The undergraduate curriculum of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies is made up of skills courses that focus on the practice of journalism and media production and conceptual courses that teach students to analyze media and media institutions in a democratic society. We stand out among other journalism programs in our emphasis on both theory and practice.
At the undergraduate level, our students learn state-of-the-art writing and production techniques for digital, broadcast and print journalism and media production. Skills courses such as Digital Newswriting and Reporting, Broadcast News Writing and Reporting, Design and Digital Editing, Magazine Writing, Multimedia Sports Reporting and Digital Media Production give students a chance for hands-on expression. Conceptual courses such as Consumer Media Culture, Media and Popular Culture, Media and Politics, Media and Social Change, and Gender, Race and Class in the Media help students understand and critique the role of media in modern life. Students also have the chance earn specializations in sports media and global media and to experience the world outside the United States in JMS courses that offer a study-abroad component.
Full-time faculty in JMS have both practical experience in journalism and research expertise in a variety of areas of media studies. Faculty members have reported, edited and done production work for top media outlets in the tri-state area, across the country and around the world and have produced research published in leading scholarly journals and books. They conduct research in the areas of public culture and digital democracy; social movement media; global, local, and regional cultural production; media history and journalistic production; nationalism, citizenship and identity; media and public policy; and media diversity. The research of our faculty not only broadens the scholarship in the field, but also acts upon our society in transformative ways.
Full-time faculty members also bring their research interests to teaching in the Digital Media track of the Master in Communication and Media program and the School of Communication and Information Ph.D. program. They advise doctoral dissertations and have helped produce new generations of media scholars and professors.
Additionally, the department draws upon a number of highly talented media practitioners, who work in the New York/New Jersey area, as part-time lecturers. The combination of full-time faculty and part-time professional instructors gives students an opportunity to keep up with new practical developments in the field as well as cutting-edge research.
Students seeking employment as practitioners find the many internship opportunities in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to be stepping stones to media careers. Additionally, our theoretical courses prepare students to go on to graduate programs.
The department offers an undergraduate major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, a specialization in Digital Media within the Master of Communication and Media program and provides instruction in Media Studies in the School of Communication and Information doctoral program.