Communication Department Course Descriptions
Introduction to Mass Media
Provides a comprehensive understanding of the mass media and its role in society, past and present. Includes an overview of the forms, history, structure, functions and effects of the press and its future.
Beginning course in theory and applied aspects of photojournalism. Includes study of cameras and basic techniques, including the use of Photoshop. Students must provide a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera with removable lens. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
Fundamentals of Multimedia
Journalism A study and practice of editing software for photos and video, and creating graphic images in print and web media. Students learn the basics of crossplatform, multimedia storytelling. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
The reporting of news through print, broadcast and online media with an emphasis on news storytelling. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
Innovative graphic design in page layout for print media. InDesign or Illustrator certification is required. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
Intensive shooting and storytelling of people and events with advanced photography and video. Prerequisite: JOU 1300, 1310 with a grade of C or higher.
Media Law & Ethics
Legal boundaries and ethical issues journalists must follow to operate in the modern media. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
History of Mass Media
In-depth study of the development of American mass media. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
Effective techniques in the editing of stories and writing of headlines for print media. Prerequisite: JOU 2320 with a grade of C or higher.
A continuation of expanding skills in photography and videography. Prerequisite: JOU 2351 with a grade of C or higher.
Principles of Online Journalism
An introduction to the World Wide Web with an emphasis on news storytelling. Prerequisite: JOU 2320 with a grade of C or higher.
Explores media digital storytelling, writing and publishing in alternative and non-traditional media formats. Premiere Pro certification is required. Prerequisite: JOU 2320 with a grade of C or higher.
Digital Media & Design
Application of traditional journalism skills to digital media practice with multimedia planning and design. Prerequisite: JOU 2310 with a grade of C or higher.
JOU 4100, 4101, 4102
Special Topics in Journalism
Readings and research into media topics such as law, ethics or history. May be taken up to three times.
Study and use of research tools and theories available for media problem solving. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
Christian Worldview in Media
Understanding how worldview (secular or Christian) can influence reporting and photography. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
Working with professionals at a media outlet on video, reporting, design, photography, and other projects. Requires junior or senior standing and completion of at least 24 hours toward a major or 12 hours toward a minor. Capstone class for Multimedia Communication or Journalism degrees.
Features, Editorials & Reviews
Coverage and writing for print and web of feature stories, editorials and reviews. Prerequisite: JOU 2320 with a grade of C or higher.
Social & Documentary Photography
A critical look at both documentary and photojournalistic photography, with an emphasis on examining photography’s central role in reflecting and shaping the cultural, social, political, economic, and scientific context of the 20th and 21st centuries. Prerequisite: JOU 1310 with a grade of C or higher.
Reporting for Electronic Media
Advanced reporting techniques, story development process and tools needed to interview and write, report and edit for web, broadcast, and print media.
The Media and the Church
Understanding how today’s churches are influenced by the media at large and how social media and how social media, video and blogs are becoming an accepted way for modern churches to reach the church body and community. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a C of higher or Department Chair Approval.
This course covers basic principles of oral communication, including group and individual presentations. It is designed to develop effective oral communication skills needed in the modern world.