M.A in Journalism, International Emphasis

M.A in Journalism, International Emphasis

The M.A. in journalism with an international emphasis concentrates on the news media as an academic discipline that focuses on the nature and effects of journalism in a global society. Students explore international media models, media law, ethics, digital media, journalism history and the effects of media coverage on contemporary societies around the world. This 33-unit program is an alternative for students who are interested in pursuing a doctoral program and entering academia rather than in acquiring the professional skills offered in the skills-oriented option.
 
The school’s rich assortment of courses that survey international journalism make Journalism International Studies an attractive option for students interested in the role of global news media.
 
The option is very flexible, and programs can be tailored to meet individual students’ career goals and personal interests. Besides the journalism courses listed below, students are encouraged to enroll in relevant courses in colleges, schools or departments outside the School of Journalism (with permission). Several graduate students in journalism, for example, usually enroll in the Mideast Media course offered by the Department of Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

International Emphasis Course Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 33 units, including a thesis, to graduate. The curriculum consists of four required courses, a highly recommended course, and five to six electives. Full-time students can complete the requirements in two years.

No 400-level credits will be accepted toward graduate degrees. All course work will be based on graduate-level work. Credits earned in the 500-level section of a co-convened course (400/500) will be accepted toward graduate degrees.

Required Courses (up to 15 units)
JOUR 508 Journalism Theory and Practice
JOUR 509 International and U.S. Media Law
JOUR 589 Research Methods
JOUR 909 Project or JOUR 910 Thesis (3 units)
 
Highly recommended course (3 units)
JOUR 539 Ethics and the News Media
 
Electives (18 units) (Some are offered only occasionally.)
JOUR 502 Media and Terrorism
JOUR 526 Reporting the Middle East
JOUR 558 Opinion Writing
JOUR 565 Issues in Covering Science and the Environment
JOUR 573 Reporting the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
JOUR 587 History of American Journalism
JOUR 596F Media Coverage of International Crises
JOUR 596L U.S. Press and Latin America
JOUR 597C Coups and Earthquakes: Reporting the World (2 units)
Other courses in the School of Journalism (with permission)
Courses outside the School of Journalism (with permission)
 
Total: 33 units
 

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE

Below is a suggested schedule to ensure a logical progression from course to course, based on when courses are usually offered. A few graduate elective courses are also sometimes offered in winter and summer sessions. See the full list of courses for more information.

First year (18 units)
Fall
JOUR 508 Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
JOUR 539 Ethics and the News Media (3 units)
Elective (3 units)

Spring
JOUR 509 International and US Media Law (3 units)
JOUR 589 Research Methods (3 units)
Elective (3 units)

Second year (15 units)
JOUR 909 Project or JOUR 910 Thesis (3 units)
Electives (up to 12 units)

Total: 33 units

 

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