JOUR-J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications (3 cr)

Survey of the institutions of journalism and mass communication, their philosophical foundations, history, processes, economic realities, and effects.

JOUR-J 205 Soph Sem in Digital Media & Storytelling (3 cr.)

Introduces core concepts about digital storytelling and content development using digital media platforms and tools. The course includes an overview of how digital storytelling tools can be used in journalism, public relations, entertainment, and other content-focused industries. Includes some basic hands-on projects to apply foundational digital storytelling concepts.

JOUR-J 210 Visual Communication (3 cr.)

Theories of visual communications including human perception, psychology of color, and principles of design. Application of those theories to photography, video, and computer graphic design in news communication.

JOUR-J 390 Public Relations Writing (3 cr)

This course focuses solely on writing for Public Relations(PR). The writing assignments are rather short because PR writing is concise, not superfluous. The theoretical part of writing for PR will be explored. However, the knowledge and understanding of PR will be secured via practice. You will produce your writing and analyze PR writing of others. Moreover, you will learn the basics of one publishing software and produce PR pieces such as newsletters, brochures, and an organization reports.

JOUR-J 410 Journalism Media as Social Institutions (3 cr)

Examination of the functions and impact of the mass media in society with primary focus on the United States. Discussion of the values of media organizations and the professional and ethical values of journalists. Critical analysis of the relationship of the media and society and the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media.

JOUR-J 412 Media and Terrorism (3 cr)

This course focuses on the intersection of media, terrorism, and politics.  Specifically, this course examines the portrayal of terrorism in the media and on how terrorists use the media to influence public opinion.