Journalism Studies Courses

These intermediate-level classes are required for the Journalism Studies Minor. They give students an inside look at how news is produced and the skills necessary to critically consume and analyze news media. Students can take these classes concurrently with other Journalism Studies courses.

The Practice and Process of News

Gain an understanding of the kinds of work and industrial practices that go into news. Learn how to write news articles, and about newsroom workflow and the business and industrial pressures news organizations face.

News Literacy

Learn news processes and the tools you need to be a critical and engaged news consumer. Examine the newsgathering and production processes, as well as the social and political contexts in which breaking news and news information exist.

Approaches to Research in Journalism Studies

Get an overview of the quantitative and qualitative methods that scholars use to do research in journalism studies. Explore the major theories researchers use, such as boundary maintenance, cultural studies of journalism, framing, gatekeeping, sociology of work and more.

Journalism Studies Electives

Race and Racism in the News

Explore how the media address issues of race and class. Develop critical skills and perspectives necessary for journalists and others to understand and report the news in our culturally diverse society. Examine the power of the media, how editorial decisions are made and by whom, and begin to define the roles you can play as consumers or managers of media.

History of Journalism

Examine the development of U.S. media from the Colonial era to today. Study freedom of the press; the relationship of journalism to social, economic and political history; and the growth of book publishing, magazines, radio, TV and the internet.

Ethical Issues in Journalism

Gain a better understanding journalism ethics and the issues confronting journalists, as well as developing systematic, well-reasoned ways to address those issues. Case studies cover classic examples from journalism history alongside the complexities brought on by the internet. Focus on how journalists decide what they should and should not do instead of studying what they can and cannot do legally.

Gender and American Mass Media

Explore the role of gender in both media consumption and media practice. Though you’ll focus primarily on cultural and professional notions about women’s roles in U.S. society, you’ll also consider masculine stereotypes in the media world. Examine the history and current practices of various media, including advertising; broadcast news; entertainment shows; magazines; newspapers; and online film, media and music.

Journalism and Globalization

Take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to mass media systems of the world and their structures and functions. Study cultural exchange or invasion, international news flow, freedom of the press, mass media, modernization, and socialist and developing nations’ theories of press.

Visual Communication

Examine the many roles that still and motion images play in society. By analyzing visual expression (mainly advertising, documentary and journalistic works, but also examples from digital and social media), you will be introduced to the tools necessary to understand all forms of visual communication.

Ethnic and Alternative News Media

This course focuses on alternative, ethnic and immigrant communities and the audiences they serve. You’ll study analyses of the culture, organizational structures and ownership of newsroom operations; the cultural histories of ethnic, immigrant and alternative communities; the functions of such media organizations; and an overview of the creation and development of media organizations that serve these communities.

Journalism Special Topics

Each semester, a range of special topics classes covering contemporary issues in journalism are offered, such as solutions journalism classes focusing on gun violence and addiction, classes exploring the relationship between journalism and sports media, and classes giving serious attention to marijuana legalization from a public affairs and policy perspective.