Politics and Media Specialization

Politics and Media Specialization (Choose 3)

MSCH-F 445 Media, Culture, and Politics

(3 cr.)

Examines the role of media in the political process. Topic varies and may include censorship and free speech, social movements, politics of representation. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 445 or CMCL-C 445.

MSCH-J 410 The Media as Social Institutions

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: One of MSCH-J 300, MSCH-H 300, JOUR-J 300, or JOUR-H 300 with a grade of C- or higher; senior standing. Examination of the functions and impact of the mass media in society with primary focus on the United States. Discussion of the values of media organizations and the professional and ethical values of journalists. Critical analysis of the relationship of the media and society and the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 410 or JOUR-J 410.

MSCH-J 423 Public Opinion

(3 cr.)

P: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. Behavioral study of nature, operation, molding, and influence of public opinion, with practice in its measurement and evaluation. Discussion of major political, social, economic, and cultural problems. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 423 or JOUR-J 423.

MSCH-J 470 Broadcast Media Analysis

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. Seminar on problems of communicating news through aural and visual channels. Application of communications theory to broadcast news and public affairs presentations. Study of effects of format, verbal content, nonverbal content, and presenter on communication process. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 470 or JOUR-J 470.

MSCH-L 322 Telecommunications Policymaking

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: MSCH-C 207 or TEL-T 207 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of instructor. Overview of basic U.S. law and government. Specific analysis of who makes U.S. telecommunications policy, how it is done, and its effects. Course includes a case study of recent policymaking that varies each semester. Credit given for only one of MSCH-L 322 or TEL-T 321.

MSCH-S 312 Politics and the Media

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: MSCH-C 213 or TEL-T 205 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of instructor. Examines the relationship between media and modern politics. Topics will vary. Credit given for only one of MSCH-S 312 or TEL-T 312.

MSCH-S 414 Public Communication Campaigns

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: MSCH-C 213 or TEL-T 205 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of instructor. Theoretical backgrounds of media campaigns; analyses of persuasion strategies, campaign goals, communication media, audiences, and campaign effectiveness. Case studies of campaigns for social action; original analysis of specific campaigns. Credit given for only one of MSCH-S 414 or TEL-T 414.

MSCH-S 451 Topical Seminars in Media and Society (Approved topic: Comedic News)

(1-3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 213 or TEL-T 205 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of instructor. Exploration of social problems and issues. Topics vary. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-S 451 and TEL-T 451.

PSY-P 449 Social Psychology of Public Opinion

(3 cr.)

P: P320 or P304. Describes the methods of public opinion research, empowering students to become informed consumers of poll results. Covers basic social psychological processes that shape opinions, such as people’s self-interest, group memberships, personal experiences, and conformity. Homework involves analysis and interpretation of data from recent surveys on social and political attitudes.

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