Wayne State University
 

Journalism

The Master of Arts in Communication with a Concentration in Journalism program prepares students for careers in news organizations and related areas in mass media. The program includes courses in print and broadcast management skills, organizational communication, Internet-based reporting, and communication and cultural diversity issues. The degree requires a minimum 30 credits.

If you need to print out the requirements for this concentration, here is a pdf version (current as of 2018).

Three required courses (9 cr):

  • COM 7000: Introduction to M.A. Studies in Communication (3 cr) 
  • COM 5080: History and Law of American Journalism (3 cr)
  • COM 6280: Media and Diversity (3 cr)

Two additional content courses (6 cr):

  • COM 5060 Documentary and nonfiction film and television (4 cr)
  • COM 5250: News Media Management (3 cr)
  • COM 5310: Investigative Reporting (3 cr)
  • COM 5381: TV News Reporting and Digital Editing (3 cr)
  • COM 5410: Producer's Workshop (3 cr)
  • COM 5460: Magazine Writing (3 cr)
  • COM 5500: Journalism and New Media (3 cr)
  • COM 5610: Advanced Television Production (3 cr)
  • COM 5700: Political and Government Reporting (3 cr)
  • COM 7330: Advanced Layout and Design (3 cr)
  • COM 6190: Internship (1-3 cr, MAX 6 cr)

One theory course (3 cr):

  • COM 7410: Communication Theory (3 cr)
  • COM 7520: Theories of Media Effects (3 cr)
  • COM 7700: Mass Media and Political Communication (3 cr)

One research methods course (3 cr):

  • COM 6530: Audience Measurement and Survey Techniques (3 cr)
  • COM 7260: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (3 cr)
  • COM 7360: Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (3 cr)
  • COM 7365: Ethnographic Methods for Communication Research (3 cr)
  • COM 7580: Content Analysis (3 cr)

One of the following capstone plan options:

Plan A: Thesis

  • COM 8999: Master's Thesis Research and Direction (6 cr)

 Thesis credits are distributed across two or three semesters.

  • Any one course from the department as elective (3 cr)

 

Plan B: Essay

  • COM 7999: Master's Essay Direction (3 cr)

  • Any two courses from the department as electives (6 cr)

 

Plan C: Coursework Only

  • Any three courses from the department as electives (9 cr)