Mass Communication Program - Courses

These are the current offerings in the Mass Communication Program. There are often special topics courses that are not listed on this list. Some recent topics include "Broadcast Newswriting," "Screenwriting" and others.

  • Jour 255 The Media and America (3) Prerequisite: Eng 102 or instructor's permission

    The history of the news media in the United States relates journalism to the political, economic, and social development of America.

  • Jour 275 Basic Media Writing (3) Prerequisite: Eng 102 and basic typing skills or instructor's permission

    The fundamentals of news reporting are developed with the aid of word processing computer software. The principal concepts of this course apply to all news media.

  • Jour 285 Radio Broadcasting (3) Prerequisite: Jour 275 or instructor's permission

    This is a course in producing radio news, public service announcements and underwriting. Other aspects of programming will be included.

  • Jour 290 Applied Communications (1-3) Prerequisite: Jour 285 or instructor's permission

    Students earn one credit hour for every three hours of work weekly on KASF-FM or its web site. See station manager for details.

  • Jour 296 Editing and Desktop Publishing (3) Prerequisite: Jour 275 or instructor's permission

    Students use computers to edit, copy, write headlines, scan photos, and design pages for publication.

  • Jour 297 Applied Journalism (3) Prerequisite: Jour 275 or instructor's permission

    Students earn one credit for every three hours of work weekly on the South Coloradan or its web site. See editor for details.

  • Jour 327 The World Wide Web (3) Prerequisite: Jour 275 or instructor's permission

    The primary emphasis of this course is the hands-on production of interactive, multimedia web pages through the development of basic writing, design, and coding skills. Some emphasis on the critical analysis of the web as a cultural force.

  • Jour 340 Feature Writing (3) Prerequisite: Jour 275 or instructor's permission

    This course focuses on newspaper, magazine and newsletter feature writing skills, including computer-assisted journalism.

  • Jour 346 Digital Still and Video Photography (3) Prerequisite: Jour 296 or instructor's permission

    The use of 35mm and digital cameras to photograph news subjects is covered. Students must have a 35 mm camera and purchase 24-hour film developing and printing.

  • Jour 350 Media Theory and Criticism (3) Prerequisite: Jour 275 or instructor's permission

    The purpose of this course is for students to explore foundational theories of mass communication: behaviorism, propaganda theory, public opinion formation, social responsibility theory, limited effects theory, and other contemporary theories of media. Contributions from Lippmann, McLuhan, and Chomsky will be analyzed and discussed to provide students with multiple frameworks for analyzing media usage, effects, and contributions.

  • Jour 360 Media Management (3) Prerequisite: Jour 296 or instructor's permission

    Students learn how to manage and motivate news staffs, how to deal with criticism from within and without the organization, and how to unite diverse elements into a cohesive whole.

  • Jour 370 Magazine Editing and Production (3)

    Students learn basic magazine editing and production principles applicable to both print and online magazines. Skills are further developed and applied through the production of classroom publications.

  • Jour 390 Applied Communications (1-3) Prerequisite: Jour 290 or instructor's permission

    Students earn one credit hour for every three hours of work weekly on KASF-FM or its web site. See station manager for details.

  • Jour 397 Applied Journalism (1-3) Prerequisite: Jour 297 or instructor's permission

    Students earn one credit for every three hours of work weekly on the South Coloradan or its web site. See editor for details.

  • Jour 457 Media Law and Ethics (3)

    Explores timely controversies that involve the journalist in a society where media ethics are constantly questioned by the public.

  • Jour 496 Communications Internship (3) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

    Involves the advanced communications student in a pre-employment situation designed to allow application of subject knowledge in a professional setting.