Courses

The department faculty members find it rewarding to teach students the importance of curiosity, clear writing and editing, solid research and critical thinking as these apply to journalism. They teach students how to discern the significant from the trivial and the relative truth from demonstrable falsehood. Our goal for students when they complete our studies is excellence in reporting, editing, research and visual communication. The department has made a commitment to small class sizes because professors agree that students become better writers when they get close attention from faculty. As a result, all writing classes are limited to 16 students, and seminars are limited to 12. Professors routinely say that the most important lesson they can teach their students is one about personal and public responsibility. Journalists have certain rights and privileges that accompany their profession, but with those privileges comes a responsibility to act ethically and to always report the truth.

Journalism

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  • JOUR 100 News Media and Society

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSSA)

    Description
    History and development of print and electronic media. Conflicts between the free press and other social objectives. External and internal controls affecting news media and flow of information.
  • JOUR 101 New Writing and Reporting

    Units: 1

    Description
    Intensive training in basic writing and reporting skills, news values, ethical practices, and research. Includes frequent writing assignments.
  • JOUR 203 Introduction to Visual Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description
    Allows students who have mastered the basics of newsgathering to amplify and clarify those stories with images. Production of still photos and short videos suitable for publication.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 (or 200) and 101 (or 201) with a minimum grade of C

  • JOUR 204 Advanced News Writing and Reporting

    Units: 1

    Description
    Prepares students for digital-first, multimedia journalism and related fields. In-depth academic study coupled with practical experience in writing and reporting news articles, podcasting, data journalism, investigative journalism, beat coverage and development. Includes off-campus assignments designed to complement classroom instruction.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 101 (or 201)

  • JOUR 206 Journalism Law, Ethics

    Units: 1

    Description
    Case studies of ethical conflicts encountered in reporting and editing. State and federal case and statutory law affecting news media, especially libel, privacy, free expression, and "freedom of information".

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 (or 200) and 101 (or 201) with a minimum grade of C

  • JOUR 207 Editing for Print, Internet

    Units: 1

    Description
    Improving news writing through practice in copy reading, editing and discussion of news styles, grammar, usage, page design, headline writing, picture selection, news judgment, ethics.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 (or 200) and 101 (or 201) with a minimum grade of C

  • JOUR 210 History of American Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description
    History of American Journalism from Zenger to Zuckerberg. Examines the development of the concept of fairness and objectivity; the role key personalities played in American journalism; and the role changing technology had on the way news is gathered and consumed.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 (or 200) and 101 (or 201) with a minimum grade of C

  • JOUR 302 Public Affairs Reporting

    Units: 1

    Description
    Writing and reporting on public institutions such as police, courts, and legislative bodies. Interviewing and research using public documents. Frequent off-campus writing assignments.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 207 (or 301) and 200 with a minimum grade of C

  • JOUR 304 Seminar

    Units: 1

    Description
    Study of specialized field of reporting or writing.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 204 or 207

  • JOUR 305 Photojournalism

    Units: 1

    Description
    Theory and practice of news and feature photography, properties of light and lenses.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 203 with a minimum grade of D-

  • JOUR 306 Feature and Magazine Article Writing

    Units: 1

    Description
    Research and writing of news-feature and magazine articles.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 (or 200) and 101 (or 201) with a minimum grade of C

  • JOUR 307 Documentary Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description
    An introduction to the practice and art of documentary film.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 203 or FMST 202

  • JOUR 311 Covering Election Campaigns

    Units: 1

    Description
    Exploration of roles and responsibilities of the press in reporting on the U.S. political process.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 (or 200) and 202 (or 201)

  • JOUR 312 Independent Study

    Units: 0.5-1

    Description
    Enables qualified students who have completed basic requirements for major to work independently on special reporting and research projects.
  • JOUR 314 Literary Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description
    The development of non-fiction writing from the early 1900s to the present. Analysis of five or six nonfiction books and more than 30 long-form magazine articles by major nonfiction writers.
  • JOUR 370 Selected Topics in Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description
    Topics vary. Representative topics include drones in journalism, computer-assisted reporting and investigative reporting. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 or 200 AND JOUR 101 or 201 with a minimum grade of D-

  • JOUR 377 Community-Based Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description
    Supervised work in writing, research, or production for media both and on and off campus.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 (or 200) and 101 (or 201) with a minimum grade of C

  • JOUR 388 Internship

    Units: 0.25-1

    Description
    Supervised work in writing, research, or production for on- or off-campus news media. May be repeated with the consent of the instructor. Offered for pass/fail grade only. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisite

    JOUR 100 (or 200) and 202 (or 201)

  • JOUR 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description
    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.