We urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.*
COMM 226 - Social Impact of Mass Media: The effects of television and other media on thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. Topics include politics and the media, the influence of news, public service campaigns and advertising, and media influence on health.
JOURNAL 300 - Newswriting and Reporting: The basic requirements of newswriting and reporting, including interviewing, covering news events, and more.
JOURNAL 301 -Intro to Multimedia Reporting: Using digital images and audio podcasts in reporting. Learn how to find and work with online sources, and produce online news packages in areas like the environment, the economy, education and other topics.
POLISCI 391 MP - Media & Politics: From the power of the political pamphlet and partisan press in the 18th century to the hyper-connected digital age of Facebook and Twitter, this course explores the relationship between media and politics in American society. We'll ask: How do politics and governance change as the media landscape changes? How does media and news influence advocacy, politics and governance?
POLISCI 308 - Public Opinion in Politics: Examine how people’s opinions influence their behavior, and whether or not political leaders follow the "will of the public" or manipulate public opinion to achieve their own aims. Understand how surveys are conducted, including sampling and questionnaire design, and how to interpret their results. Become familiar with political science theories about how people form opinions and how those opinions change. Recognize when and how elites can manipulate public opinion.
STPEC 296D IS - Propaganda in Film, Print, Art & Music: Understand and appreciate the art and science of propaganda by examining the techniques of crafting propaganda as well as its application to small and large scale populations. Analyze theoretical approaches to propaganda as well as its practical implications.
Depending on your main area of interest, your ideal course load will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Critical thinking - you will learn to reflect upon and evaluate your own ideas and to analyze problems using evidence-based information.
- Analytical thinking and writing
- Persuasive writing and speaking
- Technical media skills
*Check SPIRE for full course descriptions and availability. These are abbreviated descriptions, and details may change at the discretion of the instructor.