Communication Department Course Descriptions

JOU 1300
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.  
Fall

JOU 1310  
Basic Photography

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.
Fall  
 
JOU 2310  
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.
Fall 
 
JOU 2320  
Convergence Reporting

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.  
Fall 
 
JOU 2330  
Publications Design

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.
Spring odd 
 
JOU 2351  
Photojournalism I

Intensive shooting and storytelling of people and events with advanced photography and video.  Prerequisite: JOU 1300, 1310 with a grade of C or higher.
Spring even 
 
JOU 3300  
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.
Spring odd 
 
JOU 3330  
History of Mass Media

In-depth study of the development of American mass media. Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.

Spring even 

JOU 3340  
Copyediting
Effective techniques in the editing of stories and writing of headlines for print media. Prerequisite: JOU 2320 with a grade of C or higher.
Fall odd 
 
JOU 3352  
Photojournalism II

A continuation of expanding skills in photography and videography. Prerequisite: JOU 2351 with a grade of C or higher.
Fall even 
 
JOU 3365
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.
Spring even 
 
JOU 3370  
Integrated Media

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.
Spring even 
 
JOU 3372  
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.
Fall even 
 
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.  
Fall, Spring 
 
JOU 4210
Media Theory/Research

Study and use of research tools and theories available for media problem solving.  Prerequisite: JOU 1300 with a grade of C or higher.
Spring odd 
 
JOU 4300
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.
Fall odd 

JOU 4330
Media Internship

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.  
Fall, Spring. 
 
JOU 4345  
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.
Spring even 
 
JOU 4355  
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.
Spring odd 
 
JOU 4375  
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.
Spring odd 
 
JOU 4385
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.
Fall even 

SPH 2300
Oral Communications

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.  
Fall, Spring 


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