Courses | B.A. in Journalism and Integrated Media

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.



Major Courses

Overview of the influence of American media beginning with Journalism in the late 1700s, extending into convergent media of the early 21st century. The course examines the crafting and influence of media messages over time, including print, photo, audio, video, and interactive Web media. The course examines interplay of journalism and public relations over the decades, exploring the roots of, and ethical principles underlying, best practice(s). Students will juxtapose their biblical world-view with ethical decision-making seen in today's national and international media. Grade Mode: A.
A course introducing students to fact-based storytelling that combines print and visuals in a Web format that meets the needs of students aiming at careers in the convergent media of journalism and public relations. Students learn convergence through readings, discussion, observation and project work. The course serves as a prerequisite to Convergent Media Production. Grade Mode: A.
An examination of the basics of photography-editorial, graphic and technical. This introduction presumes no previous knowledge of photography. Students learn to capture images based on the above criteria with standard digital photographic equipment (SLR based). Students also learn basic skills to edit still photographs with the 'digital darkroom' and prepare them for publications and Web media. Grade Mode: A.
Practical study and experience in successful strategies for making the step from academia to journalism and public relations careers. Students interact with working professionals through guest lectures, media tours and mock job interviews, examining the maturity of their gifts and skills and whether they have the readiness needed for effective participation in journalism, public relations, or other media environments--whether as an intern or a new employee. The course also helps students examine steps needed to prepare for graduate school, law school, and church or missions-related ministry as options naturally following their journalism preparation. Grade Mode: A.
Deadline production for the Web using news, features and sports reporting approaches. Students learn techniques for effectively combining writing, still photos, video clips, audio files, and interactive media elements to produce contextual coverage of breaking events and trends affecting the Biola campus and/or the surrounding region. Students rotate responsibilities for various pieces of the convergent product. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory course providing students with the media tools and grasp of marketing-related media theory needed for effective digital communications in businesses and organizations. Course content will cover the basic social media platforms and their uses from an organizational standpoint; Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools and methods; and digital strategy for online advertising, analytics and website user trending. Upon completion, students will be equipped to create digital communication strategies, understanding the platforms and tools available along with methods to measure effectiveness for a variety of audiences. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, introductive learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to explore their interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry. This course is aimed at providing students with a beginning portfolio of work suitable for applying to an advanced internship in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization Notes: Sixty hours of internship are required for each academic credit. May be taken multiple times for credit for a total of 3 times. Grade Mode: A.
Study of theoretical approaches to the First Amendment as well as specific areas of concern to professional journalists such as defamation, privacy, fair trial, obscenity, copyright, shield laws, sunshine laws, etc. Exploration of applied professional ethics and contemporary professional issues of ethics for journalists. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, rigorous learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in an advanced internship with a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to refine their interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry by engaging in an internship that requires more than an entry level position. This course is aimed at providing students with an advanced portfolio of work suitable for applying to entry level positions in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization. In addition, students will refine their resumes and other components to prepare them for a career after Biola. Notes: One hundred and twenty hours of internship are required for this course. Grade Mode: A.
A capstone course for journalism majors organized in a seminar style in which students review the philosophies of formative thinkers behind American journalism (print, broadcast and Internet), and examine the philosophy of a journalist whom they'll shadow. The course culminates in each student's examination of his or her own philosophy of journalism and sense of calling as a believer practicing journalism or public relations or as an influence in the marketplace of public opinion. Grade Mode: A.
A course guiding students in preparation, management and presentation/defense of competency in the senior portfolio required for graduation in the major. The portfolio measures learning in pre-professional, presentation and convergence program learning outcomes. Students are advised to take this course in the semester prior to their intended semester of graduation. Notes: Students must earn a "C" or better in the course for it to count toward the major. Students may have opportunity to revise the portfolio if its deficiencies are remediable and can be adjusted within the timeframe of the course schedule. Students whose portfolios need more extensive revision may repeat this course if necessary. Presentations as part of the public presentation requirement cannot be revised and failure to meet competency will require the student to retake this course. Grade Mode: A.

Concentrations

Broadcast

Instruction in writing for media ranging from print to photos, to radio to television, to social media. Lecture, discussion, and writing assignments of varying lengths and deadline ground students in crafting of narratives that inform, explain and illustrate ideas using facts, quotes, data, and background information. Basics of media interviewing and source attribution are introduced. The course emphasizes critical thinking, critical reading, and editing (alone and in groups) to find and eliminate errors in logic and meaning, but also in grammar, spelling and punctuation. The course grounds students in use of Associated Press style, but will also guide them into use of scholarly and non-scholarly source attribution for scholarly writing about journalism and media. Grade Mode: A.
A laboratory-oriented course in public affairs reporting that puts emphasis on back-grounding, interviewing, topic newsgathering and basic familiarity with use of public records and the paper trail for deadlines, stories in print visual and/or broadcast news. Grade Mode: A.
A course in broadcast journalism in which students learn the craft of shooting TV news and informational video. They also study the process of video storytelling and how to create a compelling news package. Course includes shooting stand-ups, interview, b-roll and voice-overs, with an emphasis on editing and production. Grade Mode: A.
Students learn basic techniques of broadcast news-writing, video shooting, editing and production. Classes consist of lecture/discussion and guidance in project work for telling visual and/or audio stories adapted to traditional broadcast settings as well as Web audiences. Grade Mode: A.
Practical study and experience in successful strategies for covering youth, varsity and professional sports for deadline news media (print, broadcast and Web). The course will emphasize techniques for interviewing, reporting and writing about sports for print and online media, but will include elements applicable to video and audio components of a convergent approach to sports journalism. Ethics of sports journalism practice from a Christian world-view are applied to the media marketplace through discussion and project-driven experience. Notes: JOUR 220, JOUR 231, and JOUR 235 are recommended. Grade Mode: A.
Laboratory, lecture and discussion course in advanced principles of identifying news, its sources and the connection of issues with trends. Course emphasizes in-depth (documentary-style) interviewing, variable deadline writing, introductory use of and analysis of online and retrievable databases, and other online resources for journalism and public relations. Grade Mode: A.
Students learn the nuts and bolts for writing and producing a television newscast. The course observes life behind-the-scenes in a television newsroom. Students study the format for writing for television news, as well as how to stack a show, assign packages and stories, and how to produce in breaking news situations. Students also study the writing format for television news, as well as how to properly write a television news package. Grade Mode: A.
Students learn principles and practical application of television directing and the aspects of production that determine aesthetic quality. Techniques and concepts of video field reporting, production and video editing are introduced. Lecture, discussion, and projects give particular emphasis to developing critical and analytic abilities, and realizing practical applications of media ethics and aesthetics. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, introductive learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to explore their interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry. This course is aimed at providing students with a beginning portfolio of work suitable for applying to an advanced internship in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization Notes: Sixty hours of internship are required for each academic credit. May be taken multiple times for credit for a total of 3 times. Grade Mode: A.
Students acquire the basic skills necessary to work as a television news anchor and reporter. Study of delivery topics including: breathing techniques, voice pitch, how to read the teleprompter, on-air appearance and one of the most important skills necessary as a broadcast journalist, how to deliver a live report. Class projects include mandatory appearances on Biola's EagleVision newscasts, as both an anchor and reporter. May include a visit to a local television news studio. Grade Mode: A.
Takes students to the highest levels of identification of news trends and the roots of news events by means of advanced database investigation, use of extensive public documents and advanced forms of paper trail pursuit to report on people, businesses, organizations and institutions. The course approaches in-depth investigation with a Christian worldview that sees truth-telling as a Biblical prophetic mandate balancing mercy and justice. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, rigorous learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in an advanced internship with a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to refine their interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry by engaging in an internship that requires more than an entry level position. This course is aimed at providing students with an advanced portfolio of work suitable for applying to entry level positions in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization. In addition, students will refine their resumes and other components to prepare them for a career after Biola. Notes: One hundred and twenty hours of internship are required for this course. Grade Mode: A.
A rotating variety of topics and production experiences often employing special guests from within Journalism or Public Relations. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Documentary Reporting, Political Journalism, PR Fund Raising, Event Planning, Cross-cultural journalism, advanced multimedia, or advanced photojournalism. Notes: May be taken multiple times for a maximum of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Individual research in an area of Journalism or Public Relations determined in consultation with the instructor. Notes: Special approval required. May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.

Visual Media

A survey of contemporary art photography, introducing the practices of darkroom, digital, black and white, and color photography, with an emphasis on technical and conceptual aspects. Notes: Highly recommended that students own or have access to both 35mm film and digital SLR cameras. Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
Students develop methods of visual communication that draw on the cumulative experience of 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D coursework. Through the use of digital/analog tools and readings related to the current discourse, students explore the process of design and communication. Grade Mode: A.
A studio exploration of color photography using digital and film techniques. Emphasis placed on color theory, contemporary issues, and the technical skills of artificial lighting and professional digital printing workflow. Notes: Highly recommended that students own or have access to digital SLR camera. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the design and use of letter forms and their direct application to the typographic ideas of contrast, hierarchy, and grids. Students build skills for the art of typesetting and typographic layout, and for expressive typography and conceptual thinking. Grade Mode: A.
A critical exploration of current graphic design forms emphasizing core design competencies including color theory, image-text integration and problem solving. A variety of software applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are used in investigating mass media and examining particular strategies, imagery and delivery. Grade Mode: A.
Focused exploration of black and white photography covering its creative, technical and historical aspects. Emphasis is placed on darkroom techniques, some advanced digital black and white also explored. Notes: Highly recommended that students own a 35mm SLR camera. Grade Mode: A.
Through an introduction to the building blocks of visual storytelling, students will learn to use film grammar to tell their stories effectively. Special emphasis will be given to lighting, color, shape, line, and space. Grade Mode: A.
Instruction in writing for media ranging from print to photos, to radio to television, to social media. Lecture, discussion, and writing assignments of varying lengths and deadline ground students in crafting of narratives that inform, explain and illustrate ideas using facts, quotes, data, and background information. Basics of media interviewing and source attribution are introduced. The course emphasizes critical thinking, critical reading, and editing (alone and in groups) to find and eliminate errors in logic and meaning, but also in grammar, spelling and punctuation. The course grounds students in use of Associated Press style, but will also guide them into use of scholarly and non-scholarly source attribution for scholarly writing about journalism and media. Grade Mode: A.
A laboratory-oriented course in public affairs reporting that puts emphasis on back-grounding, interviewing, topic newsgathering and basic familiarity with use of public records and the paper trail for deadlines, stories in print visual and/or broadcast news. Grade Mode: A.
A course in broadcast journalism in which students learn the craft of shooting TV news and informational video. They also study the process of video storytelling and how to create a compelling news package. Course includes shooting stand-ups, interview, b-roll and voice-overs, with an emphasis on editing and production. Grade Mode: A.
Students learn basic techniques of broadcast news-writing, video shooting, editing and production. Classes consist of lecture/discussion and guidance in project work for telling visual and/or audio stories adapted to traditional broadcast settings as well as Web audiences. Grade Mode: A.
A course introducing students to digital approaches to publishing, including basic principles of design and typography, hands-on practice with leading industry software and the ultimate production of publication material. The adobe suite of products (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver) is used. Provides students with the opportunity to develop the use of electronic procedures to produce and edit publications and Web sites. Students create, format, illustrate and design print material and Web products. The course prepares students to produce such materials as newsletters, flyers, brochures, publication spreads and advertising materials. This is an entry-level course, assuming students have little or no previous experience with the Adobe suite of products. Grade Mode: A.
Portfolio course in which students produce professional-level work in one of the following campus media: newspaper, magazine, public relations, television, radio or Web/convergent media. Work in the practicum is designed as a springboard to competitive application for internships and career-entry in media and media-related ministry. Students are not allowed to take Practicum credits simultaneously (in one semester). Notes: May be taken twice for credit. Grade Mode: A.
Laboratory, lecture and discussion course in advanced principles of identifying news, its sources and the connection of issues with trends. Course emphasizes in-depth (documentary-style) interviewing, variable deadline writing, introductory use of and analysis of online and retrievable databases, and other online resources for journalism and public relations. Grade Mode: A.
A research and discussion course exploring theories of visual knowledge, the making of meaning through visual languages, and the ways journalists and/or public relations professionals negotiate visual symbols and paradigms within disparate communities. The course analyzes digital SLR imaging, video imaging, and the uses of complementary elements alongside visuals including, but not limited to, text, audio and graphics. Cross-cultural elements of visual meaning can be included depending on the semester. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, introductive learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to explore their interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry. This course is aimed at providing students with a beginning portfolio of work suitable for applying to an advanced internship in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization Notes: Sixty hours of internship are required for each academic credit. May be taken multiple times for credit for a total of 3 times. Grade Mode: A.
Explores reporting and documentation through the visual medium of still images. Students photograph assignments under working press conditions and advance their skills using the SLR camera. Grade Mode: A.
Examines the trends in design as they impact newspapers, magazines, broadcast and promotional material in applicable print, online and mobile form. It is expected that students have a basic ability with the Adobe Suite of products. Emphasis is on the design of cohesive multi-page (print or digital) publications, sites and/or apps. Examines editorial operations, production procedures, and the role of the art/design director. In the class' workshop setting, students are familiarized not only with theoretical ideas but also with practical considerations of design. Grade Mode: A.
Advertising principles and techniques. The study of effective and ineffective forms of advertising. Applications linked to public relations, media events, marketing, and communication encounters. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, rigorous learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in an advanced internship with a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to refine their interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry by engaging in an internship that requires more than an entry level position. This course is aimed at providing students with an advanced portfolio of work suitable for applying to entry level positions in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization. In addition, students will refine their resumes and other components to prepare them for a career after Biola. Notes: One hundred and twenty hours of internship are required for this course. Grade Mode: A.
Continues the exploration of reporting and interpreting the news through photos, photo documentaries, and photo analysis. Advanced techniques of visual reporting and interpreting news are explored. Working under deadline continues to be a part of the advanced course. Introduces the use of lighting techniques, including operation of portable and studio strobes. Grade Mode: A.
A rotating variety of topics and production experiences often employing special guests from within Journalism or Public Relations. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Documentary Reporting, Political Journalism, PR Fund Raising, Event Planning, Cross-cultural journalism, advanced multimedia, or advanced photojournalism. Notes: May be taken multiple times for a maximum of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Individual research in an area of Journalism or Public Relations determined in consultation with the instructor. Notes: Special approval required. May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.

Cross-Cultural Media

Students in the cross-cultural media concentration are able to choose from a range of courses in journalism, language, history and intercultural studies:

A study of the culture of the Ancient Near East with emphasis on history, literature, religion and the modes of thought. Attention is given to cultural preparation for the biblical faith. Grade Mode: A.
Focusing on Jerusalem, students will study the diplomatic and political history of the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. Emphasis on Christian Zionism, political Islam, and international relations. Depending on the students in the class, position papers will be used either in simulated negotiations or panel discussions. Grade Mode: A.
History of Muslim, Jewish and Christian relations. Multidisciplinary approach. Questions of church and state, morality, Scripture. Grade Mode: A.
Exploration of foundational issues related to international and intercultural ministry, including foundational models of global Christian witness, mission formation, contextualization, and an overview of various global realities (poverty; international development; Islam; unreached peoples; urbanization; globalization; and peace, security and conflict) from a Biblical perspective. Career tracks in intercultural and global service are explored. Grade Mode: A.
Exploration of the cross-cultural transition process, focusing on healthy adjustment as a sojourner in a new culture. Attention given to understanding and applying grace to oneself and others, discerning cultural values, conflict styles, social stratification and celebration. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory study of the city as the center of religion, economics, politics and social life for all major cultures. Focuses on forming a professional response for ministry in the city. Grade Mode: A.
Principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another. Focus on different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression and subgroups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. Notes: See also COMM 472. Grade Mode: A.
The use of social science research techniques to learn about the people, needs and opportunities for living, working, and serving in the city. Special attention is given to researching people groups and the adaptations they make to urban contexts. Notes: Course is usually offered in Los Angeles in the Fall semester and frequently in New York City as a Summer Study Tour. See Program Director for details. Grade Mode: A.
Instruction in writing for media ranging from print to photos, to radio to television, to social media. Lecture, discussion, and writing assignments of varying lengths and deadline ground students in crafting of narratives that inform, explain and illustrate ideas using facts, quotes, data, and background information. Basics of media interviewing and source attribution are introduced. The course emphasizes critical thinking, critical reading, and editing (alone and in groups) to find and eliminate errors in logic and meaning, but also in grammar, spelling and punctuation. The course grounds students in use of Associated Press style, but will also guide them into use of scholarly and non-scholarly source attribution for scholarly writing about journalism and media. Grade Mode: A.
A laboratory-oriented course in public affairs reporting that puts emphasis on back-grounding, interviewing, topic newsgathering and basic familiarity with use of public records and the paper trail for deadlines, stories in print visual and/or broadcast news. Grade Mode: A.
Students learn basic techniques of broadcast news-writing, video shooting, editing and production. Classes consist of lecture/discussion and guidance in project work for telling visual and/or audio stories adapted to traditional broadcast settings as well as Web audiences. Grade Mode: A.
A course introducing students to digital approaches to publishing, including basic principles of design and typography, hands-on practice with leading industry software and the ultimate production of publication material. The adobe suite of products (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver) is used. Provides students with the opportunity to develop the use of electronic procedures to produce and edit publications and Web sites. Students create, format, illustrate and design print material and Web products. The course prepares students to produce such materials as newsletters, flyers, brochures, publication spreads and advertising materials. This is an entry-level course, assuming students have little or no previous experience with the Adobe suite of products. Grade Mode: A.
Laboratory, lecture and discussion course in advanced principles of identifying news, its sources and the connection of issues with trends. Course emphasizes in-depth (documentary-style) interviewing, variable deadline writing, introductory use of and analysis of online and retrievable databases, and other online resources for journalism and public relations. Grade Mode: A.
Students learn storytelling based on insight into a unique location using interviewing and video editing techniques to make that location, its people and culture understandable and approachable to audiences. An understanding of on-camera interviewing, script writing, videography and video editing are necessary to begin this course, though those areas will be refined in this practical, field-work driven course. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, introductive learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to explore their interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry. This course is aimed at providing students with a beginning portfolio of work suitable for applying to an advanced internship in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization Notes: Sixty hours of internship are required for each academic credit. May be taken multiple times for credit for a total of 3 times. Grade Mode: A.
Explores reporting and documentation through the visual medium of still images. Students photograph assignments under working press conditions and advance their skills using the SLR camera. Grade Mode: A.
A travel course taking students to an area outside Southern California where they will investigate a problem or trend, illustrate and explain the political or socio-cultural background, current struggles or challenges and possible solutions for change. Involves use of writing and/or visuals adaptable to the Web in a final project that demonstrates students' grasp of other cultures and the deeper issues behind trends or events. The course will periodically involve an international media project partnered with a missions organization or media outlet in another country. Grade Mode: A.
A course focusing on broadcast and/or print or Web news from an international perspective. Students follow news stories with international significance, comparing story content, coverage and decision-making with the national media in the United States. Guest speakers include experts from the international news media. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, rigorous learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in an advanced internship with a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to refine their interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry by engaging in an internship that requires more than an entry level position. This course is aimed at providing students with an advanced portfolio of work suitable for applying to entry level positions in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization. In addition, students will refine their resumes and other components to prepare them for a career after Biola. Notes: One hundred and twenty hours of internship are required for this course. Grade Mode: A.
Students in this mastery-level course will explore in-depth a topic using a team approach that moves their inquiry from a core idea into a multi-part exploration that, by the end of the semester, becomes a finished book published by the department through on-demand technology. Book topics will vary, but urban and cross-cultural themes will be emphasized, pointing towards the needs and solutions being sought to help the marginalized and alienated within and around the American evangelical church and/or internationally. Projects will include reporting through written and visual form, and as needed, video storytelling and web development that enhances audience understanding of the book's topic. Grade Mode: A.
This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop intercultural communicative competence at an intermediate low-mid proficiency level. Notes: Offered off campus and includes a service component and course fee depending on the location and itinerary of the class and service component. Grade Mode: A.
This Spanish language immersion course is a community-based, experiential learning opportunity in Spanish which will consist of Spanish in a classroom setting focusing on the exploration of local varieties of Spanish and Latino culture. Students are required to live in a Christian host family and participate in mandatory excursions and service learning in the target language during afternoon, evening, and weekend hours. The course will normally be offered during summer session. Grade Mode: A.
This course offers a real world setting for the development of intercultural communicative competence under the guidance of our faculty. Study tours may include homestays, exploratory excursions, internships and academic service learning as our students practice their language skills while in direct contact with Hispanic culture. Grade Mode: A.
This survey course provides a panoramic view of the civilization and culture of the Spanish-speaking world (Spain, Spanish America, United States) from its early origins to the present day. Emphasis will be given to literary, artistic and cultural productions of each respective region. This class aims to help students attain an advanced level of intercultural communication in the target language with practice in the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Grade Mode: A.

Language preparation electives:

This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate low proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in Arabic should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate low-mid proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in Arabic should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an intermediate course designed to further develop basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate mid-high proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in Arabic should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate low proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in French should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate low-mid proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in French should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an intermediate course designed to further develop basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate mid-high proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in French should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
A continuation of Intermediate-level French, this course will cover typical aspects of French daily life with special emphasis on idioms, useful phrases and conversational patterns. Topics deal with true to life situations and practical aspects of the language. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours each week. When Offered: Not offered on a regular basis.

Provides intensive practice and instruction in French conversation at the high-intermediate level. It will help students develop a strong command of grammar structures, build their lexical repertoire, as well as orient them to the uses of formal and informal uses of French. Students will develop critical thinking skills and will be given the tools for approaching, and understanding a wide variety of texts, as well as develop strategies for expressing themselves with fluency and spontaneity in conversation. Students will also be guided through the writing process in order to guide them to produce well-structured texts in French. Notes: This course will not be offered on a regular basis. Grade Mode: A.

This course will develop the students' command of the linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic competencies of the language. At this level, learners will be able to understand without difficulty almost everything heard or read. Learners will be able to express themselves in a fluent, precise and spontaneous way, and differentiate various connotations and levels of meaning in complex texts. Learners will produce well structured written texts on a wide variety of topics. Grade Mode: A.
This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate low proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in German should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate low-mid proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in German should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an intermediate course designed to further develop basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate mid-high proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in German should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate low proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in Spanish should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an introductory course designed to build basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate low-mid proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in Spanish should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an intermediate course designed to further develop basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop inter-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate mid-high proficiency level. Lecture/Lab Hours: Five hours each week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language credit. Students desiring to enroll in Spanish should do so during the freshman and sophomore years. It is impossible to complete Core Curriculum (GE) requirements (B.A. degree) if the student starts in the senior year. Grade Mode: A.
This is an intermediate course designed to further develop basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by focusing on the cultural content, vocabulary and grammar necessary to develop intercultural communicative competence at an intermediate-high proficiency level. Grade Mode: A.
This course will build upon and further develop the informal knowledge of Spanish that heritage learners bring to the classroom--usually from family and neighborhood exposure to the language--and cultivate formal speaking, reading, and writing abilities. Notes: Students are not expected to have any formal training in written Spanish prior to enrolling in this course. Students desiring to enroll in Spanish are strongly advised to do so during their freshman and sophomore years. Grade Mode: A.
This course will help develop students' vocabulary and register while reviewing advanced grammatical structures of Spanish through thematic units, which target the development of advanced-level oral and written proficiency through readings and discussion of Spanish texts and culture broadly defined (film, literature, newspapers, pop culture, etc.), as well as writing assignments and oral presentations. Grade Mode: A.
This course will help develop students' vocabulary and register while reviewing advanced grammatical structures of Spanish through thematic units, which target the development of advanced-level oral and written proficiency through readings and discussion of Spanish texts and culture broadly defined (film, literature, newspapers, pop culture, etc.), as well as writing assignments and oral presentations. Grade Mode: A.

This course seeks to broaden the informal knowledge of Spanish that heritage learners bring to the classroom and focuses primarily on the development of formal speaking, reading, and writing abilities across a variety of topics and genres. Notes: Students may take one or both courses in the series based upon the recommendation of their instructor or program advisor. Grade Mode: A.

This course seeks to broaden the informal knowledge of Spanish that heritage learners bring to the classroom and focuses primarily on the development of formal speaking, reading, and writing abilities across a variety of topics and genres. Notes: Students may take one or both courses in the series based upon the recommendation of their instructor or program advisor. Grade Mode: A.

Writing and Publishing

Overview of the influence of American media beginning with Journalism in the late 1700s, extending into convergent media of the early 21st century. The course examines the crafting and influence of media messages over time, including print, photo, audio, video, and interactive Web media. The course examines interplay of journalism and public relations over the decades, exploring the roots of, and ethical principles underlying, best practice(s). Students will juxtapose their biblical world-view with ethical decision-making seen in today's national and international media. Grade Mode: A.
An examination of the basics of photography-editorial, graphic and technical. This introduction presumes no previous knowledge of photography. Students learn to capture images based on the above criteria with standard digital photographic equipment (SLR based). Students also learn basic skills to edit still photographs with the 'digital darkroom' and prepare them for publications and Web media. Grade Mode: A.
A laboratory-oriented course in public affairs reporting that puts emphasis on back-grounding, interviewing, topic newsgathering and basic familiarity with use of public records and the paper trail for deadlines, stories in print visual and/or broadcast news. Grade Mode: A.
A course in broadcast journalism in which students learn the craft of shooting TV news and informational video. They also study the process of video storytelling and how to create a compelling news package. Course includes shooting stand-ups, interview, b-roll and voice-overs, with an emphasis on editing and production. Grade Mode: A.
Students learn basic techniques of broadcast news-writing, video shooting, editing and production. Classes consist of lecture/discussion and guidance in project work for telling visual and/or audio stories adapted to traditional broadcast settings as well as Web audiences. Grade Mode: A.
A course introducing students to digital approaches to publishing, including basic principles of design and typography, hands-on practice with leading industry software and the ultimate production of publication material. The adobe suite of products (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver) is used. Provides students with the opportunity to develop the use of electronic procedures to produce and edit publications and Web sites. Students create, format, illustrate and design print material and Web products. The course prepares students to produce such materials as newsletters, flyers, brochures, publication spreads and advertising materials. This is an entry-level course, assuming students have little or no previous experience with the Adobe suite of products. Grade Mode: A.
Practical study and experience in successful strategies for covering youth, varsity and professional sports for deadline news media (print, broadcast and Web). The course will emphasize techniques for interviewing, reporting and writing about sports for print and online media, but will include elements applicable to video and audio components of a convergent approach to sports journalism. Ethics of sports journalism practice from a Christian world-view are applied to the media marketplace through discussion and project-driven experience. Notes: JOUR 220, JOUR 231, and JOUR 235 are recommended. Grade Mode: A.
Laboratory, lecture and discussion course in advanced principles of identifying news, its sources and the connection of issues with trends. Course emphasizes in-depth (documentary-style) interviewing, variable deadline writing, introductory use of and analysis of online and retrievable databases, and other online resources for journalism and public relations. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory course providing students with the media tools and grasp of marketing-related media theory needed for effective digital communications in businesses and organizations. Course content will cover the basic social media platforms and their uses from an organizational standpoint; Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools and methods; and digital strategy for online advertising, analytics and website user trending. Upon completion, students will be equipped to create digital communication strategies, understanding the platforms and tools available along with methods to measure effectiveness for a variety of audiences. Grade Mode: A.
Exploration of aesthetics and design with emphasis on copy editing and marking skills necessary for quality presentation of material in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and other journalistic venues. Extensive practice of copy editing with attention to style, grammar, punctuation, writing headlines, cutlines, selection of type, use of color and art. Grade Mode: A.
Principles of writing for targeted audiences that win readers and editors at niche and mainstream magazines. Students move articles from inception to querying through the revision processes of medium and long-form features and in-depth article writing. Course includes elements of business self-management, budgeting and copyright guidelines. Grade Mode: A.
Explores reporting and documentation through the visual medium of still images. Students photograph assignments under working press conditions and advance their skills using the SLR camera. Grade Mode: A.
Examines the trends in design as they impact newspapers, magazines, broadcast and promotional material in applicable print, online and mobile form. It is expected that students have a basic ability with the Adobe Suite of products. Emphasis is on the design of cohesive multi-page (print or digital) publications, sites and/or apps. Examines editorial operations, production procedures, and the role of the art/design director. In the class' workshop setting, students are familiarized not only with theoretical ideas but also with practical considerations of design. Grade Mode: A.
Through written projects and discussion, this course helps students see the bridge between the best of American literature and the ongoing success of literary non-fiction journalism for such magazines as the New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly. By means of regular instruction and guest speakers, students learn to adapt theme, characters, plot and the pacing of narrative needed to develop stories that are both factual and dramatic. Students read and critique not only professionals' work, but also their own. May include study of the bridge between literary journalism and script-writing. Grade Mode: A.
Practical study and experience in successful strategies for agencies, organizations, businesses, ministries and mission organizations as they pursue balanced media coverage and respond to requests for interviews, data or other questions aimed at publication or broadcast on various deadlines. Ethics of media relations practice from a Christian world-view are applied to the media marketplace through discussion and project-driven experience. Grade Mode: A.
Advertising principles and techniques. The study of effective and ineffective forms of advertising. Applications linked to public relations, media events, marketing, and communication encounters. Grade Mode: A.
Takes students to the highest levels of identification of news trends and the roots of news events by means of advanced database investigation, use of extensive public documents and advanced forms of paper trail pursuit to report on people, businesses, organizations and institutions. The course approaches in-depth investigation with a Christian worldview that sees truth-telling as a Biblical prophetic mandate balancing mercy and justice. Grade Mode: A.
A portfolio-driven, guided learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in a media-related organization. This course will test students' interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry. This course is aimed at providing students with a finished portfolio of work suitable for entry to a media career or media-related ministry. Includes on-campus sessions designed to strengthen and expand professional skills. Notes: Sixty hours of internship are required for each academic credit. A total of 3 credits of internship are required for the major. It is strongly recommended that students take this course 1 credit at a time. Grade Mode: A.

A lecture, discussion and writing course in the power of well-researched argumentation through opinion writing in both print and online formats. Students analyze editorials, columns, news analyses, reviews, and editorial cartoons and illustrations as these appear in print and online. The course begins with the historical basis and ethics underlying opinion journalism, tracing its development to the current day and the unique place of the opinion page and opinion in web sites for newspapers, magazines, and online publications in various communities of readers in the United States and in other countries.

Examination of strategies and practice of reviewing the creative arts such as photography, dance, music, videos, film, books, architecture and drama with limited attention to major modern reviewers and critics. Required participation in field trips to various artistic presentations and shows serves as a basis for class discussions.

Continues the exploration of reporting and interpreting the news through photos, photo documentaries, and photo analysis. Advanced techniques of visual reporting and interpreting news are explored. Working under deadline continues to be a part of the advanced course. Introduces the use of lighting techniques, including operation of portable and studio strobes. Grade Mode: A.
A rotating variety of topics and production experiences often employing special guests from within Journalism or Public Relations. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Documentary Reporting, Political Journalism, PR Fund Raising, Event Planning, Cross-cultural journalism, advanced multimedia, or advanced photojournalism. Notes: May be taken multiple times for a maximum of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Individual research in an area of Journalism or Public Relations determined in consultation with the instructor. Notes: Special approval required. May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Students in this mastery-level course will explore in-depth a topic using a team approach that moves their inquiry from a core idea into a multi-part exploration that, by the end of the semester, becomes a finished book published by the department through on-demand technology. Book topics will vary, but urban and cross-cultural themes will be emphasized, pointing towards the needs and solutions being sought to help the marginalized and alienated within and around the American evangelical church and/or internationally. Projects will include reporting through written and visual form, and as needed, video storytelling and web development that enhances audience understanding of the book's topic. Grade Mode: A.
A culmination of the visual student's academic career. This course is the laboratory where visual students transition from student to master of their craft, bringing together journalism fundamentals, approaches to storytelling, and technology and techniques necessary to produce visual material in various forms. Students bring their mastered understanding of craft together with their developed ability to think critically concerning their faith and the world around them, to ultimately produce intensive final projects of their choosing. Students will consider business practices as they develop proposals, researching their areas of focus and considering experts and best practices for their final projects. Grade Mode: A.

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