 Online Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7738 General Semantics in Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8028 Literature of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8036 Seminar in History and Principles of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8086 Critical Analysis of the Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8092 Photography in Society (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