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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Courses

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/masscom/studentinfo/courses.html

110 (4) Introduction to Mass Media
Nature, functions and responsibilities of the media in contemporary society.
GE-9, CD-Related
Fall, Spring

112 (2) Mass Media and Children
Course will examine the role of mass media in children's lives.  Media will be examined as educator, image-maker, entertainer and messenger of violence.
Summer 

221 (4) Basic Writing for Mass Media
Basic techniques of gathering information and writing readable and accurate media stories.
Pre: ENG 101, MASS 110
Fall, Spring

233 (4) Public Relations Principles
Survey of current practices and problems in the field of public relations. Emphasizes successful case histories and planning techniques.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

260 (4) Principles of Visual Mass Media  
Exploraton of the basic principles of visual media design, stressing the significance of images in a mass media society.  Special focus on contextualizing historical and technological changes affecting image production for mass media. 
Fall, Spring                                                            

290 (1-4) Selected Topics in Mass Communications
Selected topics in mass communications.
Pre: MASS 221 or consent
Variable

312 (4) Mass Media Law
Principles of the First Amendment, libel, fair trial, privacy, access to news, pornography and regulation of radio and television.
Pre: MASS 221, POL 111
Fall, Spring

325 (4) Media Reporting and Editing
Discussion of and practice in reporting about public affairs and social issues, plus examination of copy editing and headline writing for traditional and new media. 
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

330 (4) Writing for Online Multimedia
Reporting, writing and packaging news for online audiences with an emphasis on multimedia platforms; includes evaluation of news sites and critical consideration of best practices, and economic, ethical and legal issues.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

334 (4) Writing and Speaking for Broadcast
Planning, writing and delivering of broadcast news.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

340 (4) Mass Media Research
This course introduces students to the concepts, approaches and tools for gathering and analyzing information in mass media research.  Students will become acquainted with and effectively use the terminology and concepts used in mass media research. 
Pre:  MASS 221
Variable

351 (4) Digital Imaging for Mass Media
Instruction in the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques and applications of digital imaging in mass media.  Development of the basic skills necessary to design, create, manage and distribute photographic and video digital images in mass media communication.  Students must provide own camera equipment.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

360 (4) Digital Design for Mass Media
Practicum in typography, design layout and production processes, including job budgeting and estimating for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, brochures, posters, annual reports, direct mail and related print materials. Emphasis on graphic-design software.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

411 (4) Mass Media Ethics and Press Criticism
Study, analysis and criticism of the mass media, their ethics and performance.
Pre: MASS 221
Fall, Spring

412 (4) Mass Media History
Study of people and events that have shaped the American press.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

431 (4) Freelancing for Mass Media
Marketing and writing of non-fiction articles for print and electronic magazines.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

434 (4) Public Relations Writing
Practical skill in the development of public relations writing including news releases, brochures, PSA's, pitch letters, annual reports.
Pre:  MASS 221 and MASS 233
Variable

436 (4) Specialized Writing
Techniques and practicum in writing of features, reviews, editorials, opinion columns and other specialized fields for print and electronic media.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable

450 (4) Strategic Communication Case Studies
Exploration of historic and contemporary examples of strategic public relations successes and failures.  Analysis of public relations practices related to these cases, including planning, communication, evaluation exercises and management responsibilities.
Pre: MASS 221 and 233
Variable

498 (4) Mass Media Internship
Practical mass media experience in a professional setting.
Pre:  MASS 221, 312, 411 plus two additional 300/400-level MASS courses, one of which must be MASS 325, 330, 334, 431, 434 or 436
Variable

499 (1-2) Individual Study in Mass Media
Directed research on a mass media topic chosen by the student.
Pre: MASS 221
Variable