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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Black and White Photography (SAR 135)

Introduction to the camera, film developing, enlargement, and printing; emphasis on developing skills to produce the “classic "print. Satisifies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

Digital Imaging I (SAR 180)

Study of theory and hands-on application of digital image creation and manipulation. Emphasis on the study of Adobe Photoshop software. Satisifies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester; fall, spring, and summer ADP sessions. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Graphic Design II (SAR 390)

Study of HTML, Web design,Web editor,Web animation, digital image editing for the Web. Prerequisite: SAR180. Fall semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Communication Theory (SCA 100)

An overview of the theoretical foundations and principles of the communication process. Emphasis on how theory guides decisions in communication problem-solving, the design and development of information resources, and the influence, challenge, and power of the mass media and social media to effect change. Fall semester. 3 credits.

Integrated Marketing Communication (SCA 195)

Introduction to principles and techniques of integrated marketing communication and the use of information technologies to influence consumer behavior and change through advertising, public relations, media relations, promotional activities, direct marketing, data mining, and branding; examination of communication channel selection and message development. Spring semester and ADP session 3. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Advocacy Media for Social Change (SCA 310)

Students critically examine the philosophical foundations and principles of communication and social advocacy to engage the news media, help organize a community, and influence action. Topics include: the social activist and community outreach; leveraging social networks; power, powerlessness, and empowerment; contextual analysis, problem identification, and power mapping; lobbying, leadership, and coalition-building; advocacy journalism; and assessment strategies. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Introduction to Literary Study (SEL 150)

Introduction to reading, research, grammar, and writing in the study of literature. Emphasis on literary forms, research tools, and the vocabulary of literary study. Practice in writing the literary essay. English majors take this course during their freshman or sophomore year. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Media Lab (SEL 200)

Course through which students may earn credit for working on the Setonian ( student newspaper) and its online counterpart. Meets for one hour per week, with an additional production lab for each issue (4 or 5 times per semester). Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0-1 credit.

Newswriting (SEL 227)

Study of the roles of the journalist in society, the types of journalism, the newsgathering process, and journalism history. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Writing for the Internet (SEL 236)

Surveys the forms of online writing, including text messaging, e-mail, message boards, weblogs, web pages, and wikis. Students create or contribute to such texts, examine the conventions that have developed for each form (in social and professional contexts), and reflect upon their cultural significance. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Writing about Literature (SEL 237)

This course teaches students to apply college writing skills to the discipline of English, with particular emphasis in the researched essay. Students read a wide variety of primary texts and interpret them through writing, revision, and literary theory. English and journalism majors should take this course in the fall semester of the sophomore year. Writing Intensive course. Fall semester. Prerequisites: SEL106 or SEL107, and SEL150, grade of C or better. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Publication Workshop (SEL 331)

Provides strategies and methods of writing for publication for diverse markets in journalism and creative writing. Topics include freelancing as a business, researching the marketplace, the editorial process, and coping with rejection. New material is critiqued in collaborative peer groups. Writing is submitted for publication. Prerequisite: SEL227, SEL231, SEL232, SEL233, or SEL236. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Juniors and seniors only. 3 credits.

Topics in Media Aesthetics (SEL 335)

Students learn and apply a variety of critical methods for understanding and evaluating aesthetic criteria in media. Depending on the topic, the course may cover television, film, the Internet, or any one of several other contemporary or emerging media. Prerequisite: SEL237. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Topics in Media & Culture (SEL 336)

Examines one or more issues in depth that result from the interplay of cultural forces and contemporary media. The course may focus on specific media, tracing their development and interaction in contemporary society, or it may begin with an issue and deal with the ways in which media treat and shape issues. Prerequisite: SAR110, SLA201, SHY221, or SMU272. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

New Media Projects (SEL 405)

Direction and support for the development of independent new media projects. Projects might include an online work of journalism such as a photo-documentary with voice-over narrative, a virtual reality illustration or simulation, or a traditional academic research paper examining an issue relevant to new media journalism and published in final form as hypertext. Prerequisites: SEL227, SEL236, and SEL335 or SEL336. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Internship (SEL 430)

Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit.

3 Credits.

Introduction to Global Studies (SPS 105)

Surveys current world and domestic events, reading and analyzing using a variety of newspapers and news magazines available online, in various sites. Students follow the news generally and select one or more issues for independent research and presentation. Fall semester, even numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Public Opinion and Propaganda (SPS 228)

A critical examination of public opinion and political influence, emphasizing the increasingly important role of the media and mass communications in shaping expectations about what is desirable and/or possible in contemporary politics. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

View courses and full requirements for this program in the current course catalog.

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