Journalism and Media Studies (B.A.)
Students who major in Journalism and Media Studies face the challenge of keeping up with the latest trends, technologies and industry debates. Journalism is undergoing a comprehensive evolution and that means expanded opportunity for media-savvy students with excellent communication skills. Today, traditional print and broadcast media outlets incorporate many interactive media tools such as blogs, podcasts, photography and video using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Journalism and Media Studies program prepares students to think critically, write well and be adaptable communicators able to transition fluidly from one medium to the next.
With a B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies, a student who sees herself as a non-fiction storyteller with a passion to educate and engage an audience with words, sounds and visuals, has a career in her future as a digital journalist, media manager or communications specialist.
CAS Students can now major in JAMS! The Journalism and Media Studies degree program is offered in the School of Professional Studies (SPS). In conjunction with SPS, students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) may now also declare the Journalism and Media Studies major while meeting the CAS general education curriculum requirements and course pre-requisites.
Featured CoursesJAMS 200 Multicultural Media HistoryThis course explores the political, social and economic history of media in the United States. Students examine the history and development of the press, with particular emphasis on the Black press, and the ways in which min ority gr oups have been portrayed in mass media and how and why those portrayals have changed over time. Students will compare news coverage of mainstream and ethnic news media outlets with special emphasis on stories which concern or affect diverse populations. Students will acquire an understanding of the critical role of ethnic media in news coverage and analysis.
Prerequisites: None JAMS 302 Multi-media StorytellingThis course emphasizes reporting, writing and editing skillsthe foundations of storytelling across media platforms. Students explore the techniques used to research and report complex social, political and economic issues. They will be required to research, report and write stories under deadline and suitable for publication.
Prerequisites: JAMS 201 JAMS 322 Sport Reporting and WritingBy the end of the course, students will be able: to write and report about sports, sports-related issues, and sporting events; to describe and identify the issues and events which merit reporting to the public; to analyze and deconstruct the historical, societal, and economic forces that impact sports and our culture.
Prerequisites: None JAMS 410 Advanced Reporting and Writing in Hyper-Local NewsroomThis class will give students hands-on experience with traditional and digital journalism, including working in both written and multimedia formats, through the creation and management of a news-based website covering stories in Brookland and the DC area. Students will report; write and edit stories; create video, audio, and graphics; take photos; and learn about the various uses of social media within the journalism field. Students will collaborate on a news-based website that will synthesize learned skills, journalistic practices, and knowledge of information and technology. At the end of this course, students will be able to: analyze and prioritize information gathered for dissemination of news to readers and viewers; effectively use various storytelling tools available to journalists in the digital environment, including traditional short- and long-form reporting, video, photo, audio, graphics, and social media; incorporate social media - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others - to report, tell and market stories, and interact with the community; and demonstrate management, editing, and community-relations skills.
Prerequisites: JAMS 201 JAMS 415 Political Campaign CoverageUsing the Nations Capital as part of the classroom, students will examine the role of money, media, candidates, interest groups, leadership, gender, race, and political parties in terms of who wins and loses elections. Learning will take place through assigned readings, class discussion lectures, and guest lectures from campaign experts, journalists and political staffers.
Prerequisites: None JAMS 418 Gender, Race, and Class in the MediaThis course is to explore how gender, ethnicity, and race are represented in both news media and popular culture. A particular emphasis is on the representation in media images, texts, and sounds, and on the significance of studying race and gender. The course examines the content, treatment, and effects of women and minority group coverage in television, newspapers, magazines, popular music and film. Since their onset, US mass media industries have been enormously powerful conveyors of meaning, both nationally and internationally. Portrayals of ethnicity, race, class, gender and sexual orientation will be discussed. This course will challenge students to critically reflect on issues of poverty, economic inequality, oppression, and power dynamics in US society.
There is a diverse range of jobs related to journalism and media studies. Students need to be mindful that every career path is different. A very competitive field requires students to be self-motivated and industrious and to consider gaining practical experience through internships to gain additional work experience. Students with this degree can expect to find job as a:
Web Content Provider
Social Media Specialist
Public Relations Officer
Advertising Account Executive
Dr. Peggy Lewis, Executive Dean, School of Business and Graduate Studies and School of Professional Studies