Communication and Media Studies Department

BA in Media Studies-Concentration in Journalism

Set in a liberal arts context, the media studies bachelor of arts degree program allows students to study modern media through the application of various theoretical frameworks and skills. Students with an interest in media studies will find the greater Portland area an excellent location for media-related activities and service learning projects. By emphasizing theory and practice, the media studies major challenges the student to analyze and practice the creation, dissemination, utilization, and evaluation of mediated messages. The Journalism Concentration provides a guideline for students interested in the field. 

This concentration outlines a course of study for a student interested in Journalism.

Major Requirements (36 credit hours) 

A grade of "C" or higher is required for all courses for the major.
1. Common Core (9 credit hours)

CMS 102 Introduction to Communication
CMS 103 Introduction to Media Studies
CMS 200 Research Methods in Communication

II. Media Writing, Theory, and Production areas (21 credit hours)

Media Writing (9 hours)

CMS 215 Journalism Reporting & Writing 
And complete any two of the following courses:
CMS 202 Writing for Popular Print Media
CMS 274 Writing for the Media
CMS 302 Writing the Feature Story
CMS 305 Writing Opinion: Editorials & Columns
CMS 315 Broadcast Newswriting

Media Theory (6 hours)

Complete any two of the following courses:
CMS 310 Critical Perspectives on News
CMS 423 The First Amendment
PHI 211 Media Ethics

Media Production (6 hours)

Complete any two of the following courses:
CMS 203/204 Introduction to Video Production/Lab
CMS 222 Digital Radio & Audio Production
CMS 324 Photojournalism
CMS 322 Digital Audio Storytelling
CMS 340/341 Field Video Production & Lab
CMS 440/441 Advanced Video Production & Law

III. Senior Experience (6 credit hours)
CMS 400 Senior Project (3 credits)
CMS 450 Service Learning Practicum (3 credits)