Mass Communication (MCO)

MCO 402 Communications Law. (3) F, S, SS
Legal aspects of the rights, privileges, and obligations of the press, radio, and television. General studies: L2.

MCO 418 History of Communications. (3) F, S
American journalism from its English and colonial origins to the present day. Development and influence of newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and news gathering agencies. General studies: SB, H.

MCO 430 International Communication. (3) F, S
Comparative study of communication and media systems. Information gathering and dissemination under different political and cultural systems. General studies: G.

MCO 450 Visual Communication. (3) F, S, SS
Theory and tradition of communication through the visual media with emphasis on the continuity of traditions common to modern visual media. General studies: HU.

MCO 456 Political Communication. (3) F, S
Theory and research related to political campaign communication. The persuasive process of political campaigning, the role of the media, the candidate, and image creation. General studies: SB.

MCO 460 Race, Social Change, and Media. (3) S
A readings seminar designed to give students a probing examination of the interface between AHANA Americans and the mass media in the United States. General studies: C.

MCO 463 Introduction to Media Statistics. (3) F, S
An introduction to statistical analysis as applied to the mass media. Prerequisite: professional status in Broadcasting or Journalism.

MCO 501 Newswriting and Reporting. (3) F
Designed for graduate students in the MMC program who have undergraduate degrees in nonjournalism areas. Objective is to teach fundamentals of writing and reporting. Lecture, lab. Prerequisite: acceptance into MMC graduate program.

MCO 503 Press Freedom Theory. (3) S
Examination of philosophical and legal aspects of press freedom. Emphasis on First Amendment theory evolution from 1791 to present.

MCO 510 Research Methodology in Mass Communication. (3) F, S
Identification of research problems in mass communication. Overview of questionnaire construction. Attention to survey, historical, content analysis, experimental, and legal research methods.

MCO 520 Mass Communication Theories and Process. (3) F
Analysis of various theoretic models of mass communication with emphasis on the applications of these theories to various professional communication needs.

MCO 522 Mass Media and Society. (3) S
Mass media as social institutions, particularly interaction with government and public. Emphasis on criticism and normative statements.

MCO 530 Media Ethics. (3) F
Ethical conventions and practices of print and electronic media as they relate to the government and private sectors of the society.

Omnibus Graduate Courses: See omnibus graduate courses that may be offered.

1996–98 Graduate Catalog Table of Contents

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