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The following is an overview of courses associated with this minor. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Core Courses:
ENG 240 Advanced Composition

A writing workshop designed to help students improve their ability to write clear, unified and interesting prose and to refine their appreciation and understanding of the English language. The course stresses the writing process and how to apply writing strategies effectively to a range of writing tasks, including argumentation, analysis, and researchsupported essays. Also addresses issues of style, grammar, mechanics and usage.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in IDS 112.

JMC 200 Basic Reporting

Observing, reporting and writing under deadline. Story types and structures, research, writing styles and interviewing, in addition to media law and ethics.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: IDS 111 or instructor permission.

JMC 210 Basic Reporting II

A continuation of Basic Reporting I, advancing professional writing skills in print and all other media, including beat reporting and investigative/critical thinking skills.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in IDS 111 and JMC 200.

JMC 290 Practicum in Newspaper

Guided practical on-campus experience in mass communication production. No more than six semester hours will count toward graduation for Journalism and Mass Communication majors.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
1–6 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Instructor permission.

JMC 305 Publication Design

Readings, discussions and practice in publication design, in print and online publications. Conceiving and executing finished layouts and graphics. Appropriate software exploration. ART 311 may substitute for this course.

Fall Semester, even years.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Service Learning and Creative Experience requirements.
Prerequisites: JMC 200 or 290.

JMC 310 Editing

Critiquing and editing copy for print and broadcast. Focusing on accuracy (fact checking), grammar and layout.

Fall Semester, odd years.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Service Learning requirement.
Prerequisites: JMC 200 or instructor permission.

Complete One:
ENG 145 Introduction to Creative Writing

Guided assignments for beginning writers in drama, fiction and poetry. Features stressed are plot, point of view and imagery. Creative Experience courses offer hands-on experience—students are actively engaged in the creative process.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

ENG 249 Creative Non-Fiction Writing

An introductory course in creative writing which applies the literary qualities of fiction and poetry to non-fiction essays. Through journals, drafting, and revision, students will construct reflective essays on the lived experiences which have the most meaning for them.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

ENG 251 Travel Writing

A travel-based, experiential course, studying various forms of travel writing with an emphasis on the writing process. In-class exercises, workshops, guided assignments, projects and presentations. Note: Travel may be required for the course involving expenses in addition to course tuition.

Intensive Learning Term, even years.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience and Global Diversity requirements.

Complete One:
ENG 245 Fiction Writing I

Writing short stories, from the basics to the finer points. In-class exercises, guided assignments and free projects. Creative Experience courses offer hands on experience— students are actively engaged in the creative process.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

ENG 247 Poetry Writing I

Writing poetry of many types. Workshop setting with sharing students’ works; attention to the poetic process. Creative Experience courses offer hands-on experience— students are actively engaged in the creative process.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

Complete One:
ENG 345 Fiction Writing II

Writing short stories, from the basics to the finer points. In-class exercises, guided assignments and free projects. Creative Experience courses offer hands-on experience— students are actively engaged in the creative process.

As announced.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ENG 245.

ENG 347 Poetry Writing II

Writing poetry of many types. Workshop setting with sharing students’ works; attention to the poetic process. Creative Experience courses offer hands-on experience— students are actively engaged in the creative process.

As announced.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ENG 247.

Complete Two:
JMC 290 Practicum in Literary Journal

Guided practical on-campus experience in mass communication production. No more than six semester hours will count toward graduation for Journalism and Mass Communication majors.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
1–6 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Instructor permission.

JMC 290 Practicum in Newspaper

Guided practical on-campus experience in mass communication production. No more than six semester hours will count toward graduation for Journalism and Mass Communication majors.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
1–6 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Instructor permission.

JMC 290 Practicum in Broadcast/Video

Guided practical on-campus experience in mass communication production. No more than six semester hours will count toward graduation for Journalism and Mass Communication majors.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
1–6 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Instructor permission.

Recommended Electives:
CS 116 Web Design and Development

Students will learn basic HTML scripting, use of Web editors to create various styles of Web pages (single and multipage sites, online forms, CSS, etc.), management of Web sites and use of animated Web programming. CS 116 does not count toward a major or minor in Computer Science.

Fall and Spring Semesters. 3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

JMC 240 Photography and Visual Communication

Planning, taking, and editing photographs and visuals for mass communication. Includes the impact of photo and visual selection and layout as well as ethical decisions facing visual communicators. Students must provide materials and have a digital camera.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

JMC 390 Internship

Professional experience with any appropriate communications-oriented organization. Proposed and initiated by student with approval from faculty adviser, department chair and prospective employer. Pass or Fail grade.

Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters.
3–15 semester hours.
Prerequisites: JMC 101 or chairperson permission.

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