J100 Media Professions (2 credits)
Get an introduction to the four SOJC majors and provides a window into a range of dynamic media and communication professions, opportunities, and issues. The course has its own hashtag: #MPATUO. Follow it on Twitter to see what current students are saying.
J208 Introduction to Documentary Production (4 credits)
Get an introduction to the theory and practice of documentary production. Learn about aesthetics and the technology, research, and writing fundamentals of documentary making, through preproduction, production, and postproduction.
J211 Gateway to Media (8 credits)
This unique, three-course sequence of required courses integrates critical thinking, creative thinking, and basic skills for nonfiction storytelling while helping you build storytelling skills using words, photos, audio, and video.
J250 Media Studies Production (2 credits)
Add critical and cultural theory to the understanding of production skills and practice you’ll gain in Gateway to Media. Gain deeper knowledge of how production practices impact cultural and society by examining the relationship between theory and practice.
J320 Gender, Media, and Diversity (4 credits)
This critical study of the media’s representation of gender, race, ethnicity, and other social divisions explores ramifications and possible mechanisms of change.
J385 Communication Law (4 credits)
Learn about legal aspects of the media, including constitutional freedom of expression, news gathering, access to public records, libel, privacy, copyright, and advertising.
J396 International Communication (4 credits)
Learn about national and cultural differences in media, global news and information flow, implications of technological change, and communication and information policies.
J415 Media Studies Research Methods (4 credits)
Build the core skills to critically evaluate scientific and analytic studies and conduct research in the media studies tradition. Learn basic principles of media studies research methods, including experiments, surveys, naturalistic observations, and interviews.
J429 Media Technologies and Society: Topic (prerequisite: J201; 4 credits)
Examine how emerging communication technologies and contemporary media shape and produce new modes of social organization, behavior, and cultural production. Repeatable three times, for a maximum of 16 credits, when topic changes.
J430 Culture and Power in the Media: Topic (prerequisite: J201; 4 credits)
Using a critical lens, examine the ways in which global media produce and reproduce social, political, and economic disparities, as well the potential for media to provide alternative perspectives, viewpoints, and forms of representation. Repeatable three times, for a maximum of 16 credits, when topic changes.
J431 Media Structures and Regulation: Topic (prerequisite: J201; 4 credits)
Explore how the infrastructures and regulatory environments of national and global media institutions influence discourse, democracy, and public life. Repeatable three times, for a maximum of 16 credits, when topic changes.
J477 Topics in Science of Science Communication: Topic (4 credits)
Take a deep dive into issues related to the science of science communication, including an advanced exploration of health communication, decision making, numeracy, and environmental communication. Develop research projects in consultation with the instructor. Repeatable twice, for a maximum of 12 credits, when topic changes.
J494 Strategic Communication Research Methods (4 credits)
Get an introduction to how and why public relations and advertising professionals conduct and use research to formulate strategic campaigns and evaluate their effectiveness.
J495 Research Methods: Topic (4 credits)
Learn how to use a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to examine concepts and processes of research used in such areas as advertising, journalism, and strategic communication. Topics change each term.
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