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Journalism Department undergraduate classes cover Ethics of Convergent Media, Digital Journalism, Photojournalism, Investigative Reporting, Broadcast, Sports Journalism, Media and Politics, Graphics and Design, Public Affairs Reporting and more.

JOUR 2103 (1). WRITING AND EDITING TUTORIAL AND LABORATORY.
Introduces basic journalistic writing for all media. Students review English grammar and punctuation, and become versed in Associated Press writing style. Combines an online tutorial with a required weekly lab. Required before enrollment in JOUR 2312.

JOUR 2302 (3). ETHICS OF CONVERGENT MEDIA.
Explores the ethical issues (e.g., free speech, privacy, and government regulation and censorship) that provide the foundation for all communication fields and have become more complex as media and industries have converged.

JOUR 2304 (3). BASIC VIDEO AND AUDIO PRODUCTION.
Offers practical training in the fundamentals of broadcast communication. Students learn the basic techniques, including field production and editing, and control room and studio editing. Includes 3 hours of lecture and one 1.5-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: JOUR 2103 or 2303.

JOUR 2310 (3). FASHION, MEDIA, AND CULTURE.
Explores how and why people tell others who they are by what they wear, and what roles fashion magazines, blogs, and other media play in that process. Examines fashion, media, and their relationship to culture, with an emphasis on the contemporary designers and fashion editors who have shaped the modern fashion landscape. Supports the fashion media major and minor.

JOUR 2312 (3). REPORTING I.
Rigorous foundation writing and reporting course needed to complete the major. Students gain fundamental skills (e.g., gathering, documenting, organizing, and writing news) that are essential to accurate, fair, clear, and concise journalism. Includes 3 hours of lecture and one 1.5-hour lab per week. Restricted to journalism majors and minors or fashion media majors and minors. Prerequisites: JOUR 2103 (or 2303) and 2302.

JOUR 2313 (3). REPORTING II.
Builds on the foundation of JOUR 2312. Students learn to analyze information quickly and accurately while applying critical thinking skills. Introduces the basics of broadcast writing. Includes 3 hours of lecture and one 1.5-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: JOUR 2312. Restricted to journalism majors and minors or fashion media majors and minors.

JOUR 3325 (3). TECHNOLOGY REPORTING.
Helps journalists of tomorrow understand complex technologies like the World Wide Web in a way that will allow them to foresee the impact of those technologies on U.S. society, culture, and way of life. Prerequisite: JOUR 2312.

JOUR 3326 (3). MEDIA AND THE ART OF FASHION DESIGN.
An in-depth look at how the elements of art and the principles of design apply to the medium of fashion. Examines the work of fashion designers, from inspiration through creative process to final product, with an emphasis on analysis and critique and the use of personal inspiration and creative process techniques to style and narrate looks. Prerequisite: JOUR 2310, MSA 3325, or THEA 2319.

JOUR 3327 (3). MEDIA AND THE BUSINESS OF FASHION.
Introduces journalism students to the trillion-dollar global fashion industry. Students learn to find and tell stories about the businesses behind the fashions, from designers to manufacturers, marketers, and retailers, and about how these enterprises affect their investors, customers, workers, and communities. Prerequisites: JOUR 2103 (or 2301) and 2312, or permission of instructor.

JOUR 3345 (3). MASS MEDIA IN GREAT BRITAIN: POLITICS, PIN-UPS, AND PROPAGANDA.
Explores the interaction between power, politics, and mass media in Great Britain; the history of the media in Great Britain; the health (or lack thereof) of mass media today and its impact on politics and popular culture; and how journalists report the news abroad and in the United States. Daily assignments include examination of newspapers and broadcast and Internet news available in the U.K. Students write papers based on visits to sites such as the British Library and the Imperial War Museum. British journalists, scholars, and foreign correspondents present guest lectures. Final class projects that include papers and class presentations involve group studies in specialized areas of British media. (SMU-in-London)

JOUR 3357 (3). PHOTOJOURNALISM.
Training in the techniques and execution of digital photojournalism, including computer processing of images. Students learn to produce digital photojournalism, and they have the opportunity to generate photographic images for the division's convergence website.

JOUR 3358 (3). NEW MEDIA NEWS.
Focuses on using new media presentation methods and design skills to produce new forms of communication for news outlets. Prerequisite: JOUR 2380 or 3330.

JOUR 3360 (3). COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING.
Emphasizes a hands-on approach through the gathering and organizing of computerized data. Students learn techniques for locating, retrieving, and verifying information from electronic sources such as libraries, research institutions, government documents, databases, court cases, and experts. Prerequisite: JOUR 2313, 3362, 3370, or 3382. Restricted to majors and minors.

JOUR 3362 (3). MAGAZINE WRITING.
Introduces the diverse world of magazines. Students study exceptional magazine feature writing (profiles, narratives, analytical pieces, etc.) and practice feature magazine reporting and writing to prepare for professional work in the industry. Prerequisites: JOUR 2103 (or 2303), 2302, 2312. Restricted to journalism majors, journalism minors, and fashion media majors.

JOUR 3365 (3). INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING.
Intensive introduction to the art of generating original news ideas about issues of public significance; developing critical news judgment; unearthing often difficult-to-access information; and organizing the information into focused, well-documented, and compelling stories. Prerequisite: JOUR 2313, 3362, 3370, or 3382. Restricted to journalism majors and minors.

JOUR 3370 (3). FASHION JOURNALISM.
Intensive training on reporting and writing for journalism outlets, with a focus on fashion. Students produce spot news and short fashion features for student media. Includes field trips to meet with Dallas fashion writers and other fashion media professionals. Prerequisite: JOUR 2103, or 2303 and 2312, or COMM 2308.

JOUR 3382 (3). FEATURE WRITING.
Emphasizes the conceptual and technical skills needed to develop one's own voice, to bring a literary quality to one's journalism, and to produce professional-level descriptive pieces and features for various media. Prerequisites: JOUR 2103 (or 2303), 2302, 2312. Restricted to journalism majors, journalism minors, and fashion media majors.

JOUR 3385 (3). BROADCAST I.
Builds on skills learned in JOUR 2304, with more emphasis on deadline-driven, original, campus-based reporting and broadcast producing. Students learn how to assign coverage, to enterprise original story ideas, and to write cogent broadcast stories and turn them in on deadline using video, set debriefs, and Web components. Convergence laboratory required. Prerequisites: JOUR 2304, 2312.

JOUR 3390 (3). LITERARY JOURNALISM.
Students explore and analyze nonfiction through roundtable discussion, book reviews, and creative writing. Requires heavy reading, with an emphasis on books and essays of the last 100 years. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 3396 (3). HISTORY OF JOURNALISM.
The story of how American journalism became what it is today. Emphasizes the people and events that transformed the media, from the Colonial printer to 21st-century media conglomerates. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4101 (1). JOURNALISM PRACTICA.
Students work in on-campus media positions. A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned and counted toward degree requirements. Offered on a pass/fail basis only. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of adviser. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4102 (1). JOURNALISM PRACTICA.
Students work in on-campus media positions. A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned and counted toward degree requirements. Offered on a pass/fail basis only. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of adviser. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4125 (1). INTERNSHIPS IN JOURNALISM.
Internship credit for off-campus work in the field during the regular term or in the summer. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships. These hours will not count toward the 9 hours of required elective credit in the division. Offered on a pass/fail basis only. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of adviser. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4127 (1). INTERNSHIP IN FASHION MEDIA.
Off-campus interdisciplinary internship in any area of the fashion media field during the regular term or summer. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of adviser. Restricted to fashion media majors and minors.

JOUR 4225 (2). INTERNSHIPS IN JOURNALISM.
Internship credit for off-campus work in the field during the regular term or in the summer. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships. These hours will not count toward the 9 hours of required elective credit in the division. Offered on a pass/fail basis only. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of adviser. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4227 (2). INTERNSHIP IN FASHION MEDIA.
Off-campus interdisciplinary internship in any area of the fashion media field during the regular term or summer. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of adviser. Restricted to fashion media majors and minors.

JOUR 4300 (3). BROADCAST NEWS SEMINAR.
A small group of selected students conduct an in-depth study of current events, examining and analyzing issues and producing sophisticated television programming. Prerequisite: JOUR 3385.

JOUR 4302 (3). WASHINGTON TERM DIRECTED STUDIES.
Students study and practice journalism in the nation's capital. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4303 (3). WASHINGTON TERM DIRECTED STUDIES.
Students study and practice journalism in the nation's capital. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4304 (3). WASHINGTON TERM DIRECTED STUDIES.
Students study and practice journalism in the nation's capital. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4305 (3). WASHINGTON TERM DIRECTED STUDIES.
Students study and practice journalism in the nation's capital. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4306 (3). BUSINESS AND JOURNALISM.
An intensive introduction to business, financial markets, and economics, combined with practice in reporting and writing about these complex topics. Gives aspiring business journalists the tools to make business information understandable and accessible to news audiences. Prerequisite: JOUR 2312.

JOUR 4307 (3). BUSINESS NEWS SEMINAR.
Builds upon the skills and insights gained in JOUR 4306. Combines close reading and analysis of business coverage with detailed exploration of how to gather and understand financial and economic information. Also, intensive practice in reporting and writing business stories. Prerequisite: JOUR 4306.

JOUR 4310 (3). EDITORIAL/OPINION WRITING.
Examines the role of opinion writing in American journalism and teaches techniques that help students develop clear and effective editorials and columns on a range of topics. Emphasizes critical thinking and writing skills. Prerequisite: JOUR 2313, 3362, 3370, or 3382. Restricted to journalism majors, journalism minors, and fashion media majors.

JOUR 4316 (3). COMMUNICATION LAW.
An exploration of the historical and philosophical bases for freedom of expression. Practical applications of the law (e.g., libel, censorship, access, privacy, obscenity, copyright, and government regulations) that affect broadcasting, advertising, and the press. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4325 (3). INTERNSHIPS IN JOURNALISM.
Internship credit for off-campus work in the field during the regular term or in the summer. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships and practica. These hours will not count toward the 9 hours of required elective credit in the division. Offered on a pass/fail basis only. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of adviser. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4326 (3). WASHINGTON TERM INTERNSHIP.
Internship opportunities in the nation's capital. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 4327 (3). INTERNSHIP IN FASHION MEDIA.
Off-campus interdisciplinary internship in any area of the fashion media field during the regular term or summer. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of adviser. Restricted to fashion media majors and minors.

JOUR 4331 (3). CURRENT ISSUES IN THE NEWS.
Encourages students to think critically about important issues in journalism today, acquaints them with the classic writings and ideas that have shaped modern journalism, and identifies the key concepts that have formed recent journalism criticism. The goal is to teach communications majors to become more creative problem-solvers as professionals, and more critical as media consumers. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4344 (3). SPORTS JOURNALISM.
Emphasizes the particular narrative style and newsgathering techniques of sports stories and coverage. Students learn how to interview sports personalities and compose stories relating to the competitive events and social issues surrounding the world of sports. Prerequisite: JOUR 2313, 3362, 3370, or 3382. Restricted to journalism majors and minors.

JOUR 4345 (3). MEDIA AND POLITICS.
Increases students' understanding of political and elections processes so they can evaluate and practice political journalism. Covers campaigns, governance, analysis of media coverage, and practical application. Prerequisite: JOUR 2312.

JOUR 4350 (3). HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE JOURNALIST.
Students analyze current human rights issues and the ways U.S. and international media cover these issues. Topics include the role of images in conveying the harsh truth of any human rights story, and the ways new media formats, shrinking budgets, etc. are changing the way journalists who cover these stories do their job. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4360 (3). WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN THE MEDIA.
Examines the impact and representation of women and minorities in the mass media from historical and critical perspectives. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4370 (3). LAW AND ETHICS IN A HIGH-TECH WORLD.
Investigates the real and possible boundaries in cyberspace among open and closed systems of code, commerce, governance, and education, while examining the relationship of law and ethics to each. Engages a wide spectrum of Internet issues, including privacy, intellectual property, antitrust concerns, content control, and electronic commerce. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4380 (3). OBJECTIVITY AND BIAS.
Identifies the various forces that critics say bias the news media and looks for evidence of these biases in media products. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4384 (3). BROADCAST II.
Furthers the foundation established in JOUR 3385. The curriculum emphasizes deadline-driven, off-campus beat reporting and broadcast producing. Students learn how to plan original story ideas, including investigative and long-form pieces. Convergence laboratory required. JOUR 4300 is highly recommended before taking this course. Prerequisites: JOUR 2313 (or 3362, 3370, or 3382) and 3385. Restricted to journalism majors and minors.

JOUR 4385 (3). GRAPHICS AND DESIGN.
Introduction to the principles and processes associated with visual design. Students examine the roles of visual design as both a tool and a medium of communication and cultural production. Assignments include creating, altering, editing, and processing images; conceptualizing, formatting, analyzing, and refining typography; and preparing materials for production and publication, utilizing one or more media. Includes 3 hours of lecture and one 1.5-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: JOUR 2312.

JOUR 4387 (3). ARTS BEAT.
Students gain experience in a convergence class in reporting on arts and entertainment and writing reviews, etc. Includes sessions with local critics and experts in various areas of arts and literature. Prerequisite: JOUR 2313, 3362, 3370, or 3382. Restricted to journalism majors, journalism minors, and fashion media majors.

JOUR 4388 (3). PRINT DESIGN AND EDITORIAL DECISION-MAKING.
The fundamentals of newspaper layout and design, including an emphasis on news selection, decision-making, and publication trends. Includes 3 hours of lecture and one 1.5-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: JOUR 2312.

JOUR 4390 (3). ADVANCED WEB MASTERY.
Builds on the online journalism skill sets of students and trains them to create dynamic, online news packages that leverage the flexibility of the Internet in order to increase the public's understanding of news stories. Students learn how to create their own websites, how to use technology to assist in newsgathering, and how to unleash their creativity in online presentations. Prerequisite: JOUR 2380 or 3330.

JOUR 4392 (3). JOURNALISM AND RELIGION.
Introduces the basics of the world's major religions and describes how journalists should cover faith-based organizations and interview religious leaders. Prerequisite: JOUR 2313, 3362, 3370, or 3382. Restricted to journalism majors, journalism minors, and fashion media majors.

JOUR 4393 (3). CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE MEDIA.
Prior to the 1950s, the mainstream press was one of the major obstacles to African-American progress. But during the civil rights movement, the media became a primary force in helping African Americans achieve equal rights. The course explores how and why this revolutionary change took place. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4394 (3). MEDIA EFFECTS.
A critical study of how mediated messages influence behavior, attitudes, and feelings within a society. Surveys historical research efforts to examine effects on individuals, groups, and institutions. Also, explores contemporary social critiques in the American mass media. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4395 (3). PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING.
Emphasizes the skills required for reporting news emanating from governmental bodies or politics. Prerequisite: JOUR 2313, 3362, 3370, or 3382. Restricted to journalism majors, journalism minors, and fashion media majors.

JOUR 4396 (3). INTERNATIONAL REPORTING.
Prepares students to work as foreign correspondents by helping them understand international production processes. Students profile current American correspondents who work in foreign countries, comparing their work to those of their contemporaries. Includes newsgathering assignments that encourage students to publish on matters of international interest. Prerequisite: JOUR 2313, 3362, 3370, or 3382. Restricted to journalism majors, journalism minors, and fashion media majors.

JOUR 4397 (3). JOURNALISM IN LATIN AMERICA.
Provides students with an understanding of the practice of journalism in Latin America. Students profile specific regions, examining the historical, political, economic, cultural, ethnic, and even geographical differences, to better understand the issues that affect the struggle for freedom of the press. Prerequisite:Sophomore standing.

JOUR 4398 (3). DIGITAL JOURNALISM.
Students explore the use of new communication technologies for multimedia storytelling; work with social media as a tool for newsgathering, community building, and the fostering of audience engagement; learn about Web metrics and search engine optimization techniques; and update and perfect their personal portfolio websites and social media presence. Prerequisites: JOUR 2103 (or 2303), 2302, 2304, 2312; junior or senior standing. Restricted to journalism majors and minors and fashion media majors and minors.

JOUR 5110 (1). DIRECTED STUDY.
Independent study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member. In close collaboration with the instructor, the student conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience in course offerings. Written permission from the instructor is required, and a completed directed studies form must be filed with the Division of Journalism before the start of the term during which the study is to be undertaken. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 5210 (2). DIRECTED STUDY.
Independent study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member. In close collaboration with the instructor, the student conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience in course offerings. Written permission from the instructor is required, and a completed directed studies form must be filed with the Division of Journalism before the start of the term during which the study is to be undertaken. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 5301 (3). TOPICS IN JOURNALISM.
Provides a study and discussion setting for an issue or topic of current interest in the journalism profession. Offered on an irregular basis, depending on the significance and timeliness of the topics to be studied.

JOUR 5302 (3). TOPICS IN JOURNALISM.
Provides a study and discussion setting for an issue or topic of current interest in the journalism profession. Offered on an irregular basis, depending on the significance and timeliness of the topics to be studied.

JOUR 5303 (3). TOPICS IN JOURNALISM.
Provides a study and discussion setting for an issue or topic of current interest in the journalism profession. Offered on an irregular basis, depending on the significance and timeliness of the topics to be studied.

JOUR 5304 (3). TOPICS IN JOURNALISM.
Provides a study and discussion setting for an issue or topic of current interest in the journalism profession. Offered on an irregular basis, depending on the significance and timeliness of the topics to be studied.

JOUR 5305 (3). TOPICS IN CRITICAL STUDIES.
Provides a study and discussion setting for a critical media studies issue. Offered on an irregular basis, depending on the significance and timeliness of the topics to be studied.

JOUR 5306 (3). TOPICS IN JOURNALISM PRACTICE.
Provides an introduction to new, cutting-edge areas of journalism practice. Offered on an irregular basis, depending on the significance and timeliness of the topics to be studied.

JOUR 5308 (3). HONORS THESIS.
Students research and write a thesis examining an aspect of or an issue in the field of journalism. Required for all students wanting to graduate with an honors degree in journalism. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Restricted to majors and minors only.

JOUR 5310 (3). DIRECTED STUDY.
Independent study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member. In close collaboration with the instructor, the student conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience in course offerings. Written permission from the instructor is required, and a completed directed studies form must be filed with the Division of Journalism before the start of the term during which the study is to be undertaken. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Restricted to majors and minors only.

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