Broadcasting Minor (18 Hours)


MCOM 3623Mass Communication History
Prerequisite: MCOM 1233
Study of the development of mass communication beginning with early attempts at print media and continuing to present developments.  Emphasis on connecting events of their time with events of today and understanding developments within their political, social, economic, and cultural contexts.

MCOM 4223Computer Assisted Reporting
Prerequisites: MCOM 1243, 3313
The use of computers, databases, and the Internet to develop meaningful and complex stories.  Emphasis is placed on finding raw data, interpreting it, organizing it, and writing stories for publication.  The course deals with critical thinking and the methodology of using computers as a journalistic tool.

MCOM 4263Broadcast News I
Prerequisite: MCOM 3613
Gathering, writing, and presenting a television news product under a deadline. Developing news judgment, as well as an understanding of the complexities of the visual aspect of broadcast journalism.

MCOM 4363Broadcast News II
Prerequisite: MCOM 4263
Building on a variety of skills acquired in MCOM 4263, this class focuses on broadcast performance, production, ethics, and non-linear editing.
MCOM 4423Multimedia Design
Prerequisites: MCOM 1243, 3313
Students will learn the basics of integrating several media into the Internet, including print, audio, video, and graphics.  Emphasis will include technical proficiency in various software applications, aesthetic considerations, and understanding new technologies.

MCOM 4533Advanced Reporting/Writing
Prerequisites: MCOM 1243, 3313, and 3613
Advanced course designed to improve students' skills in writing and reporting for print, broadcast, and web applications.