Graduate Specialties

You can add a specialty to your diploma and transcript!

In addition to the core journalism courses to earn a master’s degree (JOUR 508, 509, 589 and 909 or 910), you may select a specialty, if you wish, in Digital Journalism, Global Journalism, or Science and Environmental Journalism. The specialization is noted on your diploma and transcript.

Digital Journalism

Changes in digital journalism technologies and communication tools have presented journalists and news organizations with a variety of challenges and opportunities. Demands on today’s journalists require advanced storytelling skills that include expertise in visual story gathering and production, the incorporation of social media, data mining, and app and web design to compete in a modern media environment. To meet these complex challenges, the School of Journalism provides students with the opportunity to advance their digital storytelling skills through courses in advanced multimedia and photojournalism, mobile app development, media entrepreneurship, digital communications law and data mining. Our study abroad program in Italy provides students with an opportunity to advance their visual storytelling skills in an international setting.

The Digital Journalism specialty requires 9 credit hours. In addition to the core journalism courses, you must take at least three of the courses listed below:

  • JOUR 520    Digital Communication Law
  • JOUR 528    Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • JOUR 533    Digging with Data
  • JOUR 580    Advanced Multimedia
  • JOUR 584    Mobile App Development
  • JOUR 593    Internship specializing in digital storytelling
  • JOUR 597B  Advanced Photojournalism in Italy
  •                     One digital storytelling course outside of Journalism

Global Journalism

Democratic societies and the news media are struggling with questions arising from the global information environment. Journalists who understand the factors that shape the collection, evaluation and dissemination of information in the United States and other nations are of crucial importance. The UA School of Journalism provides exciting opportunities for students in global journalism through extensive faculty experience in foreign reporting, the school’s proximity to Mexico, study abroad opportunities in Italy, Costa Rica and the Middle East, and collaborations with international programs at the University of Arizona. Faculty members have decades of experience reporting from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Students develop skills and knowledge that will set them apart from their peers.

The Global Journalism specialty requires 9 credit hours in addition to the core journalism courses. Students must take at least three of the courses listed below:

  • JOUR 502     Media and Terrorism
  • JOUR 526     Reporting the Middle East
  • JOUR 573     Reporting the U.S./Mexico Border
  • JOUR 596F   Media Coverage of International Crises
  • JOUR 596L   U.S. Press and Latin America
  • JOUR 597C   Reporting the World
  • JOUR 593     Internship specializing in global journalism
  •                      Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Italy or another country
  •                      One international class outside of Journalism

Science and Environmental Journalism

Genetically modified foods … climate change … vaccines … stem cell research … evolution. Americans persistently misunderstand, misrepresent or disregard the science behind these hot-button issues and others. Courses in the Science and Environmental Journalism specialty introduce students to the professional, legal and ethical factors that affect journalists as they cover science and the environment. Students write stories, shoot photographs and produce infographics that illuminate the wonders and complexities of science and environmental discoveries, issues and the people behind them. The School of Journalism provides many opportunities for students through extensive faculty experience, a wide range of experts at the University of Arizona and study abroad in Costa Rica. Students develop skills and knowledge that will set them apart from their peers.

The Science and Environmental Journalism specialty requires 9 credit hours. Students must take at least three of the courses listed below, in addition to the core journalism classes:

  • JOUR 555    Environmental Journalism (also offered in Costa Rica in summer)
  • JOUR 565    Issues in Covering Science and the Environment
  • JOUR 572    Science Journalism
  • JOUR 593    Internship specializing in science or environmental journalism
  •                     One science class outside of the UA School of Journalism