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A Two-Year MA Model

This model is for students with no prior broadcast experience. Students enrolled in this model have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to earn a position in a television newsroom. This model will provide the practical and intellectual skills needed to advance in your field by thinking creatively and critically about your role and the profession.

Program Core: 9 Credits

  • 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)

Broadcast News Core: 12 Credits

  • JOURN 7300 Broadcast News I (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7306 Broadcast News II (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7308 Broadcast News III (3 Credits)
  • An advanced journalism course; the radio-television journalism area suggests one of the following:
    • JOURN 7320 Advanced Broadcast Reporting (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 7974 Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 7976 Seminar in Radio-TV News (3 Credits)

Electives: 9 Credits

Suggested Journalism Courses

  • JOURN 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7718 Law and the Courts (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7650 International Issues Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7310 News Producing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information (3 Credits)
  • An advanced convergence journalism course.

Suggested Interdisciplinary Courses

  • PUB AF 8430 Public Policy Analysis (3 Credits)
  • COMMUN 7618 Television Program Analysis and Criticism (3 Credits)
  • Advanced political science (POL SC) courses on:
    • American government.
    • U.S. court systems.
    • U.S. legislative systems.
    • Television criticism.

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: 43 Credits