Course Offerings

Course Offerings


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New Media Minor advising sheet is available: here

REQUIRED CORE COURSES. 6 credit hours.

Introduction to New Media (RTF 03295)

An overview of the structure of new media and an introduction into their physical construction and the economic and social system in which they operate.

New Media Production (RTF 03394)

Hands-on instruction in design and implementation of websites, blogs, digital audio and video. Introduction to New Media (RTF 03295 is a prerequisite for this course.)


New Media Practicum (INTR 01490)

New Media Practicum provides students with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge they have gathered through the Minor in New Media by synthesizing what they have learned it into a cohesive and sophisticated project that will be exemplary of the student's particular strengths and interests.

In addition to the experiential benefit of producing the capstone project, the student is also expected to present the work in such a way that it can serve as part of or a complete portfolio of new-media work that would be of interest to potential employers, graduate schools, or other interested parties. Students plan the project with an assigned adviser and meet various agreed-upon milestones throughout the semester.

ELECTIVES. 9 credit hours.

Students must take 3 elective courses, two of which must come from the following list of College of Communication Electives (see below).

Therefore students have 2 choices:

1. All three courses are taken from the list of College of Communication Electives.


2. Two courses are taken from the College of Communication Electives and one can be taken outside of the college. Electives taken outside of the College of Communication list must be approved by the New Media Minor coordinator.

College of Communication Electives

Graphic Design & Typography (ART 09377)

This course develops visual communication skills, teaching non-art majors how to think like a designer. Students will explore the creative design process with digital tools and design software, learning to effectively use and organize basic elements: typography, images, and color. They will examine and analyze case studies in graphic design, developing ability to critique design solutions. Students will use critical thinking skills, learning the essential descriptive vocabulary of graphic design and typography and how a designer's choices about type and image work together to communicate specific content.

Participatory Media (CMS 04315)

An examination of social interactivity and networking in new media, providing a student in the minor with an option to more deeply understand the role of social media, among other emerging trends.

Mediated Interpersonal Communication (CMS 04316)

Digital Communities (CMS 04317)

Journalism Principles and Practices (JRN 02205)

An overview of how the journalism industry functions, with particular attention paid to how technology shapes content - how the medium indeed becomes part of the message. This course would be a useful elective for students seeking broad industry knowledge and an understanding of how media industries, particularly journalism industries, interact ecologically; a worthwhile elective for students interested in journalistic aspects of new media and/or new media's role in the overall communication industry as seen from a journalism perspective.

Online Journalism I (JRN 02321)

An exploration of writing and producing news for online consumption. This course would be a productive elective for a student leaning toward production of news-based media, including blogs.

Online Journalism II (JRN 02325)

Specific instruction in presentation and structure of news for the Web. Again, a choice for students pursing journalistic endeavors.

Photojournalism (JRN 02314)

Prerequisite: 45 s.h.

This course covers the practices and techniques used by photojournalists on modern American newspapers. Students take digital photographs and edit in Photoshop. Weekly laboratory assignments are required.

Media ethics (JRN 02319)

Discussions, case histories, and analyses of right and wrong in media, and the considerable gray area in between right and wrong. Examination of these areas is provided in Introduction to New Media; therefore, a stand-along course in ethics is not essential. However, this course adds many layers of knowledge and understanding and will be of particular benefit for any student considering, for example, a career in new-media management.

Media Law (JRN 02335)

Prerequisite: 45 s.h.

This course examines laws that deal with the legal responsibilities of print, broadcast, and film media as well as public relations and advertising practitioners. Students analyze topics such as libel, privacy, broadcast regulations and copyright.

Copyediting (JRN 02411)

Prerequisite: News Reporting I (JRN 02310) or Basic PR Writing (PR 06301) or Journalistic Writing (JRN 02210)

Students learn modern copy-editing skills. They use computers to edit copy and write captions and headlines. Students interview copy editors to learn more about the job. They take weekly style quizzes to sharpen their editing skills.

Online Public Relations (MAPR 06515)

The tools and techniques of reaching and influencing the public through web-based and interactive media. An obvious choice for students pursuing PR or marketing.

Sound Communication (RTF 03224)

An examination of physics, history, and strorytelling through sound-based media, with exploration of digital sound techniques. A productive choice for students who wish to exploit the aural media in their work, such as those who produce and post online music sites.

Applied Media Aesthetics (RTF 03275)

This course offers students an introduction to the aesthetic concepts as applied directly to radio, television, and film media. Using examples from these media, students will study, discuss, and analyze design and composition elements as they apply to the production process. A basic vocabulary of aesthetic terminology will be assembled and students will be responsible for understanding and applying those terms through various written and visual assignments.

New Media Production 2 (RTF 03472)

Pre-requisite: New Media Production (RTF 03394)

This class builds upon the production foundation that was started in the New Media Production 1 course. It will provide the opportunity to further develop technical skills relating to new media.

Writing, Research, and Technology (WA 01301)

Understanding of writing styles in a cybermedia context, with a strong emphasis on web-based research. A particularly useful elective for those planning a career involving educational or academic use of interactive media.

Writing for the Workplace (WA 01400)

An exploration of both traditional and new-media written communication in employment settings. A particularly useful elective for anyone who intends to work on institutional web sites or intranets.

Writing for Electronic Communities (MAWR 01555: a graduate course that can be taken under senior privilege)

Focusing on how writing reaches and impacts various online audiences, this elective will be particularly productive for students who wish to concentrate in written online material, such as blogs and opinion pieces.

Information Architecture (MAWR 01564)

Information Architecture explores the connections among web site usability, interactivity, design, and navigation principles as each relate to the written content. Students investigate how written content influences the look and user-friendliness of web sites. Specific issues addressed in the course include presenting content for audiences with disabilities or for non-English speakers; privacy and security concerns; and the rise of information anxiety in the general public.

Internet and Writing Studies (MAWR 01620)

This is a theory driven seminar course with a practical component wherein students will learn HTML, CSS, and how to compose web sites according to the latest theories on web design. Students will read scholarly texts that introduce them to the evolution of written communication and writing technologies, Internet studies, and hypertext theory. Students will use these texts and theories to both analyze and compose various web sites, including an online portfolio of work they would like to showcase for future employers or graduate schools.

Visual Rhetoric and Multimodal Composition (MAWR 01621)

Probing the deeper ways in which new media communicate; a good elective choice for students interested in online public relations, advertising, marketing, or for students interested in the study of new media effects.

Internship (varies: all departments in the College of Communication currently offer their own section of internship)

In keeping with the College of Communication's tradition of integrating classroom and the workplace, an elective internship - chosen in consultation with the New Media Coordinator and based in production and use of new media - will serve as a valuable learning experience to students who have the inclination and opportunity to work in new media settings during an internship experience.

Non-college electives - only 1 may be taken for credit toward the minor, and must be approved by the New Media Minor Coordinator.