Studies in Journalism and Technical Communication blend the knowledge of communication practices and technology. Course work focuses on the development of reader-centered, content-driven information products produced in various areas of concentration including video production, interactive media production, mobile and social media communication, and technical writing and editing.
The department offers a B.S. degree in Technical Communication with four concentration areas:
Each individual concentration teaches theory, concepts, and practical applications that can be employed in various areas of business, industry, government, and the media production field. With the exception of the two extended major options, all students must complete a minor.
Upon completion of a degree program in technical communication, students should be able to:
Each Technical Communication concentration also has individual assessment components that range from specialized project evaluation to embedded test questions. This data is collected and evaluated on a yearly basis.
The journalism program prepares students for careers in traditional and convergent media. A solid education is offered in the basics of journalism with B.A. degree earned in the emphases of Convergent Journalism, News & Editorial, Magazines, and Public Relations. Students may also choose from two Journalism minors - Convergent Journalism minor or the Public Relations minor.
The journalism faculty are academic and working professionals who offer a real-world education in the tenets of journalism; accuracy, truth, fairness, acting independently and minimizing harm. Instructors also teach rigorous courses of First Amendment case studies and ethical issues that prepare students for careers in both print and electronic newsrooms and public relations firms.
The overarching program goal is to produce students ready to work in the Journalism industry. Students graduate with fundamental skills in news gathering and writing, and copy and content editing. They have been instructed in the legal environment of Journalism. They have been exposed to ethical decision making in Journalism.
Journalism student knowledge is assessed in two classes: JRN 1010 – Introduction to Journalism and Mass Media and JRN 4500 – Ethical and Legal Issues in Journalism. The following outcomes are measured through embedded test questions in the two courses:
Computer skills are required of all students majoring, minoring, or enrolled in a certificate program in the department. Students can meet this requirement by: