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Media & Journalism (B.A.)

Launching in fall 2016, this major replaces the B.A. in media communication, which will still be completed by students who enrolled in spring 2016 and earlier.

Media now includes many forms of mass communication and social media to reach a wide variety of audiences via different media—ranging from the internet, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and books, to television, radio, film, and video. The media & journalism major offers and requires a variety of foundational and skills courses to help prepare students to enter the “real world” of media. The blending of media law and media ethics with hands-on skills is inherent in the courses offered in this major. Media & journalism graduates also benefit very substantially from the College’s core curriculum and electives in social sciences, sciences, humanities, and fine and performing arts because today’s media professionals need both broad knowledge backgrounds and specialized areas of expertise.

A student who graduates with a major in media & journalism will:

  • demonstrate the professional skills and knowledge necessary for success in media-related careers.
  • demonstrate academic knowledge and skills necessary for graduate studies in such fields as journalism, mass communication, media studies, film studies, public relations, or general communication studies.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the limited number of legal issues and the large number of ethical issues in media work created by First Amendment freedoms.

Television, Radio, and Online Media Track (54 CH)

  • COMM 235 Announcing (3 CH)
  • COMM 280 Survey of M​ediated​ Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 282 Writing for Media (3 CH)
  • COMM 301 Radio Broadcasting & Production (3 CH)
  • COMM 302 TV Studio Production (3 CH)
  • COMM 303 Field Production & Editing (3 CH)
  • COMM 304 ​Online, Television & Radio ​ Newswriting (3CH)
  • COMM 305 Television News Production (3 CH)
  • COMM 325 Communication Ethics (3 CH)
  • COMM 360 Co-Curricular Practicum I: The Thielensian (1 CH)
  • COMM 365 Co-Curricular Practicum II: TCTV (1 CH)
  • COMM 370 Co-Curricular Practicum III: WXTC (1 CH)
  • COMM 455 Media Law and Regulation (3 CH)
  • COMM 470 Senior Seminar (3 CH)
  • COMM 480 Communication Internship (3 CH)
  • CIS 113 Data Management Applications (1 CH)
  • CIS 129 Fundamentals of Information Systems (3 CH)
  • CSCI 139 Web Design and Development (3 CH)
  • CSCI 149 Programming in Python (4 CH)
  • CSCI 159 Introduction to Programming (4 CH)

Recommended: CSCI 331 Web Programming (Prerequisites: CSCI 139 and CSCI 319; CSCI 319 Prerequisites: CSCI 169 or CSCI 179 or CSCI 189, and CSCI 109 or CSCI 129)

Online and Print Media Track (48 CH)

  • COMM 220 Introduction to ​Online and Print Journalism (3 CH)
  • COMM 280 Survey of Mediated​ Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 281 Media Literacy (3 CH)
  • COMM 315 Online and Print Feature and Opinion Writing​ (3 CH)
  • COMM 325 Communication Ethics (3 CH)
  • COMM 340 Public Relations (3 CH)
  • COMM 350 Print Media Production (3 CH)
  • COMM 360 Co-Curricular Practicum I: The Thielensian (1 CH)
  • COMM 365 Co-Curricular Practicum II: TCTV (1 CH)
  • COMM 370 Co-Curricular Practicum III: WXTC (1 CH)
  • COMM 455 Media Law and Regulation (3 CH)
  • COMM 470 Senior Seminar (3 CH)
  • COMM 480 Communication Internship (3 CH)
  • CIS 113 Data Management Applications (1 CH)
  • CIS 129 Fundamentals of Information Systems (3 CH)
  • CSCI 139 Web Design and Development (3 CH)
  • CSCI 149 Programming in Python (4 CH)
  • CSCI 159 Introduction to Programming (4 CH)

Recommended: CSCI 331 Web Programming (Prerequisites: CSCI 139 and CSCI 319; CSCI 319 Prerequisites: CSCI 169 or CSCI 179 or CSCI 189, and CSCI 109 or CSCI 129)

Major Requirements for students enrolled spring 2016 or earlier (42 CH)

The major was previously called media communication (B.A.).

  • COMM 181 Public Speaking (3 CH)
  • COMM 235 Announcing (3 CH)
  • COMM 280 Survey of Mass Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 282 Writing for Mass Media (3 CH)
  • COMM 325 Communication Ethics (3 CH)
  • COMM 455 Media Law & Regulation (3 CH)
  • COMM 470 Senior Seminar (3 CH)
  • COMM 480 Internship (3 CH)
  • Communication electives (18 CH)