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Mass Communication Minor

School of Journalism & Mass Communication
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2014
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
  • This program requires summer terms.
The minor serves students who wish to study the social, political, economic, and legal aspects of mass communication.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 1 courses before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Students seeking a minor in mass communication must consult the School of Journalism and Mass Communication website at http://sjmc.umn.edu/minors. There are two qualifications for admission: a GPA of 2.5, and a grade of C or better in JOUR 1001. When these criteria have been met, an adviser in Room 110 Murphy Hall will approve a minor program plan.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Course
Note: this course factors into the overall length in credits of the minor.
JOUR 1001 - Introduction to Mass Communication [SOCS, TS] (3.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn a B.A. or a minor in the School of Journalism, but not both.
Minor Courses
JOUR 3004W - Information for Mass Communication [WI] (3.0 cr)
Context Courses
Take at least one JOUR 4xxx or 5xxx context course.
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· JOUR 3005 - Mass Media Effects [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3006 - Visual Communication (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3007 - The Media in American History and Law: Case Studies [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3201 - Principles of Strategic Communication (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3551 - Economics of New Media [TS] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3552 - Internet and Global Society [GP] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3614 - History of Media Communication [HIS, TS] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3615 - History of the Documentary [AH] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3741 - Diversity and Mass Communication [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3745 - Mass Media and Popular Culture [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3771 - Mass Media Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Case Studies [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3775 - Administrative Law and Regulation for Strategic Communication [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3776 - Mass Communication Law (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3796 - Mass Media and Politics (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3991 - Special Topics in Mass Communication: Context (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4251 - Psychology of Advertising (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4272 - Interactive Advertising (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4274W - Advertising in Society [WI] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4551 - New Media and Culture [AH, TS] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4721 - Mass Media and U.S. Society [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4801 - Global Communication (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 4991 - Special Topics in Mass Communication: Context (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5501 - Communication, Public Opinion, and Social Media (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5541 - Mass Communication and Public Health (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5552 - Law of Internet Communications (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5601W - History of Journalism [WI] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5606W - Literary Aspects of Journalism [WI] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5615 - History of the Documentary (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5725 - Management of Media Organizations (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5777 - Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5991 - Special Topics in Mass Communication: Context (3.0 cr)
 
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JOUR 1001 - Introduction to Mass Communication (SOCS, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01664 - Jour 1001/Jour 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Function of mass communication messages/industries. News, advertising, public relations, books, music, film, TV, video games. Technologies of media production. Delivery systems. Political, legal, ethical, social, global aspects of mass communication.
JOUR 3004W - Information for Mass Communication (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Information resources for professional/academic work in mass communication. Techniques for locating, retrieving, appraising, verifying information acquired from public records, libraries, research institutions, databases, Internet, observation, interviews. prereq: Jour major or jour minor or approved BIS/IDIM/ICP program
JOUR 3005 - Mass Media Effects (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Mass media as tools to change beliefs, attitudes, behavior. How/when media has such effects, whether media effects will change as function of trends in media development. Social science perspective of media effects.
JOUR 3006 - Visual Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Visual media, role of images in mass communication. Social, cultural, historical, psychological approaches.
JOUR 3007 - The Media in American History and Law: Case Studies (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Media in socioeconomic-political-technological context of specific historical period. Focus on legal context/ethics questions.
JOUR 3201 - Principles of Strategic Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Preparation for advanced coursework in advertising or public relations. prereq: [3004W or 3004V or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3004W or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3004V], [Jour major or mass comm minor or admitted pre-jour or approved BIS/IDIM/ICP program]
JOUR 3551 - Economics of New Media (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Economic issues related to traditional/new media companies. Emerging communications technologies.
JOUR 3552 - Internet and Global Society (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structure/processes of Internet/global society in comparative context. Internet, via World Wide Web, as ideal site to explore how/why societies come to see world/issues.
JOUR 3614 - History of Media Communication (HIS, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01819
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical perspective on tools of communication from earliest times to present. Impact of new technologies on society.
JOUR 3615 - History of the Documentary (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01357 - Jour 3615/Jour 5615
Typically offered: Every Fall
Invention of photographic media. Truth-value of factual versus fictive representations. Influence of political/economic contexts on form/content. Convergence of distinct realms of media practice. Role of media maker. Documentary photography/film. Screenings of landmark films, photographs.
JOUR 3741 - Diversity and Mass Communication (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Past/present depictions of people of color in movies, literature, radio/TV against anthropological, psychological, sociological knowledge/experience. Personal/political effects of media depictions.
JOUR 3745 - Mass Media and Popular Culture (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01279
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Mass media's role in formation of popular culture/cultural discourse. Prevalent media metaphors, caricatures, stereotypes. Social/commercial pressures influencing media representation.
JOUR 3771 - Mass Media Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Case Studies (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of ethical dilemmas faced by journalists, advertisers, public relations/communications specialists. Case studies, ethical principles/theories, professional codes of ethics.
JOUR 3775 - Administrative Law and Regulation for Strategic Communication (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mass communication law/regulation for professional strategic communicators. Court decisions/regulations affecting legal rights/privileges relevant to advertising, public relations, new media professions.
JOUR 3776 - Mass Communication Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01768 - Jour 3776/Jour 3776H
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Brief historical background, First Amendment rights, basic law of defamation, free press/fair trial, access to news, access to press, privacy, contempt, obscenity, regulation of broadcasting/advertising.
JOUR 3796 - Mass Media and Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis of mass media in politics. Television/electoral campaigns. News coverage vs newsmaking. Free press in democracy.
JOUR 3991 - Special Topics in Mass Communication: Context
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Context course not regularly offered. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
JOUR 4251 - Psychology of Advertising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02033
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Psychological principles, research techniques, applications in advertising/selling. Consumer attitudes/behavior. Psychological mechanisms upon which effectiveness of advertisements/commercials depends.
JOUR 4272 - Interactive Advertising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interactive advertising models. Issues related to creating, measuring, pricing, targeting interactive ads. Interactive ads in global, legal, ethical contexts. prereq: Jour major or mass comm minor or approved BIS/IDIM/ICP program
JOUR 4274W - Advertising in Society (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Forms of regulation. Self-regulation/governmental. Critique of advertising's role in society. Current issues (e.g., stereotyping, political advertising, advertising to children). Ethics in advertising.
JOUR 4551 - New Media and Culture (AH, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
History, theories, social impact of digital/interactive media on culture. How new media, including Internet, mobile devices, websites, applications, social media, may change ways people communicate/distribute/process information.
JOUR 4721 - Mass Media and U.S. Society (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01503 - Jour 4721/Jour 4721H
Typically offered: Every Spring
Economic, political, social determinants of character/content of mass communications in America. Effect, structure, functioning of mass media. Problems, prospects, criticism. Professionalism, technology, reform.
JOUR 4801 - Global Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Structures, processes, consequences of global mass communication. Problems in free flow of information. Roles of international organizations. Mass communication in social, political, economic development. Implications for conflict resolution.
JOUR 4991 - Special Topics in Mass Communication: Context
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Special context topics not regularly offered. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
JOUR 5501 - Communication, Public Opinion, and Social Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories of mass communication, persuasion, attitude change. Functions of mediated communication in formation/diffusion of public opinion about major social/political issues. Social media as tool for measuring/influencing public opinion.
JOUR 5541 - Mass Communication and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00291 - Jour 5541/PubH 6074
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intersection of mass media, public health, behavior. Role of theory in understanding intended/unintended campaign effect. Role of health journalism. Decisions that inform media-based interventions.
JOUR 5552 - Law of Internet Communications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Whether/how/which traditional media laws/regulations apply to Internet. Developing law of communication on Internet, global/ethical issues.
JOUR 5601W - History of Journalism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development of American media from beginnings in Europe to present day. Rise of film/radio/television/Internet. Relation of communications development to political, economic, social trends.
JOUR 5606W - Literary Aspects of Journalism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EngW/Jour 5606
Typically offered: Every Spring
Literary aspects of journalism. American/British writers, past/present. Lectures, discussions, weekly papers, critiques.
JOUR 5615 - History of the Documentary
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01357 - Jour 3615/Jour 5615
Typically offered: Every Fall
Social history of photography, film, video. Informational, documentary, propaganda, entertainment functions of visual communication. Rise/influence of visual media industries/public-image making.
JOUR 5725 - Management of Media Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to concepts/principles of media management. Strategic planning, leadership, organizational strategies, ethical/legal issues. Working in teams. Balance sheets, income statements. Motivating/promoting people.
JOUR 5777 - Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01143
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Legal/constitutional derivation of freedom of press/speech. Emphasizes case law, statutes, judicial theories. Leading cases in privacy torts, prior restraints, news gathering/dissemination. Access to courts/government, including via Internet. Legal-research techniques. prereq: Jour major or jour minor or approved BIS/IDIM/ICP program
JOUR 5991 - Special Topics in Mass Communication: Context
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Special context topics not regularly offered. Topics specified in Class Schedule.