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JN 500 Orientation to Graduate Studies. One hour.
Taken the first semester. Introduces students to the program and program requirements and provides a forum for presentation and discussion of faculty and student research.

JN 501 Producing Community Journalism. Three Hours.                                          Primary first-term skills course.  Focus is on gathering, writing, editing and presenting of news and information across media platforms.

JN 502 Media Production Tools. Two hours.
Instruction in, and critical analysis of, communication technologies used in the production of journalism.

JN 503 Media Management and Operations. Three hours.
The class gives students “hands-on” experience with the operation of a news organization, as well as a conceptual understanding of management and economic principles.

JN 511 Depth and Investigative Reporting. Three hours.
Researching and writing major multiple-source articles, series, and projects for newspapers and magazines.

JN 512 Editorial Leadership. Three hours.
Study of the role, function, and construction of editorials and other persuasive writing.  May be repeated.   

JN 515 Advanced Magazine Writing. Three hours.
Writing and marketing of magazine articles. Study of technical, industrial, employee, and general-circulation magazines.

JN 520 Advanced Editing and Design of Publications. Three hours.
Lecture and laboratory. Study, research, applications, and production of traditional and online newspapers, magazines, and related media.

JN 525 Creative Non-Fiction Writing I. Three hours.
Study of journalism through works and leading non-fiction authors. Includes extensive writing in this genre.

JN 526 Creative Non-Fiction II. Three hours.
Study of journalism through works and leading non-fiction writers. Includes extensive writing in this genre.

JN 536 Teaching of Journalism. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CSE 579 or permission of the instructor.
Introduction to the techniques and practices of teaching scholastic journalism and management of school newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines.

JN 552 Journalism Theory and Research. Three hours.                                                 Exploration of theory and an overview of research approaches as they relate to the study of news media and their role in communities.

JN 553 Assessing Community Journalism. Three hours.
Applied, strategic methods for assessing effects of journalism and journalism innovations in a community context.

JN 561 Special Topics. Three hours.

Studies in specialized topics ranging from the theoretical to the practical. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.    


JN 562 Contemporary Issues in Journalism. Three hours.

Examines current issues facing the news media, ranging from professional problems to the human, social, and other consequences of news, news practices, and news technology.


JN 563 History of Journalism and the First Amendment. Three hours.

Study of the history of the principles and practices of American journalism, with particular attention to the First Amendment and freedom of the press.    


JN 564 Seminar in Journalism Research and Scholarship. Three hours.

Studies of applications of research in journalism. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. 


JN 572 Seminar in Professional Journalism. Three hours.

Studies in selected aspects of the practice of journalism. May be repeated. 


JN 590: Special Problems in Journalism. One to three hours.

Independent study as arranged.    


JN 591  Special Problems in Communication. Three hours.

Independent study as arranged. 


JN 597 Master's Project. One to three hours.

Students must complete three hours total in the Plan II option.    


JN 599 Thesis Research. One to twelve hours.

Students must complete six hours total in the Plan I option. MASTER OF ARTS IN TELECOMMUNICATION AND FILM

TCF 511 Seminar in Critical Studies in Television. Three hours.
Advanced study of selected topics in television criticism.
TCF 520 Telecommunication Effects. Three hours.
Study of individual and social effects of audio and visual mass media, with emphasis on research results.
TCF 533 Broadcast News Analysis. Three hours.
Historical and critical analysis of broadcast news and public-affairs programs in the United States; research methodology used in the assessment of news programming.
TCF 540 Seminar in American Cinema. Three hours.
Study of selected topics in American film genre, authorship, and the star system.
TCF 541 The Documentary Form. Three hours.
The documentary presentation in cinema and telecommunication as an informative and persuasive means of communication. Analysis and discussion of selected documentaries.
TCF 544 Seminar in Telecommunication/Film Topics. Three hours.
Analysis of contemporary issues in broadcasting, cable, and/or motion-picture industries. Topics vary with instructor.
TCF 545 Telecommunication Media Management. Three hours.
Study of station, cable TV, and network organization; decision making; and research techniques.
TCF 547 Telecommunication History and Systems. Three hours.
The development of the global information infrastructure since the middle of the 19th century, a comparative review of national legal and regulatory systems, international decision-making mechanisms and effects, the evolution of new forms of governance for the World Wide Web environment, and current issues.
TCF 548 Telecommunication Policy and Law. Three hours.
Organizational structures and processes that formulate and apply laws and regulations shaping broadcast, cable, satellite, and "new technology" operations; analysis of national policies and standards and their relationship to regional and international controls and practices.
TCF 553 Seminar in Telecommunication. Three hours.
Topics and instructors change with each offering. Individual research is emphasized. May be repeated, with permission of the instructor (6-hour limit).
TCF 575 Cable Television and New Technologies. Three hours.
Study of the history of the cable TV industry and operation of contemporary cable systems and selected other electronic media systems, such as communication satellites, wireless cable, cellular telephones, and high-definition video.
TCF 577 Cinema Seminar. Three hours.
Study of special topics in the history and theory of the cinema. May be repeated with permission of the instructor (6-hour limit).
TCF 597 Independent Research. Variable credit.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the student's program committee. May be repeated with permission of the instructor and approval of the program committee (6-hour limit).
TCF 598 Master's Research Project. One to three hours.
TCF 599 Thesis Research. One to six hours.



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