Course Descriptions

JOUR130. Intro Journalism & Public Relations

This course provides students with an introduction to career opportunities in the field of journalism. Discussions of various professions in journalism and public relations, career paths, and required skills. Skills discussed include: writing for print and electronic media under deadline, information gathering, interviewing, and editing. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

JOUR230. Public Relations Writing

This course focuses on developing the essential writing capabilities needed to complete a wide variety of projects in the public relations profession. It is designed to help students gain experience in researching, interviewing, writing, and producing materials used by public relations practitioners. These include biographies, press releases, fact sheets, backgrounders, newsletters, brochures, speeches, etc. Prerequisite: JOUR 130 or instructor’s consent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

JOUR231. Print and Web Journalism

This course is designed to introduce students to writing in a professional environment for the mass media. The emphasis of this course is placed on writing and editing news stories for both print and the Web. This includes writing various news stories under deadline while conforming to AP Style and implementing journalistic principles. Prerequisite: JOUR 130 or instructor’s consent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

JOUR233. Graphic Design

An introductory course designed to help students understand the visual aspect of communication. Emphasis is placed on the production process involved in the design of publications, advertisements, and logos. Additional topics discussed include the client interview process, photo editing, principles of marketing, portfolio creation, and the use of graphics editing software. Offered every fall.

JOUR332. Magazine and Feature Writing

This course gives students practice in writing features and in-depth magazine articles. Topics discussed include the nature and functions of magazines, feature article writing and editing, identifying article ideas and writing query letters. Students will take their projects through the writing, editing and placement process. Prerequisite: JOUR 130. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of even years.

JOUR333. Advanced Graphic Design

This course provides principles and practice in the visual aspect of communication in regard to magazine and newspaper layout. Emphasis on graphic design, typography, illustration and photography, printing and production techniques and the overall publication design process. Prerequisite JOUR 233 or instructors approval. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

JOUR336. Writing for the Mass Media

This course is designed for students who want to learn about professional writing opportunities and who are committed to professional and personal growth as writers in a variety of media styles. The focus is on writing the personal essay, feature stories, interviewing, press releases, and critical media reviews. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

JOUR339. Media Law

This course is designed to develop a student’s understanding of legal issues affecting print and electronic media. Emphasized topics include copyright, libel, privacy, freedom of the press, obscenity, and broadcast regulation. Other topics include ethical standards and self-regulation. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

JOUR416. Journalism Practicum

This course provides practical experience in writing and editing news stories in a professional environment. The focus of this practicum is typically placed upon writing various news stories under deadline for the campus newspaper or another similar news or public relations organization. Students can also gain practical experience in photography and publication design. This course may be repeated twice. Prerequisite: COMM 231 or JOUR 230. Credit, 1 hour. Offered every semester.

JOUR418. Senior Colloquium

All majors are required to demonstrate their expertise through a public presentation during one of the last two semesters before graduation. The subject will be one of the students choosing with departmental approvel. Credit, 1 hour. Offered every semester.