Dual M.A. JOUR/Middle Eastern & North African Studies

Gain an intellectual foundation in regional studies, language, and advanced research techniques that will prepare you to conduct academic or journalism fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa, from Morocco to Afghanistan.

You must complete a minimum of 51 units to earn dual master’s degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science. You may choose from the following academic tracks:

Professional Track

Journalism Courses (18 units)

  • JOUR 506: Introductory and Advanced Reporting (3 units)
  • JOUR 507: Reporting with Multimedia (3 units)
  • JOUR 508: Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • JOUR 589: Research Methods (3 units)
  • JOUR 590: Arizona Sonora News (3 units)

Take one Journalism elective from the following (3 units):

  • JOUR 505: Study of News (Star apprenticeship)
  • JOUR 511: Feature Writing     
  • JOUR 522: Publication Design
  • JOUR 555: Environmental Journalism
  • JOUR 572: Science Journalism
  • JOUR 573: Reporting the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • JOUR 580: Advanced Multimedia
  • JOUR 584: News App Development

MENAS and Journalism Shared Courses (15 units)

  • Choose either Thesis (3 units from MENA 910, 3 units from JOUR 910) (6 units) OR Professional Project (3 units from MENA 909, 3 units from JOUR 909) (6 units)
  • MENA 596B: Middle East Media (3 units)
  • JOUR 509: International and U.S. Media Law (3 units)
  • JOUR 596F: Media Coverage of International Crises (3 units)

Middle Eastern and North African Studies Courses (18 Units)

  • MENA 595D: Middle East Studies (3 units)
  • Language (third year of an NES language)* (6 units)
  • One course from Gender & Society (3 units)
  • One course from Islamic Studies (3 units)
  • One course from History (3 units)

Total: 51 Units

You must demonstrate third-year language proficiency in Standard Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish. Second-year language proficiency is achieved by successfully completing four semesters of the focus language. Units from the first and second years do not count for graduate credit.

International Journalism Studies Track

Journalism Courses (18 units)

  • JOUR 508: Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • JOUR 589: Research Methods (3 units)
  • JOUR 539: Ethics and the News Media (3 units)
  • JOUR 560: International Media Systems (3 units)
  • Electives (6 units)

MENAS and Journalism Shared Courses (15 units)

  • Thesis (3 units from MENA 910, 3 units from JOUR 910) (6 units)
  • MENA 596B: Middle East Media (3 units)
  • JOUR 509: International and U.S. Media Law (3 units)
  • JOUR 596F: Media Coverage of International Crises (3 units)

Middle Eastern and North African Studies Courses (18 Units)

  • MENA 595D: Middle East Studies (3 units)
  • Language (third year of an NES language)* (6 units)
  • One course from Gender & Society (3 units)
  • One course from Islamic Studies (3 units)
  • One course from History (3 units)

Total: 51 Units

You must demonstrate third-year language proficiency in Standard Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish. Second-year language proficiency is achieved by successfully completing four semesters of the focus language. Units from the first and second years do not count for graduate credit.