• Students choose from a variety of courses that examine the media
  • Analysis and discussion
    play key roles in Media Studies
  • Senior research projects may look at the how and why

Media Studies

Interested in thinking and writing about media, but don’t want to be a journalist? The new Media Studies concentration in Journalism is designed for students who enjoy discussing, analyzing, and writing about film, TV, advertising, and other media. The degree is ideal for those interested in a liberal arts approach to mass communication, especially if planning to pursue graduate studies. Students will participate in academic media research and writing. Majors examine media messages in historical and contemporary media, plus critique visual images and their impact on society. They also explore how and why media influence audience perception and behavior.

MTSU Poll gauges public opinion in the region

The once-a-semester MTSU Poll measures opinions of Tennesseans on hot-button issues. Over the past decade, state residents have been sampled on such subjects as gay marriage, teacher tenure, illegal immigration, Muslims’ religious rights, political races, and the budget gap. Students learn from taking part in data analysis and interpretation. Responses are analyzed, and findings released to media. Two professors in the Media Studies program are highly involved: Dr. Ken Blake, operations director of the MTSU Poll, and Dr. Jason Reineke, associate director.

Majors study media from various perspectives

Courses for this conceptual concentration of Media Studies challenge students to think about the interplay between media and society. Topics include diversity such as race and gender, as well as global media systems and perspectives. Majors choose a course in media criticism from film, television, or mass communication. Students can pick three electives from options that include advertising and social media, sexuality and gender in adversity, mass media law, ethics, and healthcare communication. Media Studies majors also get to conduct a senior research project in an area of their own interest.

A degree in Media Studies gives students an academic background to prepare for a variety of career paths in the field of communications, including research. In particular, students may want to seek a graduate degree in mass communication or other areas such as law. Here are some potential occupations

  • Advertising agent
  • Broadcaster
  • College professor
  • Communications associate
  • Community relations director
  • Corporate trainer
  • Digital/social media manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Filmmaker
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing analyst/manager
  • Media buyer
  • Media critic/TV or movie reviewer
  • Media manager
  • Political campaign director
  • Pollster
  • Producer
  • Public relations manager
  • Reporter/writer
  • Researcher
  • Screenwriter/scriptwriter

Employers of MTSU alumni

Because this degree program is quite new, employer information is still being compiled.

MTSU's School of Journalism offers work leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Journalism. Concentrations are available in

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate or graduate students outside the College of Media and Entertainment may choose to minor in Mass Communication with an emphasis in any of the School of Journalism’s concentrations. 

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Media and Communication.

Journalism, Media Studies Concentration, B.S.

School of Journalism 
615-898-2814
Katie Foss, program coordinator
Katie.Foss@mtsu.edu

The Journalism major with a Media Studies concentration is designed for students who enjoy discussing, analyzing, and writing about film, television, advertising, and other media. In this concentration, students think about the interplay between media and society, exploring the messages in historical and contemporary media content, as well as examining how and why media influence audience perception and behavior.

Students should check the prerequisites for each course.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:\

Journalism, Media Studies, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (47 hours)

School of Journalism Core (14 hours)

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

 

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

  • JOUR 2720 - Digital Media Skills

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JOUR 1020/EMC 1020/RIM 1020. Professional skills necessary to create digital platform stories that integrate audio, photo, video, and text.

 

  • EMC 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 3650/RIM 3650.)

    A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. A comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.

  • JOUR 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3650/RIM 3650.) A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. Comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.

  • RIM 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 3650/EMC 3650.) A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. A comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.

 

  • JOUR 4880 - Professional Development  1 credit hour credit hours  

    JOUR 4880 - Professional Development

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior status. Issues faced by graduates upon entering the professional world or graduate school. Topics include preparation of the professional portfolio, the resume and cover letter, post-graduate study, and professional advancement. Should be completed by majors in the School of Journalism in either of their last two semesters prior to graduation.

 

  • JOUR 3580 - MC Practicum  1 to 3 credit hours  (1 credit hour) OR

    JOUR 3580 - MC Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing; permission of instructor. Practical experience in an on-campus mass communication setting. Note: Total credit for practicum and internship courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

  • JOUR 4000 - MC Internship  1 to 3 credit hours  (1 credit hour)

    JOUR 4000 - MC Internship

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; permission of the internship coordinator. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting. Note: Total credit for internship and practicum courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

Media Studies Foundation (12 hours)

  • JOUR 3510 - Media History and American Culture

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3510.) Development of American journalism and the mass media from Colonial times to the present, including the role and influence of mass media on American culture, technical advances, and contributions of individual personalities.

  • JOUR 4660 - Scientific Approaches to Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of scientific inquiry with specific emphasis on quantitative research methods. Introduces major theories and methods of scientific inquiry in the field of communication including psychological and sociological perspectives, survey research, content analysis, experiments, observational research, and statistical analysis. Explores audience analysis, media effects, message testing, campaign evaluation, political communication, public opinion, and new media technologies.

  • JOUR 4670 - Cultural Approaches to Media

    3 credit hours

    Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of cultural studies with specific emphasis on research methods. Explores popular culture, comparative media systems, global media flows, and new media technologies, among other topics pertinent to media and journalism.

  • VCOM 2010 - Introduction to Visual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Overview of concepts for effective visual communication; the role of visual elements and design practices in a cultural, historical, and political context; basic typography and design, electronic and digital composition and reproduction, and technological aspects of design and production.  

Conceptual Requirements (9 hours)

Choose three:

  • ADV 3060 - Issues in Advertising: Sexuality and Gender

    3 credit hours

    Explores use of sexuality and gender portrayals in print, broadcast, outdoor, and online and new forms of advertising from various theoretical perspectives and using actual cases.

  • JOUR 3000 - Introduction to Motion Pictures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. The development and role of motion pictures in America, including the history of films and filmmakers, the influence of film on American culture, and film criticism.

  • JOUR 3050 - Principles of Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students to fundamental issues in Health Communication. The development of health communication, the role of interpersonal communication in health care, the design and challenges of public health campaigns, intended and unintended health messages in news and popular media, the structure of health care organization, and key ethical issues in creating and disseminating health messages to diverse audiences. 

  • JOUR 4210 - Mass Communication and Society

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4210.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theories of the process of mass communication, how media affect society, the evolution within a social and cultural context, ethical and social dimensions. Extensive reading in theory, history, and research. Media-content emphasis varies depending on instructor's expertise.

  • JOUR 4240 - Television, Culture, and History

    3 credit hours

    Examines television as a cultural product, communication tool, "mirror on the world," and as an agent for social change. Explores censorship, sponsorship, ethics, and the impact of context on content. Focuses on role that television has had and continues to have on constructing notions of gender, race, class, and difference.

  • JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

  • JOUR 4700 - Mass Media and National Security

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing or permission of instructor. Examines the role of the mass media in maintaining national security. Topics include history, legal, and operational concerns from both media and the government perspectives. Discusses the tension between maintaining national security and American traditions of civil liberties and the role of both the media and government in these discussions.

  • JOUR 4800 - Seminar in Media Issues

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination and critical evaluation of issues relevant to the operation and functions of mass media, including their relationships to each other and to government, advertisers, consumers, and other publics. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

  • Approved School of Journalism elective 3 credit hours
  • VCOM 3810 - History of Visual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores various creative and critical dialogues between principles and practices, movements and paradigms, art, science, and technology relating specifically to journalism and visual media from the printed to the digital.  

 

  • EMC 4850 - Ethics and Mass Communication

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4850.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    Examines ethical concerns of media practitioners, illuminated by study of selected current ethical issues and an overview of the cultural and philosophical bases of a socially responsive mass media.  

  • JOUR 4850 - Ethics and Mass Communication

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4850.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination of ethical concerns of media practitioners illuminated by study of selected current ethical issues and an overview of the cultural and philosophical basis of socially responsive mass media.

  • EMC 3600 - Digital and Media Literacy

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 3600). Prerequisite: EMC 1020/JOUR 1020/RIM 1020. Enables students to develop an informed and critical understanding of media messages and media culture as well as their social, cultural, and political contexts and implications. Students develop the critical thinking skills and methods of analysis necessary to interpret media content in a digital age. Offers ways to think critically about media as they relate to citizenship and democracy.

  • JOUR 3600 - Digital and Media Literacy

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3600). Prerequisite: EMC 1020/JOUR 1020/RIM 1020. Enables students to develop an informed and critical understanding of media messages and media culture as well as their social, cultural, and political contexts and implications. Students develop the critical thinking skills and methods of analysis necessary to interpret media content in a digital age. Offers ways to think critically about media as they relate to citizenship and democracy.

Diversity and Global Culture (3 hours)

  • EMC 4790 - Global News and World Media Cultures

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4790.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    Systems and philosophies associated with gathering international news and news coverage in different regions. Looks at global communication systems and ownership; examines how cultures shape news and the role of the individual in reporting news internationally. Includes discussion of development issues and role of global advertising and public relations.

  • JOUR 4790 - Global News and World Media Cultures

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4790.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Systems and philosophies associated with gathering international news and news coverage in different regions. Looks at global communication systems and ownership; examines how cultures shape news and the role of the individual in reporting news internationally. Includes discussion of development issues and role of global advertising and public relations.

  • JOUR 4820 - Race, Gender, and Class in Media

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4820.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.

  • Approved School of Journalism elective 3 credit hours

Professional Development (6 hours)

Choose one:

  • ADV 3160 - Advertising Design and Visuals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ADV 3060 or permission of instructor. Creating and producing advertising messages for various media, including publications, broadcast, outdoor, and direct mail.

  • ADV 4250 - Interactive Advertising and Social Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ADV 3020. Explores advertisers' use of social media from various theoretical perspectives and using actual cases. Focuses on building skills in various platforms.

  • JOUR 2132 - Introduction to Video Journalism

    3 credit hours

    Essential production techniques and applied technical skills necessary to arrange, shoot, edit, and produce a television news story in the field. All facets of electronic media news field production covered including camera work, lighting, audio, and editing.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • JOUR 3520 - Special Topics in Professional Issues

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ADV/PR/VCOM 3520.) Prerequisites: JOUR 3090 or permission from the School of Journalism. Special topics in journalism, advertising, public relations, and visual communication focusing on practical applications. Topics change each semester and have included investigative, environmental, sports, and political reporting; visual editing; international public relations; and advertising account management. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

  • VCOM 2950 - Visual Communication Applications

    3 credit hours

    Introduction to software applications used in publication media design, related hardware and peripheral components applicable to publication design, and electronic publishing procedures.  

Choose one:

  • JOUR 3090 - Reporting  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 3090 - Reporting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JOUR 2710. Theory and practice of basic journalism skills, including content gathering, storytelling, evaluating, writing, and processing of news.

  • JOUR 3430 - Electronic Media News Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

    Stresses reporting, writing, and presenting radio news. The history, philosophy, and regulation of electronic media news. Laboratory required.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • JOUR 3530 - Feature Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 3530 - Feature Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JOUR 2710 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of writing feature stories for newspapers and magazines. Assignments in writing for professional publications as well as the student newspaper.

  • JOUR 4300 - Reviewing and Criticism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Theories and practice of reviewing and criticism in the mass media. Overview of current trends in film, theatre, music, books, and other entertainment media. Practice in critical and analytical writing.

Senior Capstone (3 hours)

  • JOUR 4910 - Research in Media Issues

    3 credit hours

    Students work on developing good writing skills while conducting original research in their areas of interest. Students will critique each other's writing in a peer-workshop environment, as they edit and revise their own writing--building to a journal-quality research paper presented to the class in a conference-like setting.

Minor (15-18 hours)

  • Selected from outside the School of Journalism and the Department of Electronic Media Communication

Electives (14-17 hours)

  • Students in the School of Journalism must complete 72 hours of coursework from outside JOUR or EMC courses. Students must select at least nine hours of liberal arts/social sciences (beyond General Education); at least six hours of liberal arts/social science electives must come from courses at the 3000-level or higher.

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Journalism, Media Studies

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Majors must have a C (2.00) or better in all Media and Entertainment courses.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

 

  • JOUR 2720 - Digital Media Skills

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JOUR 1020/EMC 1020/RIM 1020. Professional skills necessary to create digital platform stories that integrate audio, photo, video, and text.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

 

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

 

  • VCOM 2010 - Introduction to Visual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Overview of concepts for effective visual communication; the role of visual elements and design practices in a cultural, historical, and political context; basic typography and design, electronic and digital composition and reproduction, and technological aspects of design and production.  

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

  • JOUR 3510 - Media History and American Culture

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3510.) Development of American journalism and the mass media from Colonial times to the present, including the role and influence of mass media on American culture, technical advances, and contributions of individual personalities.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

  • JOUR 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3650/RIM 3650.) A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. Comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.

  • JOUR 4660 - Scientific Approaches to Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of scientific inquiry with specific emphasis on quantitative research methods. Introduces major theories and methods of scientific inquiry in the field of communication including psychological and sociological perspectives, survey research, content analysis, experiments, observational research, and statistical analysis. Explores audience analysis, media effects, message testing, campaign evaluation, political communication, public opinion, and new media technologies.

  • JOUR 4670 - Cultural Approaches to Media

    3 credit hours

    Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of cultural studies with specific emphasis on research methods. Explores popular culture, comparative media systems, global media flows, and new media technologies, among other topics pertinent to media and journalism.

  • Professional Development 6 credit cards
  • Conceptual courses 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • JOUR 4880 - Professional Development  1 credit hour credit hours  

    JOUR 4880 - Professional Development

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior status. Issues faced by graduates upon entering the professional world or graduate school. Topics include preparation of the professional portfolio, the resume and cover letter, post-graduate study, and professional advancement. Should be completed by majors in the School of Journalism in either of their last two semesters prior to graduation.

  • JOUR 4910 - Research in Media Issues

    3 credit hours

    Students work on developing good writing skills while conducting original research in their areas of interest. Students will critique each other's writing in a peer-workshop environment, as they edit and revise their own writing--building to a journal-quality research paper presented to the class in a conference-like setting.

  • Conceptual course 3 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Electives 8 credit hours
  • Minor/elective courses 3 credit hours

 

  • EMC 4790 - Global News and World Media Cultures

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4790.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    Systems and philosophies associated with gathering international news and news coverage in different regions. Looks at global communication systems and ownership; examines how cultures shape news and the role of the individual in reporting news internationally. Includes discussion of development issues and role of global advertising and public relations.

  • JOUR 4790 - Global News and World Media Cultures

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4790.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Systems and philosophies associated with gathering international news and news coverage in different regions. Looks at global communication systems and ownership; examines how cultures shape news and the role of the individual in reporting news internationally. Includes discussion of development issues and role of global advertising and public relations.

  • EMC 4820 - Race, Gender, and Class in Media

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4820.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

    Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.

  • Approved School of Journalism elective 3 credit hours

 

  • JOUR 3580 - MC Practicum  1 to 3 credit hours  (1 credit hour required) OR

    JOUR 3580 - MC Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing; permission of instructor. Practical experience in an on-campus mass communication setting. Note: Total credit for practicum and internship courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

  • JOUR 4000 - MC Internship  1 to 3 credit hours  (1 credit hour required)

    JOUR 4000 - MC Internship

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; permission of the internship coordinator. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting. Note: Total credit for internship and practicum courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

Subtotal: 28 Hours

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Journalism

JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

JOUR 2132 - Introduction to Video Journalism
3 credit hours

Essential production techniques and applied technical skills necessary to arrange, shoot, edit, and produce a television news story in the field. All facets of electronic media news field production covered including camera work, lighting, audio, and editing.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 2710 - Media Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

JOUR 2720 - Digital Media Skills
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JOUR 1020/EMC 1020/RIM 1020. Professional skills necessary to create digital platform stories that integrate audio, photo, video, and text.

JOUR 3000 - Introduction to Motion Pictures
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. The development and role of motion pictures in America, including the history of films and filmmakers, the influence of film on American culture, and film criticism.

JOUR 3050 - Principles of Health Communication
3 credit hours

Introduces students to fundamental issues in Health Communication. The development of health communication, the role of interpersonal communication in health care, the design and challenges of public health campaigns, intended and unintended health messages in news and popular media, the structure of health care organization, and key ethical issues in creating and disseminating health messages to diverse audiences. 

JOUR 3070 - Introduction to Social Media Practice
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EMC 2500 and EMC 3060. Introduces social media history, approaches, and practical application. Overview of social media usage within and on behalf of organizations and institutions through a practical analysis approach that focuses on the application of social media techniques.

JOUR 3090 - Reporting
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JOUR 2710. Theory and practice of basic journalism skills, including content gathering, storytelling, evaluating, writing, and processing of news.

JOUR 3100 - Introduction to Popular Music Studies
3 credit hours

(Same as RIM 3100.) Prerequisite: RI major - admission to candidacy; others - permission of instructor. Introduces students to different academic and theoretical approaches to popular music as a social and cultural phenomenon. A discussion oriented class that is both reading and writing intensive.

JOUR 3430 - Electronic Media News Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

Stresses reporting, writing, and presenting radio news. The history, philosophy, and regulation of electronic media news. Laboratory required.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 3450 - Editing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JOUR 3090 with minimum grade of C. Theory and practice in the art of copy editing, including editing, language skills, newspaper style, news judgment, headline writing, photo editing, cutline writing, and page design.

JOUR 3500 - Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: JOUR 2132 and JOUR 3430 with minimum grade of C. Theory and practice in the gathering, editing, and writing of news for electronic media. Attention given to on-the-air presentation. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 3510 - Media History and American Culture
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3510.) Development of American journalism and the mass media from Colonial times to the present, including the role and influence of mass media on American culture, technical advances, and contributions of individual personalities.

JOUR 3520 - Special Topics in Professional Issues
3 credit hours

(Same as ADV/PR/VCOM 3520.) Prerequisites: JOUR 3090 or permission from the School of Journalism. Special topics in journalism, advertising, public relations, and visual communication focusing on practical applications. Topics change each semester and have included investigative, environmental, sports, and political reporting; visual editing; international public relations; and advertising account management. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

JOUR 3530 - Feature Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JOUR 2710 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of writing feature stories for newspapers and magazines. Assignments in writing for professional publications as well as the student newspaper.

JOUR 3570 - Broadcast Announcing and Performance
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3570.) Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

Responsibilities and skills required of the individual performer in preparing, announcing, and narrating of various types of materials for television and radio.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 3580 - MC Practicum
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing; permission of instructor. Practical experience in an on-campus mass communication setting. Note: Total credit for practicum and internship courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

JOUR 3590 - Magazine Writing and Editing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JOUR 3530. Types of magazines and editorial needs; practice in magazine article writing.

JOUR 3600 - Digital and Media Literacy
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3600). Prerequisite: EMC 1020/JOUR 1020/RIM 1020. Enables students to develop an informed and critical understanding of media messages and media culture as well as their social, cultural, and political contexts and implications. Students develop the critical thinking skills and methods of analysis necessary to interpret media content in a digital age. Offers ways to think critically about media as they relate to citizenship and democracy.

JOUR 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3650/RIM 3650.) A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. Comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.

JOUR 3660 - Strategic Communication Research
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JOUR 2710, permission of instructor, or permission of the School of Journalism. Introduces research methods used in advertising, journalism, public relations, and strategic communication. Provides experiences in scientific research and data analysis, including quantitative and qualitative methods, content analysis, experiments, surveys and focus groups for diagnosing, planning, managing, and evaluating situations.

JOUR 3740 - Advanced Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: JOUR 3430, JOUR 3500, and EMC 3570/JOUR 3570. Theory and practice of television journalism, including use of electronic news-gathering equipment, evaluating and processing news for broadcast, and delivery of television news. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 4000 - MC Internship
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; permission of the internship coordinator. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting. Note: Total credit for internship and practicum courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

JOUR 4210 - Mass Communication and Society
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4210.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theories of the process of mass communication, how media affect society, the evolution within a social and cultural context, ethical and social dimensions. Extensive reading in theory, history, and research. Media-content emphasis varies depending on instructor's expertise.

JOUR 4240 - Television, Culture, and History
3 credit hours

Examines television as a cultural product, communication tool, "mirror on the world," and as an agent for social change. Explores censorship, sponsorship, ethics, and the impact of context on content. Focuses on role that television has had and continues to have on constructing notions of gender, race, class, and difference.

JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

JOUR 4300 - Reviewing and Criticism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Theories and practice of reviewing and criticism in the mass media. Overview of current trends in film, theatre, music, books, and other entertainment media. Practice in critical and analytical writing.

JOUR 4440 - Advanced Reporting
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JOUR 3090. Advanced theory and practice in news reporting, emphasis on coverage of governmental affairs and other public affairs-related assignments, including an introduction to interpretive and investigative reporting techniques.

JOUR 4660 - Scientific Approaches to Media
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of scientific inquiry with specific emphasis on quantitative research methods. Introduces major theories and methods of scientific inquiry in the field of communication including psychological and sociological perspectives, survey research, content analysis, experiments, observational research, and statistical analysis. Explores audience analysis, media effects, message testing, campaign evaluation, political communication, public opinion, and new media technologies.

JOUR 4670 - Cultural Approaches to Media
3 credit hours

Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of cultural studies with specific emphasis on research methods. Explores popular culture, comparative media systems, global media flows, and new media technologies, among other topics pertinent to media and journalism.

JOUR 4700 - Mass Media and National Security
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing or permission of instructor. Examines the role of the mass media in maintaining national security. Topics include history, legal, and operational concerns from both media and the government perspectives. Discusses the tension between maintaining national security and American traditions of civil liberties and the role of both the media and government in these discussions.

JOUR 4780 - Media and Markets
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Approaches to understanding media audiences. Examines tensions between the business and public functions of media, and social and ethical conflicts related to media marketing.

JOUR 4790 - Global News and World Media Cultures
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4790.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Systems and philosophies associated with gathering international news and news coverage in different regions. Looks at global communication systems and ownership; examines how cultures shape news and the role of the individual in reporting news internationally. Includes discussion of development issues and role of global advertising and public relations.

JOUR 4800 - Seminar in Media Issues
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination and critical evaluation of issues relevant to the operation and functions of mass media, including their relationships to each other and to government, advertisers, consumers, and other publics. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

JOUR 4810 - Global Comparative Media Systems
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4810.) A close comparative study of chosen media systems in regions of the world. Examines print, broadcast, entertainment, and new media in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim Region, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Media interactions with an influence on the geographic, demographic, linguistic, cultural, economic, and political structures of countries.

JOUR 4820 - Race, Gender, and Class in Media
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4820.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.

JOUR 4850 - Ethics and Mass Communication
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4850.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination of ethical concerns of media practitioners illuminated by study of selected current ethical issues and an overview of the cultural and philosophical basis of socially responsive mass media.

JOUR 4880 - Professional Development
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Senior status. Issues faced by graduates upon entering the professional world or graduate school. Topics include preparation of the professional portfolio, the resume and cover letter, post-graduate study, and professional advancement. Should be completed by majors in the School of Journalism in either of their last two semesters prior to graduation.

JOUR 4900 - Independent Study In Mass Communication
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent study projects or research related to media issues or professions.

JOUR 4910 - Research in Media Issues
3 credit hours

Students work on developing good writing skills while conducting original research in their areas of interest. Students will critique each other's writing in a peer-workshop environment, as they edit and revise their own writing--building to a journal-quality research paper presented to the class in a conference-like setting.

Contact and Student Information

Katie Foss
katie.foss@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7747

Janae Daniels
Janae.Daniels@mtsu.edu
615-494-7997 | BRAGG 230K

School of Journalism
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 64
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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