Professional Journalism Track (Option III)

The professional journalism specialization was designed for working journalists who want to enhance their skills and knowledge in the digital media world. Instead of specializing in a particular medium, students will learn how to produce and analyze news and information across multiple platforms. 

Under this option, the student must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit, at least 18 of which must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts). The program must include not fewer than 18 hours in the major. Students must complete a capstone project and intensive coursework in place of a minor. Fifteen hours of coursework is required and student selects 21 hours of electives.

Professional Journalism Track (Option III)

1. Required Courses
  JGRD 901 Mass Media Issues & Ethics* 3 cr. hr.
  JGRD 902 Multi-Platform Journalism* 3 cr. hr.
  JGRD 903 Media Management* 3 cr. hr.
  JGRD 992 Professional Project 6 cr. hr.
 
2. Elective Courses
  BRDC 869 Advanced Cinematrography/Videography 3 cr. hr.
  BRDC 873 Broadcast Documentary 3 cr. hr.
  JGRD 809 Seminar in Media Law* 3 cr. hr.
  JGRD 811 Seminar in Media History* 3 cr. hr.
  JGRD 915 Mass Media Theory* 3 cr. hr.
  JGRD 919 Mass Media Research* 3 cr. hr.
  JGRD 954 Government and the Media* 3 cr. hr.
  JOUR 807 Investigative & Computer-Assisted Reporting 3 cr. hr.
  JOUR 808 Politics and the Media 3 cr. hr.
  JOUR 812 Literature of Journalism 3 cr. hr.
  JOUR 814 Government Controls of Information 3 cr. hr.
  JOUR 822 Race, Gender and Media 3 cr. hr.
  JOUR 835 International Communications 3 cr. hr.
  NEWS 801 Depth Reporting 3 cr. hr.
  NEWS 804 News Photography 3 cr. hr.
  NEWS 806 Advanced Digital News Photography 3 cr. hr.
  NEWS 810 Creative Editing 3 cr. hr.
  NEWS 867 School of Publications 3 cr. hr.
  NEWS 879 Advanced Graphics 3 cr. hr.
      36 cr. hr. total
  Elective outside the College with permission from the student's committee
* open to graduate students only