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A Five-Year BJ/MA Model

Since there are very few media that employ critics who do not also report on the business of the art they cover, this master’s model would develop expertise in both areas.


  • JOURN 7408 Magazine Editing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7410 Intermediate Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7418 Critical Reviewing (3 Credits) Highly recommended.

Program Core: 8 Credits

  • JOURN 7050 Communications Practice (2 Credits: 1 Credit Each Semester)
  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

Electives: 12 Credits

Journalism Electives: 6 Credits

  • 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)
  • JOURN 8106 The Magazine, Then and Now (3 Credits) Highly recommended.

One upper level Journalism course. The following are recommended:

  • JOURN 7420 Editorial Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7700 Online Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7738 General Semantics in Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7984 Magazine Staff (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7986 Advanced Writing (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)

Specialty Electives: 6 Credits. *See addendum below.

Capstone Level: 10 Credits

Professional Project

  • JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and
    JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 Credits)


  • JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and
    JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 Credits)

Total Suggested for Graduation: 30 Credits


*Addendum: Specialty Electives
This model strives to prepare journalists who are thoughtful and savvy critics and reporters of one specific area of the arts and entertainment industries. Two variables affect this preparation: the past experience of the student and the nature of the beat chosen. Critics of television (and cable, etc.) would be expected to concentrate more heavily on the business as business than, say, a theater critic, who would concentrate on the art of theater (without ignoring the business side). Most students following this model should expect to spend 6 credits learning about their chosen specialty outside of the School of Journalism. If, however, the student happens to have considerable experience as a professional artist, he or she may require less work in that field and more in journalism. For the non-practitioner, 12 credits in the field are not very many and should be chosen with care. For these reasons, it is essential that incoming master’s students plan and gain approval for their course of study prior to registering for a single class.

Many students in this model will want to attend the summer program in New York, where the opportunities for practicing arts journalism and research are greater. Students who elect this option may choose to distribute their coursework differently so that they end up working on their master’s project or thesis in New York the final summer. Two of the three sample schedules offered below end in New York.

The following are just a few examples of the clusters of specialty courses students may take. These are suggestions only, not requirements. The choice of specialty electives depends on the student, his or her adviser, and the depth of the student’s experience. The waiving of some prerequisites may need to be arranged, but is not guaranteed here. The student is not required to take all specialty electives in a single department. Students are cautioned against spreading the specialty electives so thin that he or she ends up being familiar with many fields but master of none.


  • THEATR 7710 History of American Theatre I (3 Credits)
  • THEATR 7720 History of American Theatre II (3 Credits)
  • THEATR 7830 Theatre Organization and Management (3 Credits)

Art History

  • AR H A 7120 Women, Art and Society 1700-1920 (3 Credits)
  • AR H A 7780 Advanced Course in Contemporary Art (3 Credits)
  • AR H A 8140 Art Theory and Criticism (3 Credits)


  • ENGLSH 7140 Modern Literature (3 Credits)
  • ENGLSH 8060 Studies in Criticism and Theory (3 Credits)
  • ENGLSH 8320 Studies in 20th Century American Lit. (3 Credits)


  • JOURN 7976 Seminar in Radio-TV News (3 Credits)
  • COMMUN 8150 Seminar in TV & Film Criticism (3 Credits)