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Two-Year MA Model

Program Core: 9 Credits

  • JOURN 0900 News Practicum (3 Credits) This course does not count toward the degree.
  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

One of the following four 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)

Reporting/Writing Core: 12 Credits

  • JOURN 7406 Newspaper Editing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7450 Newspaper Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7460 Advanced Reporting (3 Credits)

One of the following courses:

  • JOURN 7410 Intermediate Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7986 Advanced Writing (3 Credits)

Electives: 6 Credits

Suggested Courses:

  • JOURN 7106 Media & Art Criticism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7148 Interviewing Essentials (1 Credit)
  • JOURN 7412 Lifestyle Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7416 Science, Health and Environmental Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7418 Critical Reviewing (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7426 Religion Reporting and Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7438 Business Journalism and Economics Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7650 International Issues Reporting (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: 37 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.