Course Requirements

Journalism & Media Studies Major - Journalism Major Emphasis (54 credit hours)

A journalism degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College journalism major, you need to complete at least 54 credit hours in journalism and related courses:

Journalism Major - Required Courses

54 Credit hours required: all courses listed.

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Introduces students to industry-standard illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Winter, every year. Course fee.

Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems, and advertising. Fall, every year.

Introduces student to industry-standard web design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create functional and easily navigated websites. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257 or consent of instructor.

Investigates the role of journalism in society and teaches foundational skills for writing clear and effective news stories for multiple media platforms. Includes practical exercises in brainstorming, gathering, analyzing and organizing information, emphasizing critical thinking and public affairs. Fall,off years.

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Fall, every year.

Teaches foundations of verifying information and editing writers' copy for conciseness and accuracy. In addition to editing media copy using rules of grammar and journalistic style, students will learn effective methods of coaching writers and editing for all news platforms. Winter, even years.

Designed to build on students' reporting and writing skills, produce more complex stories including feature stories and hot-button social issues. Emphasis is on deepening the understanding of interviewing and reporting skills to produce more in-depth stories in multiple media formats. Fall, odd years. Prerequisites: JM100, JM115.

The course will examine the role of media in American history, including contemporary debates about the responsibilities and problems of journalism in a media-saturated society. Topics will include the role of media in shaping collective memory of historical events, public debates in politics and the public's understanding of social and cultural issues. Winter, odd years. Prerequisites: JM 101.

Provides experience in the creation of video and audio production. Course will give a greater understanding of digital video and audio technology, as well as creative expression through this technology. Winter, even years.

Examines media representations of women, people of color, the poor and other social groups. Introduces students to theoretical approaches to analyzing media including news, advertising and entertainment media. Also addresses the implications of these representations for journalists. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: JM101

Introduces student to the principles and basic skills of shooting photographs using digital SLR cameras. Digital editing basics will also be introduced. Application of these skills are made in subjective and applied assignments. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Builds on the writing and reporting skills acquired in JM100 and JM200, introducing literary techniques into nonfiction writing.Techniques include incorporating dialogue, narrative, documentary film, audio and photography to produce comprehensive nonfiction media packages. Winter, even years. Prerequisite:JM115, JM200.

Provides an overview of the public relations function, plus an examination of the practice of public relations in business and industry, education, politics and government associations and professional societies, health care, voluntary agencies, churches and the arts. Winter, odd years. Prerequisite: JM100, JM101

Investigates the study of the law and ethics pertaining to print media, advertising, public relations and mass communications in general.Topics covered include libel, privacy, privilege and responsibility.Fall, even years. Prerequisite: JM100, JM101

Teaches students to incorporate databases, hard-to-find public records and statistical data into reporting. Focuses on finding news in the public interest through deep analysis of government, corporate and other information. Also emphasizes legal and ethical issues raised in this type of reporting. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: JM 320.

Lab-based course that helps students strengthen and assemble portfolios t market themselves on the job market. Practical assignments include diversifying, improving and assembling media work in students' portfolios, practicing job interviewing skills and developing contacts at media organizations. Winter, every year.

Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the students' major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics.

Journalism & Media Studies Major - Media Studies Major Emphasis (54 hours)

A media studies degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College media studies major, you need to complete at least 54 credit hours in media studies and related courses:

Media Studies - Required Courses

54 credit hours

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Introduces students to industry-standard illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Winter, every year. Course fee.

Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems, and advertising. Fall, every year.

Introduces student to industry-standard web design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create functional and easily navigated websites. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257 or consent of instructor.

Investigates the role of journalism in society and teaches foundational skills for writing clear and effective news stories for multiple media platforms. Includes practical exercises in brainstorming, gathering, analyzing and organizing information, emphasizing critical thinking and public affairs. Fall,off years.

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Fall, every year.

Teaches foundations of verifying information and editing writers' copy for conciseness and accuracy. In addition to editing media copy using rules of grammar and journalistic style, students will learn effective methods of coaching writers and editing for all news platforms. Winter, even years.

Studies film history and creative techniques with an emphasis on the connections between film and culture, trends, and developments in US and world films. Satisfies English Education elective. Fall, odd years.

The course will examine the role of media in American history, including contemporary debates about the responsibilities and problems of journalism in a media-saturated society. Topics will include the role of media in shaping collective memory of historical events, public debates in politics and the public's understanding of social and cultural issues. Winter, odd years. Prerequisites: JM 101.

Provides experience in the creation of video and audio production. Course will give a greater understanding of digital video and audio technology, as well as creative expression through this technology. Winter, even years.

Examines media representations of women, people of color, the poor and other social groups. Introduces students to theoretical approaches to analyzing media including news, advertising and entertainment media. Also addresses the implications of these representations for journalists. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: JM101

Introduces student to the principles and basic skills of shooting photographs using digital SLR cameras. Digital editing basics will also be introduced. Application of these skills are made in subjective and applied assignments. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Provides an overview of the public relations function, plus an examination of the practice of public relations in business and industry, education, politics and government associations and professional societies, health care, voluntary agencies, churches and the arts. Winter, odd years. Prerequisite: JM100, JM101

Provides a survey of the social, economic and marketing influences and responsibilities of advertising. Topics covered include an examination of media strategy and primary techniques used to execute effective advertising. Students will also learn how to plan and manage advertising. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: JM101

Provides students with the background, techniques, and a general experience with sequential art to convey information. Graphic storytelling, comics and animation will all be explored. Fall, even years. Prerequisites: JM 157, JM257.

Investigates the study of the law and ethics pertaining to print media, advertising, public relations and mass communications in general.Topics covered include libel, privacy, privilege and responsibility.Fall, even years. Prerequisite: JM100, JM101

Studio-based course that allows students to strengthen and create digital portfolios and resumes to market themselves on the job market. Projects include diversifying, improving and assembling media work in students' portfolios, practicing job interviewing skills and developing contacts,as well as address issues in self-employment. This course will conclude in a presentation or exhibition. Winter, every year.

Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the students' major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics.

Journalism Minor (24 hours)

The journalism minor requries the completion of 24 credit hours of journalism and related courses.

Journalism Minor Required Courses

24 credit hours required.

Introduces students to industry-standard illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Winter, every year. Course fee.

Investigates the role of journalism in society and teaches foundational skills for writing clear and effective news stories for multiple media platforms. Includes practical exercises in brainstorming, gathering, analyzing and organizing information, emphasizing critical thinking and public affairs. Fall,off years.

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Fall, every year.

Teaches foundations of verifying information and editing writers' copy for conciseness and accuracy. In addition to editing media copy using rules of grammar and journalistic style, students will learn effective methods of coaching writers and editing for all news platforms. Winter, even years.

Designed to build on students' reporting and writing skills, produce more complex stories including feature stories and hot-button social issues. Emphasis is on deepening the understanding of interviewing and reporting skills to produce more in-depth stories in multiple media formats. Fall, odd years. Prerequisites: JM100, JM115.

The course will examine the role of media in American history, including contemporary debates about the responsibilities and problems of journalism in a media-saturated society. Topics will include the role of media in shaping collective memory of historical events, public debates in politics and the public's understanding of social and cultural issues. Winter, odd years. Prerequisites: JM 101.

Examines media representations of women, people of color, the poor and other social groups. Introduces students to theoretical approaches to analyzing media including news, advertising and entertainment media. Also addresses the implications of these representations for journalists. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: JM101

Investigates the study of the law and ethics pertaining to print media, advertising, public relations and mass communications in general.Topics covered include libel, privacy, privilege and responsibility.Fall, even years. Prerequisite: JM100, JM101

Media Studies Minor (24 hours)

The media studies minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours of media studies and related courses.

Media Studies Minor Requirements

24 credit hours required.

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Introduces student to industry-standard web design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create functional and easily navigated websites. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257 or consent of instructor.

Investigates the role of journalism in society and teaches foundational skills for writing clear and effective news stories for multiple media platforms. Includes practical exercises in brainstorming, gathering, analyzing and organizing information, emphasizing critical thinking and public affairs. Fall,off years.

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Fall, every year.

Studies film history and creative techniques with an emphasis on the connections between film and culture, trends, and developments in US and world films. Satisfies English Education elective. Fall, odd years.

The course will examine the role of media in American history, including contemporary debates about the responsibilities and problems of journalism in a media-saturated society. Topics will include the role of media in shaping collective memory of historical events, public debates in politics and the public's understanding of social and cultural issues. Winter, odd years. Prerequisites: JM 101.

Provides experience in the creation of video and audio production. Course will give a greater understanding of digital video and audio technology, as well as creative expression through this technology. Winter, even years.

Provides an overview of the public relations function, plus an examination of the practice of public relations in business and industry, education, politics and government associations and professional societies, health care, voluntary agencies, churches and the arts. Winter, odd years. Prerequisite: JM100, JM101

Information about Course Requirements
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