Journalism

Journalism Major

Learn more about this major

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a bachelor of arts degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

Students can earn a bachelor of science degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of science degree.

Major Requirements: 13 courses, 52 credits

Core Requirements (10 courses, 40 credits)

Credits:

4

Description:

As an introduction to the communication discipline, this course examines the significance of communication to the symbolic construction of meaning. Students receive an overview of multiple forms of communication, including face-to-face, verbal/non-verbal, small group, intercultural, organizational, and mediated communication. The class devotes attention to the influence of culture on communication and to ethical complexities relating to communication.

Credits:

4

Description:

Oral communication skills have been rated as vital to today's professional world. Students will learn these skills focusing on the three principal types of oral communication (interpersonal, team and public address). Sample assignments include creating a webinar, interviewing and team presentation. Specific attention will be given to communicating in diverse contexts, in an online environment, and for a diverse audience.

Credits:

4

Description:

An introductory news writing course designed to teach both the writing style used by journalists and basic techniques used for gathering and presenting information for general publication. The course emphasizes fundamental writing and reporting skills such as interviews, finding sources, and choosing essential facts. Students also introduced to feature news writing and are assigned to develop and write basic stories drawn from real-life situations.

Credits:

4

Description:

This course provides an introduction to a humanities approach to a range of media, including but not limited to film and television. The course helps students develop visual literacies, enriching their understanding of multiple forms of media. The class also explores how media texts are constructed for specific cultural, entertainment, informative and propaganda purposes.

Prerequisites:

CJN 112

Credits:

4

Description:

Modern reporting techniques are examined and applied to writing full-length news and feature news stories," with an emphasis on investigative journalism. The course includes an introduction to and an analysis of alternative or ""new journalism\"

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the legal rights, responsibilities, and constraints on the media and on media professionals. Focus on defamation, copyright, obscenity, broadcast regulation, and media-related tort law.

Prerequisites:

Take CJN-112;

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces students to newswriting, production, and performance techniques for radio and television. Students write, produce, and perform new packages as part of the course.

Prerequisites:

CJN-152

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Practical exposure to methods of production and production equipment of the media. Students are introduced to basic theoretical concepts, such as three-point lighting and white balancing, and apply those to their productions. Students create a variety of non-fiction videos in teams and/or by themselves.

Prerequisites:

CJN-253

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The development and implementation of news stories for web media. Emphasis is on the narrative form in the integration of writing, video, sound, and photography in producing news content for the web.

Prerequisites:

CJN-112

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Each time this course is offered it examines a different issue in Journalism, such as social justice journalism, electronic journalism, ethics, political journalism, or international journalism.

Note: All students should take CJN-101 and CJN-152 during their first year.

Choose either the Broadcast Journalism Concentration or the Print/Web Journalism Concentration.

Broadcast Journalism Concentration (3 courses, 12 credits)

Prerequisites:

Take CJN-2355 (formerly CJN-355) and CJN-253

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Advanced work in newswriting, production, and performance techniques for television. Students report, write, and produce news packages, with emphasis on increasing the depth, breadth, and frequency of reporting. Work also includes gathering, organizing, and evaluating the newsworthiness of information, evaluating the credibility of sources, writing the story, and producing broadcast quality work. Cannot be taken concurrently with CJN 483.

Choose two of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides students with a hands-on introduction to the process of planning, preparing, producing, and evaluating studio productions. Students are exposed to the elements and terminology of a multi-camera studio with live switching, audio mixing, and studio lighting. Students produce interviews, public service announcements, and a live variety/talk show.

Prerequisites:

CJN-253 and CJN-2355(formerly CJN-355) and CJN-353 or CJN-361 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students write, direct, crew, edit, and serve as talent in producing the CJN Department's weekly news program aired on Boston Cable Access. Cannot be taken concurrently with CJN 361 or CJN 353.

Prerequisites:

12 hours of CJN coursework and CJN advisor consent

Credits:

1.00-12.00

Description:

Practicum and internship projects are available prior to the start of each semester. Prerequisites: Any CJN major with a minimum of 12 credits of coursework or permission of the Department Chairperson. 1-3 terms : 1-12 credits.

Print/Web Journalism Concentration (3 courses, 12 credits)

Prerequisites:

Senior status or instructor permission

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Principles and techniques of advanced news, features, and investigative reporting are studied and applied, with a focus on enterprise reporting. Students develop, organize and write detailed news and news-feature stories based on original research.

Choose two of the following:

Credits:

4

Description:

An introduction to the role of photography in the journalistic process. A discussion of photography as communication and a survey of the history of photography.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Analysis and critique of movies, theater, music, art, and food.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The course focus is on some of the divisions and conflicts within Israeli society. Students analyze and compare mainstream media discourse to alternative representations in documentary film. Analysis also covers media representation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Prerequisites:

CJN 112 or CJN 113

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A study of the fundamentals of copy editing, newspaper typography, and makeup.

Prerequisites:

12 hours of CJN coursework and CJN advisor consent

Credits:

1.00-12.00

Description:

Practicum and internship projects are available prior to the start of each semester. Prerequisites: Any CJN major with a minimum of 12 credits of coursework or permission of the Department Chairperson. 1-3 terms : 1-12 credits.

Production Concentration (Optional): 4 courses, 16 credits

Choose four of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students study cinematography techniques and theory, putting them into practical application in various projects using video cameras, lighting, and composition to create images and scenes. Students produce work in multiple environments including stage and on-location shoots.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides students with a hands-on introduction to the process of planning, preparing, producing, and evaluating studio productions. Students are exposed to the elements and terminology of a multi-camera studio with live switching, audio mixing, and studio lighting. Students produce interviews, public service announcements, and a live variety/talk show.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An exploration into the activities that wrap up the creation of films and television programs. Students create and add motion-graphics and visual effects to edited programs, generating output for videotape, the web, and DVD platforms.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students learn the basic principles of writing a short film for the screen by examining professional scripts and one-act films, and then creating, step-by-step, their own one-act screenplay so that it could be ready for production.

Prerequisites:

CJN-2355(formerly CJN-355)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Building on skills acquired in CJN 2355, students use advanced equipment and production techniques to produce complex video projects, including fiction filmmaking. Projects cover various styles and genres, such as music video and film noir.

Prerequisites:

CJN-2355 or instructor consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This advanced class works together as a crew to create of a short narrative film shot in HD video. Students learn the process of making professional-quality work, and each student is responsible for various crew positions during pre-production and the shooting of the film.

Prerequisites:

Any Media/Film or Broadcast major with a minimum of 12 credits of coursework or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Practicum and internship projects are available prior to the start of each semester.

Note: Select courses, if completed for the Media and Film or Journalism major, may double count for the Production Concentration.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Journalism Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will...
Students will be able to...
Understand the nature of current news events and the forces that shape news judgment
  • Identify news elements in news stories
  • Demonstrate awareness of current events both locally and globally
  • Demonstrate an awareness for the perspectives of diverse communities in news judgment
  • Understand the importance of ethical consideration in news reporting, the law of governing mass communication in the United States, and the central role of journalism in democratic societies
  • Master reporting skills using ethical principles in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity
  • Demonstrate critical, creative and independent thought processes to report a story
  • Cite and apply specific aspects of the law
  • Know and understand the nature of news gathering, news writing, and aspects of producing an electronic news package in different settings
  • Conduct research using a variety of reporting tools, such as stored sources, field reporting and interviews
  • Critically evaluate information
  • Write correctly and clearly in a variety of formats, such as print and broadcast
  • Write news stories using the correct broadcast style and appropriate focus on writing for visuals
  • Write news stories in different broadcast formats such as radio and TV news packages
  • Understand and know the skills for working in a diverse and changing media environment
  • Write news stories using the correct print and online styles for features, hard news and beat reporting
  • Write news stories using the correct broadcast style and appropriate focus on writing for visuals
  • Write news stories in different broadcast formats such as radio and TV news packages
  • Understand the lifestyle required in the pursuit of a journalism career
  • Demonstrate hands-on creation in reporting, writing, electronic news gathering and editing though practicum, workshops or internships
  • Create career goals through meetings with advisors and professional journalists
  • Create a portfolio with samples of reporting and production work, in preparation for seeking employment in journalism
  • Journalism Minor

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    Minor Requirements: 5 courses, 20 credits

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    An introductory news writing course designed to teach both the writing style used by journalists and basic techniques used for gathering and presenting information for general publication. The course emphasizes fundamental writing and reporting skills such as interviews, finding sources, and choosing essential facts. Students also introduced to feature news writing and are assigned to develop and write basic stories drawn from real-life situations.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN 112

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Modern reporting techniques are examined and applied to writing full-length news and feature news stories," with an emphasis on investigative journalism. The course includes an introduction to and an analysis of alternative or ""new journalism\"

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-112

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Each time this course is offered it examines a different issue in Journalism, such as social justice journalism, electronic journalism, ethics, political journalism, or international journalism.

    Choose two of the following:

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    An introduction to the role of photography in the journalistic process. A discussion of photography as communication and a survey of the history of photography.

    Prerequisites:

    Take CJN-112;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces students to newswriting, production, and performance techniques for radio and television. Students write, produce, and perform new packages as part of the course.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN 112 or CJN 113

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of the fundamentals of copy editing, newspaper typography, and makeup.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Analysis and critique of movies, theater, music, art, and food.

    Prerequisites:

    Senior status or instructor permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Principles and techniques of advanced news, features, and investigative reporting are studied and applied, with a focus on enterprise reporting. Students develop, organize and write detailed news and news-feature stories based on original research.

    Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

    Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major or double major combination to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

    Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's in Communication

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    Degree Requirements

    1. Students admitted to this dual degree program must meet all the requirements of an undergraduate major offered by the department of Communication & Journalism or the department of Advertising, Public Relations, & Social Media.
    2. Students must also meet all requirements for the Master’s degree in Communication.
    3. Students will take two Communication graduate courses during their senior year; one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. The two graduate courses taken during the senior year will count toward BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Credit hours will be awarded based on the graduate course description.
    4. The graduate courses taken during the senior year will be determined by the Communication graduate program director.
    5. Students are subject to the usual standards for academic standing, i.e., undergraduate standards for undergraduate courses and graduate standards for graduate courses.

    Upon successful completion of all of the degree requirements, a student will receive a dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. The exact degree will be awarded based on the specific undergraduate program the student completes. A student may permanently exit the dual degree program and opt to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree if all the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree have been met. In this case, the graduate courses taken in the senior year will be counted as 4-credit courses applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements.

    Honors

    To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

    1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.4 or higher
    2. Graduate with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
    3. Complete CJN-H506 or CJN-H555 with a grade of B+ or higher
    4. Present their work in front of CJN faculty and students during finals week
    5. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

    To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must:

    1. Have a major GPA of 3.4 or higher
    2. Have an overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher
    3. Have completed a minimum of 20 credits of CJN coursework

    CAS Honors Program students only: CAS Honors Program students who fulfill the GPA requirement and minimum credits of CJN coursework are assumed to be candidates for departmental honors and should consult with a major advisor during junior year about registering for major honors requirements as described above

    All other students: Declare intent to their advisor at an advising appointment

    Prerequisites:

    Senior CJN majors with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0, and a major GPA of 3.4; or instructor consent.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Senior CJN majors meeting requirements for Departmental Honors are invited to participate in this seminar, which entails research and presentation of an approved topic.

    Prerequisites:

    CAS Honors students, overall GPA 3.5 or higher, CJN GPA 3.6 or higher, and instructor consent.

    Credits:

    1.00- 8.00

    Description:

    An independent study experience for CJN majors seeking to either complete their CAS Honors program and/or to be considered for CJN departmental honors. The independent study experience is available for a topic not offered in one of the existing courses. The work can be theoretical (i.e. research paper) or practical (i.e. producing a video) or a combination of the two. Registration must be approved by the full-time CJN faculty member who agreed to supervise the study, and the student must fulfill the other prerequisite requirements. May be taken in fall and/or spring of senior year, for 4-8 credits.

    Journalism Courses

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    As an introduction to the communication discipline, this course examines the significance of communication to the symbolic construction of meaning. Students receive an overview of multiple forms of communication, including face-to-face, verbal/non-verbal, small group, intercultural, organizational, and mediated communication. The class devotes attention to the influence of culture on communication and to ethical complexities relating to communication.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Oral communication skills have been rated as vital to today's professional world. Students will learn these skills focusing on the three principal types of oral communication (interpersonal, team and public address). Sample assignments include creating a webinar, interviewing and team presentation. Specific attention will be given to communicating in diverse contexts, in an online environment, and for a diverse audience.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Oral communication skills have been rated as vital to today's professional world. Students will learn these skills focusing on the three principal types of oral communication (interpersonal, team and public address). Sample assignments include creating a webinar, interviewing and team presentation. Specific attention will be given to communicating in diverse contexts, in an online environment, and for a diverse audience.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    An introductory news writing course designed to teach both the writing style used by journalists and basic techniques used for gathering and presenting information for general publication. The course emphasizes fundamental writing and reporting skills such as interviews, finding sources, and choosing essential facts. Students also introduced to feature news writing and are assigned to develop and write basic stories drawn from real-life situations.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    An examination of important contributions to the literature of journalism through an analysis of major writers and news coverage of significant events from a journalistic perspective.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    This course provides an introduction to a humanities approach to a range of media, including but not limited to film and television. The course helps students develop visual literacies, enriching their understanding of multiple forms of media. The class also explores how media texts are constructed for specific cultural, entertainment, informative and propaganda purposes.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    An introduction to the processes of professional communication, with emphasis on oral presentations, report writing, effective listening, and interpersonal communication in the business environment.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    The course develops an understanding of how statistics are used in the presentation of information and arguments in Communication and Journalism. Emphasizing a conceptual approach to learning statistics, the course focuses on data collection and summarization, correlation, regression, sampling, estimation, and tests of significance. Students perform basic statistical calculations using SPSS software.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN 112

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Modern reporting techniques are examined and applied to writing full-length news and feature news stories," with an emphasis on investigative journalism. The course includes an introduction to and an analysis of alternative or ""new journalism\"

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Analysis of communication behavior in individual and group environments. Topics include conflict, leadership, common communication difficulties, communication roles, and reflective thinking.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of communication variations and cultural viewpoints and their impact on cross-cultural communication. A special emphasis is placed on rituals and message patterns in non-Western cultures.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examines the portrayal of homosexuality in political, social, and cultural discourse. Analyzes the role of media and symbolic construction in the shaping of public values, opinions, and social movements.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    An introduction to the role of photography in the journalistic process. A discussion of photography as communication and a survey of the history of photography.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the persuasive strategies of social reform movements with special emphasis on the civil rights', women's rights, and gay rights movements in the United States.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Analysis and critique of movies, theater, music, art, and food.

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    This course explores different definitions, perspectives, and strategies of leadership, with the goals of developing a better understanding of the concept as well as the students' own styles of leadership. The course examines the components of leadership including power, credibility, motivation, styles, situations, and followership.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An introductory course in film studies with a focus on foreign films. Movies studied include masterpieces of cinema from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and other nations (Films have subtitles).

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Modern applications of argument in political, social, and legal situations. Emphasis on development of arguments, analysis, use of evidence, and delivery of oral and written assignments.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the legal rights, responsibilities, and constraints on the media and on media professionals. Focus on defamation, copyright, obscenity, broadcast regulation, and media-related tort law.

    Credits:

    1.00- 8.00

    Description:

    Intensive research on topics in debate and active participation in the University forensics program. ECR

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Computer applications for advertising and communication design. Using various graphical editing and design programs, students learn the theory and practice of design for layout, logos, and graphic elements in communication.

    Prerequisites:

    Take CJN-112;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces students to newswriting, production, and performance techniques for radio and television. Students write, produce, and perform new packages as part of the course.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An introduction to the role of media in contemporary society, focusing on media's influence on cultural, political, and ideological processes. An examination of the historical contexts within which newspapers, radio, television, and new media technologies develop, and how audiences interact with and influence the use of media.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    A survey course that introduces students to advertising concepts and practices from the perspective of agencies, clients, the media, and consumers. Students learn to think critically about advertising messages and learn practical techniques for developing effective advertising in various media.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    The application of public relations strategies and techniques to college and professional sports.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    The application of Public Relations strategies and techniques in college and professional sports.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Analysis of the concepts and theories of communication in small groups and teams. Improvement of problem-solving, decision-making, analysis, and evaluation skills in the team environment. The study and practice of merging trends in team dialogue, team learning, team development, and leadership.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course helps students learn to communicate with and speak to culturally diverse audiences. Audience analysis, organizational patterns, speech creation, research skills, and delivery skills are all critical to understanding when interacting with diverse audiences. Students are provided with opportunities for oral presentations and interactions in different contexts.

    Prerequisites:

    This course is now being offered as CJN-2277

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    The basic principle techniques and processes of public relations are examined. Issues, trends, opportunities, and problems faced by the practitioner and impacting the organization are analyzed.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students critically analyze Asian popular culture since the 1980s using a cultural ethnographic approach. Students apply the lenses of gender, identity, globalization, and business strategies to examine pop phenomena such as Korean Wave, Cool Japan, and Cantonese popular music.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examines the influence of media on contemporary society. Television, radio, film, and print formats are discussed in terms of their persuasive impact on mass culture in the U.S.. Focus is on the period 1950-1970.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An introductory film studies course that covers the history of the film medium from its birth until the 1970s. It provides an introduction to major film theory concepts, such as genre and/or auteur studies, as well as key films and stars in movie history.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    By examining the film texts of Hong Kong auteurs such as John Woo, Wong Kar-wai, Tsui Hark, Andrew Lau, and Alan Mak, the course examines issues such as film genres, colonization/decolonization, transnational political economy, the Greater Chinese media market, and the diaspora.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Explores current trends in advertising and public relations. Examines new media choices in cable, direct response and the Internet and their impact on these professions. Includes an analysis of new markets in Generation X, Generation Y, and in the international and ethnic communities.

    Prerequisites:

    By Instructor Permission Only. UES 107/L107, UES L108. CJN L2080(concurrently). Must have a vaild FAA license.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    This course studies and practices the usage of unmanned aerial systems from the perspective of the filmmaker. Students will study existing drone footage and how it is incorporated into professional video productions, both non-fiction and fiction. They will also learn to create appropriate pre-production paperwork standard in the industry and learn to produce footage for various contexts," such as 'house hunting programs' and a ""battle scene"" in an action adventure film. "

    Prerequisites:

    Must be taken concurrently with CJN-2080. Students must have vaild FAA license to take this course.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course studies and practices the usage of unmanned aerial systems from the perspective of the filmmaker. Students will study existing drone footage and how it is incorporated into professional video productions, both non-fiction and fiction. They will also learn to create appropriate pre-production paperwork standard in the industry and learn to produce footage for various contexts, such as 'house hunting programs' and a battle scene"" in an action adventure film. "

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Effective public relations involve an understanding of the history, theory, and practice of public relations including public relations concepts, the role of the practitioner, and the foundations of public relations. This course seeks to provide that foundation as an introduction to the field of public relations. Issues surrounding the history, legality, process, and principles of public relations are explored.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-152

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Practical exposure to methods of production and production equipment of the media. Students are introduced to basic theoretical concepts, such as three-point lighting and white balancing, and apply those to their productions. Students create a variety of non-fiction videos in teams and/or by themselves.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The course focus is on some of the divisions and conflicts within Israeli society. Students analyze and compare mainstream media discourse to alternative representations in documentary film. Analysis also covers media representation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Prerequisites:

    CAS Honors Students only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The course focus is on some of the divisions and conflicts within Israeli society. Students analyze and compare mainstream media discourse to alternative representations in documentary film. Analysis also covers media representation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-216;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Conflict is universal. Effective leadership is essential at any and all levels to ensure that the potential for social change and positive resolution inherent in conflict is realized. This course explores the phenomenon of conflict at various levels including interpersonal, organizational, and cultural contexts.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN 112 or CJN 113

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of the fundamentals of copy editing, newspaper typography, and makeup.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-L218

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of the field of photojournalism. Emphasis is on the development of photo essays and the visual impact of photography on print media.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students learn the research traditions in communication grounded in the humanities and social sciences. They are exposed to an array of qualitative methods, with in-depth study of select methodologies. Students learn how to read scholarly articles, write in an academic style, and design a research project.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Analysis of persuasive techniques particularly those used by communicators in their attempt to gain public acceptance.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examines the important functions performed by human and mediated communication for health care consumers and providers. The course focus is on the use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions regarding health.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN 257

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    The planning and purchasing of advertising space and time. Examines media costs, budgets, and media strategy for different audiences and markets.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on understanding visual communication in a global context, such as photojournalism and photo essays. The student will be able to review and reflect on visual communication and their roles in everyday life. As part of the course students will create their own visual work focused on historical and/or contemporary and global perspectives.

    Prerequisites:

    Take CJN-2355 (formerly CJN-355) and CJN-253

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Advanced work in newswriting, production, and performance techniques for television. Students report, write, and produce news packages, with emphasis on increasing the depth, breadth, and frequency of reporting. Work also includes gathering, organizing, and evaluating the newsworthiness of information, evaluating the credibility of sources, writing the story, and producing broadcast quality work. Cannot be taken concurrently with CJN 483.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students study cinematography techniques and theory, putting them into practical application in various projects using video cameras, lighting, and composition to create images and scenes. Students produce work in multiple environments including stage and on-location shoots.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides students with a hands-on introduction to the process of planning, preparing, producing, and evaluating studio productions. Students are exposed to the elements and terminology of a multi-camera studio with live switching, audio mixing, and studio lighting. Students produce interviews, public service announcements, and a live variety/talk show.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration into the activities that wrap up the creation of films and television programs. Students create and add motion-graphics and visual effects to edited programs, generating output for videotape, the web, and DVD platforms.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Looks at different family structures using communication concepts and theories as a focus to glance at family life. Communication issues include the creation of meaning and identity through storytelling, rules and roles, conflict, power, intimacy, and challenges to the family unit. Examines both fictional and real families portrayed in television, movies, documentaries, as well as in fiction and non-fiction writing. Final projects include a paper and presentation about a family communication concept as applied to a family unit.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN 257

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Continuation of basic advertising, with an emphasis on practical advertising and advertising campaigns.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2355 (formerly CJN-355) and CJN-253

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students produce news segments, series, and/or specials leading to broadcast quality products. Emphasis is on the pacing, timing, and flow of newscasts, as well as pre-production, tease(script and on-camera) and the issues of an audience and professional ethics. Cannot be taken concurrently with CJN 483

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-253

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The development and implementation of news stories for web media. Emphasis is on the narrative form in the integration of writing, video, sound, and photography in producing news content for the web.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Historical development of the theory of organizations, examination of information flow, network analysis, communication overload and underload, corporate culture, superior-subordinate communications, organizational effectiveness, and change processes.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2277(formerly CJN-277)

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examines how events are built, promoted, managed, and assessed, with an emphasis on conventions, trade shows, and nonprofit events. Issues analyzed include facilities planning and contracts, legal issues, volunteer management, budgeting, marketing, and planner/staff communication.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students will hone interdisciplinary thinking to learn about Big Data analytics and the media industry. They will explore how media organizations use big data analytics to make decisions, practice basic methods and techniques of big data analytics and apply them to case simulation, as well as understand the structure of the media industry. Topics include audience measurement and aggregates, social media analytics and campaigns, audience taste prediction.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-257;

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    All forms of online advertising are explored, including paid search, with a focus on building a brand online.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A critique of the circulation of media goods and ideologies from both a cultural and political/economic perspective. Topics include global Hollywood, the images of Muslim women in transnational media, the information society, and global social movements.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-152

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examination of media including film, television, radio, music, newspapers, and magazines. Theories of media criticism are discussed and applied to specific media or media products. Students are introduced to criticisms such as genre, formalist, narrative, cultural, critical cultural, and feminist.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are examined from a cultural and critical perspective. The use of social media for community formation, social presence, identity building, and social activism are considered. The roles of advertising, public relations, and branding are examined.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students learn the basic principles of writing a short film for the screen by examining professional scripts and one-act films, and then creating, step-by-step, their own one-act screenplay so that it could be ready for production.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2277 (Formerly CJN-277)

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examines how research aids the public relations practice. Students learn research methods that address public relations planning and problem-solving. Assignments provide students with hands-on practice using research for a PR project.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2277(formerly CJN-277);

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Focuses on writing principles for public relations including the formulation of clear PR objectives, determining the knowledge of the target audience, and the development of key messages. Students apply these principles to common PR formats, including news releases, pitch letters, biographies, speeches, emails, digital content, and social media posts.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2355(formerly CJN-355)

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Building on skills acquired in CJN 2355, students use advanced equipment and production techniques to produce complex video projects, including fiction filmmaking. Projects cover various styles and genres, such as music video and film noir.

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: CJN-255

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the social influence of the media on U.S. society. Attention is given to the theoretical perspectives that inform media research. By the end of the semester, students will develop a critical understanding of the role and influence of the media in U.S. society.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the influence of media convergence, digital technologies, and networked culture on the production, distribution, and consumption of media texts. Through theory, analysis and practice, students learn broad conceptual frameworks and develop models about the emergence and evolution of digital and mobile communication technologies that have shaped the contemporary media landscape. Case studies are drawn from media industries including journalism, advertising, public relations, film and television, music, video games, and the arts.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-112

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Each time this course is offered it examines a different issue in Journalism, such as social justice journalism, electronic journalism, ethics, political journalism, or international journalism.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN Majors Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Interdisciplinary examination of the development of communication theories from the classical tradition to the modern perspectives of rhetoricians, scientists, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, and others.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Analysis and critique of movies, theater, music, art, and food.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN 359, CJN 257

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Principles of advertising campaigns. Students design, plan, and produce a national advertising campaign for a client as members of a simulated agency team.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-277;

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    This course examines the important functions performed by human and mediated communication for health care consumers and providers. In particular, the course focuses on the use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions regarding health.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2277(formerly CJN-277)

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Provides students with insight into effective risk and crisis management within organizations, including health organizations. Focuses on the application of theories, strategies, and tactics from a public relations perspective. Students understand how communication can prevent, cause, accelerate, and assist in recovery from a crisis.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The history of Boston sports includes a rich media tradition that has been chronicled in various Boston sports media outlets. This course takes both an historic and contemporary approach to understanding and analyzing Boston sports media and their relationship to Boston college and professional sports.

    Prerequisites:

    Senior status or instructor permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Principles and techniques of advanced news, features, and investigative reporting are studied and applied, with a focus on enterprise reporting. Students develop, organize and write detailed news and news-feature stories based on original research.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-340

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Explores theory and research in the development of persuasive health campaigns in many contexts including social marketing. Examines aspects of health campaigns including formative research, audience segmentation, key message tailoring, and communication tools.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-258

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Focuses on the theory and practice of effective sports public relations management including the development of sport, team, and league public relations campaigns. Also focuses on sports public relations in the context of stakeholder relations in sports.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-3455

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Functions as a capstone media/film course and merges theoretical and practical knowledge from previous classes. Students revisit concepts and apply them to advanced courses and/or create their own advanced work.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Rhetoric is the strategic use of symbols to create meaning. Films, television, music, and new media communicate these meanings. This course explores how rhetorical messages in popular culture shape our personal and cultural identities. Current communication trends in areas such as gender, social networking, food, politics, religion, and fashion are explored.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examines public issues involving the environment. Focuses on public relations strategies for government agencies, corporations, and other organizations concerned with the environment.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2355 or instructor consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This advanced class works together as a crew to create of a short narrative film shot in HD video. Students learn the process of making professional-quality work, and each student is responsible for various crew positions during pre-production and the shooting of the film.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-216

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In a world of globalization and multiculturalism, communication is critical to understanding. This course explores theoretical approaches to intercultural communication and apply them to specific contexts. Emerging trends in global, ethical, legal, political communication, and social justice issues are studied.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-253 and CJN-2355(formerly CJN-355) and CJN-353 or CJN-361 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students write, direct, crew, edit, and serve as talent in producing the CJN Department's weekly news program aired on Boston Cable Access. Cannot be taken concurrently with CJN 361 or CJN 353.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Hands-on course that explores the process of writing and submitting grants to foundations, associations, the government, and other grantors on behalf of nonprofit organizations. Students learn how to identify grant resources through research, compile an effective submission, and write supporting material such as cover letters and appendices. Also covers how grants are reviewed and tips for successful grant submissions.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examination of special circumstances created by politics and their impact on attempts at persuasion. Case studies of famous politicians' political campaigns are combined with discussions of current trends in media and politics.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-253 and CJN-2355(formerly CJN-355)

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students write, direct, crew, edit, and serve as talent in producing the CJN Department's magazine- format television program aired on the department's YouTube channel.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores current issues in the field of communication.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores current issues in public relations.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Current issues in the field of advertising. Normally offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-3455(formerly CJN-455)

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Builds on the theories and techniques developed in CJN 3455, focusing on the advanced concepts and skills needed to design and produce professional-level media content for digital distribution. Provides the opportunity to produce high-quality material for student media portfolios in various genres.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2277(formerly CJN-277) and CJN-3377(formerly CJN-377) and Senior Standing.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examines typical public relations problems experienced by profit and not-for-profit organizations. Provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the skills, techniques, and knowledge of public relations by creating a comprehensive campaign plan for a community client.

    Prerequisites:

    16 Hrs of CJN coursework or CJN advisor consent

    Credits:

    1.00-12.00

    Description:

    Internships and practicum in Communication and Journalism are available prior to the start of each semester.

    Prerequisites:

    12 hours of CJN coursework and CJN advisor consent

    Credits:

    1.00-12.00

    Description:

    Practicum and internship projects are available prior to the start of each semester. Prerequisites: Any CJN major with a minimum of 12 credits of coursework or permission of the Department Chairperson. 1-3 terms : 1-12 credits.

    Prerequisites:

    Senior CJN majors with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0, and a major GPA of 3.4; or instructor consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Senior CJN majors meeting requirements for Departmental Honors are invited to participate in this seminar, which entails research and presentation of an approved topic.

    Prerequisites:

    Senior CJN majors with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0, and a major GPA of 3.4; or instructor consent.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Senior CJN majors meeting requirements for Departmental Honors are invited to participate in this seminar, which entails research and presentation of an approved topic.

    Prerequisites:

    Any Media/Film or Broadcast major with a minimum of 12 credits of coursework or permission of the Department Chairperson.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Practicum and internship projects are available prior to the start of each semester.

    Prerequisites:

    An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

    Credits:

    1.00-12.00

    Description:

    An independent study experience in Communication and Journalism is available prior to the start of each semester.

    Prerequisites:

    CAS Honors students, overall GPA 3.5 or higher, CJN GPA 3.6 or higher, and instructor consent.

    Credits:

    1.00- 8.00

    Description:

    An independent study experience for CJN majors seeking to either complete their CAS Honors program and/or to be considered for CJN departmental honors. The independent study experience is available for a topic not offered in one of the existing courses. The work can be theoretical (i.e. research paper) or practical (i.e. producing a video) or a combination of the two. Registration must be approved by the full-time CJN faculty member who agreed to supervise the study, and the student must fulfill the other prerequisite requirements. May be taken in fall and/or spring of senior year, for 4-8 credits.

    Prerequisites:

    CJN-2277(formerly CJN-277) and CJN-377(formerly CJN-377) and CJN-3376 and by invitation only.

    Credits:

    4

    Description:

    Examines typical public relations problems experienced by profit and not-for-profit organizations. Provides honors students with an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the skills, techniques, and knowledge of public relations by creating a comprehensive campaign plan for a community client.