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Media, Journalism & Film

Department of Media, Journalism and Film 


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Mark Biggs. Acting Department Head

Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5218
Fax: 417-836-4637
Email: MJF@missouristate.edu
http://mjf.missouristate.edu

Academic Programs

The Department offers the following majors: a B.S. in Media (in Digital Film Production and Media Production); a B.S. in Journalism (Print or Broadcast); and a B.S. or B.A. in Media Operations, Media Studies, and Film Studies.  In addition, the Department offers a B.S.  in Electronic Arts , an interdisciplinary program  with majors in Multimedia Design, Audio Studies, and Video Studies. Minors are avalable in Film Studies, Journalism, Mass Media, and Screenwriting.  A certificate is offered in Writing for Television and Film.

Facilities

The Department of Media, Journalism & Film office is located in Craig Hall. The department operates an instructional television studio, a music recording studio, a radio production lab, AVID and ProTools post-production editing suites, a print journalism lab, a broadcast journalism lab, and a multimedia production lab. The department oversees the student-run web radio station, The Growl; the student newspaper, The Standard; and the University Film Series.

Faculty

The department has 12 full-time faculty, many of whom have extensive professional experience in broadcast journalism, print journalism and film production.

Admission to the Major

To become a major, all students must meet the following criteria: 1) complete all general educational core classes. 2) have a combined GPA of 2.25 or higher across all class work. 3) have a 3.0 GPA or higher across the departmental core composed of MED 120, MED 204, and one of the following: MED 365 (production majors), MED 274 (film, media studies or operations majors), or JRN 270 (print or broadcast journalism majors).

Degree Options

Students majoring in Media, Journalism & Film will select courses from the following degree options. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at http://www.MissouriState.edu/catalog for specific course descriptions and degree requirements. 

Media (BS, Comprehensive)

In addition to the 6-hour departmental core, the 21-hour media core  and 9 hours of approved electives, media comprehensive majors must take required hours from one of two options, Digital Film Production (15 hours) or Media Production (15 hours). 

Departmental Core (6 hours):

  • MED 120: Mass Media and Society
  • MED 204: Survey of Mass Media Theory

Media Core (21 hours):

  • MED 274: Introduction to Film
  • MED 325: History of Broadcasting
  • MED 365: Media Design and Production
  • MED 454: Media Analysis and Criticism
  • MED 581: Issues in Media Ethics
  • JRN 270: Introduction to Journalism
  • JRN 407: Media Law

Digital Film Production Option (15 hours):

  • MED 374: History of Film I or MED 375: History of Film II
  • MED 361: Introduction to Sound Recording
  • MED 461: Sound Editing and Mixing
  • MED 465: Principles of Cinematography and Editing
  • MED 561: Sound Design or MED 562: Electronic Field Production
  • MED 565: Scriptwriting

Electives: Select 3 classes (9 hours) from:

  • MED 300: Special Topics in Media
  • MED 361:Introduction to Sound Recording
  • MED 461: Sound Editing and Mixing
  • MED 462: TV/Film Producing
  • MED 374: History of Film I or MED 375 History of Film II
  • MED 492: Independent Study in Electronic Media
  • MED 561: Sound Design
  • MED 562: Electronic Field Production
  • MED 570: Film Theory
  • MED 595: Media Internship
  • MED 597: Advanced Studies in Media

Media Production (6 hours)

  • MED 381: Broadcast Writing
  • MED 382: Radio Production or MED 383: Television Production

Electives: Select 3 courses (9 hours):

  • MED 290: Introduction to Media Design
  • MED 361:Introduction to Sound Recording
  • MED 382: Radio Production
  • MED 383: Television Production
  • MED 384: Internet Radio Practicum
  • MED 390: Website Design and Construction
  • MED 462: TV/Film Producing
  • MED 490: Multimedia Interactivity Design
  • MED 492: Independent Study in Electronic Media
  • MED 583: Producing and Directing for Television
  • MED 595: Media Internshp
  • JRN 284: Broadcast Performance

3 Advisor-approved courses ( 9 hours)

Media (BA/BS Non-Comprehensive)

All non-comprehensive majors must complete the 6-hour departmental core and the 21-hour media core plus requirements for the option, for a total of 39 hours. All non-comprehensive majors must complete a minor from either inside or outside the department. BA candidates must also meet the specific requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree outlined in the undergraduate catalog. NOTE: Minors must not have courses that are duplicated in the major.

Departmental Core:

  • MED 120: Mass Media and Society
  • MED 204: Survey of Mass Media Theory

Media Core:

  • MED 274: Introduction to Film
  • MED 325: History of Broadcasting
  • MED 365: Media Design and Production
  • MED 454: Media Analysis and Criticism
  • MED 581: Issues in Media Ethics
  • JRN 270: Introduction to Journalism
  • JRN 407: Media Law

A. Film Studies Option (12 hours):

  • MED 374: History of Film I
  • MED 375: History of Film II
  • MED 470: Special Topics in Film
  • MED 570: Film Studies

B. Media Studies Option (12 hours):

12 hours of MED or JRN electives chosen in consultation with your advisor.

C. Media Operations Option (12 hours):

  • MED 320 Understanding the Broadcast Industry
  • MED 598 Seminar in Broadcast Management
  • MKT 350 Principles of Marketing
  • MKT 352 Personal Selling

Journalism (BS, Non-Comprehensive)

In addition to the 6-hour departmental core, journalism majors must complete the journalism core and one of the two options outlined below, plus a minor from outside the department.

Department Core:

  • MED 120: Mass Media and Society
  • MED 204: Survey of Mass Media Theory

Journalism Core:

  • JRN 270: Introduction to Journalism
  • JRN 407: Media Law
  • JRN 595: Journalism Internship
  • MED 454: Media Analysis and Criticism
  • MED 581: Media Ethics

Broadcast Journalism Option:

  • JRN 284: Broadcast Performance
  • JRN 381: Broadcast News Writing
  • JRN 388: Electronic News Gathering
  • JRN 481: Broadcast News Reporting
  • MED 365: Media Design and Production
  • MED 382: Radio Production or
  • MED 383: TV Production

Print Journalism Option:

  • JRN 370: News Reporting and Writing
  • JRN 572: Public Affairs Reporting
  • JRN 476: Newspaper Editing

Nine hours of JRN courses other than JRN 595 chosen with approval of advisor but no more than 6 hours of JRN 300.

Minors

Film Studies (BA/BS)
Journalism (BA/BS)
Mass Media (BA/BS)
Screenwriting (BA/BS/BFA)

Certificates (Undergraduate Certificate)

Screenwriting