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Know what to expect in class before you even register. You'll take courses in media law, writing, digital production and more. Read through the course description to get an idea of what you'll learn and required prerequisite classes you need to take. You can also view course descriptions by logging in to your Ramlink account.

MCO-1302 Mass Media & Society

Scope, process, problems, criticisms, history, organization and operation of the media. Use of media literacy and news literacy as a field of study to help improve societal consumption of news, media functions and analysis of the media through a critical thinking process.

MCO-1303 Writing Across Media

Prerequisite: C in ENG 1301 and enrollment in ENG 1302. Fundamentals of structuring and presenting information in written form for the mass media with a specific focus on writing and presenting information that fits the correct medium. Emphasis on language usage in a converged journalism setting.

MCO-2200 Practicum

Prerequisite: C in ENG 1301, 1302; MCO 1302, MCO 1303 or concurrent enrollment. To provide critically thinking, motivated students with practical experience in mass communication industries through participation in the work of Rambler Media Group entities. This is a practical workshop in which students contribute to Rambler Media Group as content producers, account executives, editors, directors, designers, and photographers as relevant to the particular medium. Students are encouraged to discover and develop a specialty. May be repeated for credit.

MCO-2320 Darkroom Photography

Especially designed for any major.Offers experiences using 35mm film cameras, a brief overview of select historic and contemporary photographers, and printing photographs in darkroom. Meets 3 hours per week, though some work will occur outside the classroom. No camera required. Art studio fee applies.

MCO-2342 Communication & Rhetoric

Prerequisites: C in ENG 1301 and ENG 1302; C in MCO 1303. Writing for mass media using well-developed and grammatically correct sentences that tell a vivid story. Incorporation of the rhetorical principles of clarity, conciseness, precise language, style, and arrangement. It will use the AP Style manual to guide grammar, spelling, social media references, attribution, and editing.

MCO-2345 Integrated Media Reporting

Prerequisite: C in ENG 1301, 1302, C in MCO 1303. Fundamentals for use of digital tools in reporting for Internet news sites and other online media. The focus is on using digital tools to gather audio and visual material that helps to tell the story accurately for the correct media outlet.

MCO-2399 Special Topics

MCO-2408 Digital Production

Prerequisite: ENG 1301, 1302 and MCO 1303; may be concurrently enrolled Basics of audio production and video production to comply with current industry standards.

MCO-3310 Advanced Digital Production

Prerequisite: MCO 2408. Use advanced techniques in the creation of digital content. Students will use industry-standard equipment and software to create digital content that effectively targets a tailored audience.

MCO-3316 Feature Writing and Production

Prerequisite: MCO 1303, 2342, 2345, and 2408. Methods of gathering material, recognizing ideas, and writing narrative non-fiction stories and background material for newspapers, magazines, online, newsletters and in public relations settings. Focus on the ability to turn a written feature into a digital production using industry-standard equipment and techniques.

MCO-3320 Digital Design and Editing

Prerequisite: MCO 1302, 1303, 2342, 2345, and 2408; FAR 2322. Copy editing and rewriting of headlines, cutlines, design, layout and proofreading for the print media and online media outlets, including social media and websites.

MCO-3346 Advertising Copywrit

Techniques of writing, visualization, and production of print and electronic media advertisements.

MCO-3351 Survey of Pub Relati

Techniques and practices of public relations in industry, commerce, government, and non-profit fields.

MCO-3399 Special Topics

MCO-4300 Internship

Prerequisite: ENG 1301 and 1302; MCO 2200; Junior or senior standing and permission of the department chair. Supervised employment and field study/work in mass communication-related entity in an off-campus setting preferred. You must work a minimum of 120 hours during the semester.

MCO-4301 Communica Laws & Ethics

Study of the current standards and responsibilities of public communication in the mass media and related industries. Study of laws relating to print and digital media and government regulation. Review of laws regarding public relations and advertising industries.

MCO-4318 Intl & Intercultural Communica

Study of the concepts, theories, and processes of mass media and mass communication in the world, with particular emphasis on government-media and communication relationships. Study of communication within and across cultures.

MCO-4346 Pub Rela Campgn/Prog

Prerequisite: MCO 3351. Case studies in advanced public relations, with emphasis on problem prevention and correction, crisis management and long-range planning. Focus on client relations and use of standard public relations processes and techniques in creation of strategic public relations campaigns.

MCO-4350 Integrated Marketing Communica

MCO-4399 Digital Design and Editing

Special Topics for Mass Comm

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