Degree Options Overview
The Department of Journalism and Technical (JTC) supports the mission of the College by providing a high quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers in a multicultural, global and technological society. As a component of the College of Professional Studies, the Department shares the mission of the College in serving the community as a living laboratory.
Studies in Journalism and Technical Communication blend the knowledge of communication practices and technology. Course work focuses on the development of reader-centered, content-driven information products produced in various areas of concentration including video production, interactive media production, mobile and social media communication, and technical writing and editing.
Bachelor of Art - Journalism
The journalism program prepares students for careers in traditional and convergent media. A solid education is offered in the basics of journalism with B.A. degree earned in the emphases of Convergent Journalism, Magazines, Public Relations, and Social Documentary. Students may also choose from two Journalism minors - Convergent Journalism minor or the Public Relations minor.
The journalism faculty are academic and working professionals who offer a real-world education in the tenets of journalism; accuracy, truth, fairness, acting independently and minimizing harm. Instructors also teach rigorous courses of First Amendment case studies and ethical issues that prepare students for careers in both print and electronic newsrooms and public relations firms.
The overarching program goal is to produce students ready to work in the Journalism industry. Students graduate with fundamental skills in news gathering and writing, and copy and content editing. They have been instructed in the legal environment of Journalism. They have been exposed to ethical decision making in Journalism.
Journalism student knowledge is assessed in two classes: JRN 1010 – Introduction to Journalism and Mass Media and JRN 4500 – Ethical and Legal Issues in Journalism. The following outcomes are measured through embedded test questions in the two courses:
- Students evaluate the ethics of journalists’ actions using at least two paradigms for ethical action.
- Students demonstrate knowledge of freedoms contained in the 1st Amendment.
- Students describe the importance of free expression.
Bachelor of Science - Technical Communication
The department offers a B.S. degree in Technical Communication with five concentration areas:
- interactive media production
- mobile and social media
- technical writing and editing
- video and media production
- extended major option
Each individual concentration teaches theory, concepts, and practical applications that can be employed in various areas of business, industry, government, and the media production field. With the exception of the two extended major options, all students must complete a minor.
Upon completion of a degree program in technical communication, students should be able to:
- Communicate knowledge of the field both orally and in writing.
- Relate technical communication principles from their selected areas of concentration.
- Apply theory and principles in a practical manner to their areas of concentration.
- Conduct research, synthesize technical information and write in the appropriate format of their concentration.
- Present technical information in a media or interactive media format suitable to their areas of concentration.
- Produce or oversee the production of technical information in a media or interactive media format suitable to their area of concentration.
Each Technical Communication concentration also has individual assessment components that range from specialized project evaluation to embedded test questions. This data is collected and evaluated on a yearly basis.
Computer Skill Requirement
Computer skills are required of all students majoring, minoring, or enrolled in a certificate program in the department. Students can meet this requirement by:
- providing documentary evidence at the time they see their department advisor of previous satisfactory completion of an academic or industrial training course in computer literacy and document processing.
- successful completion with a grade of “C” or better of an approved MSU Denver course in CIS or CSS in the semester following the declaration of their major, minor, or enrolling in a certificate program. The department advisor will work with the student to select the most appropriate course for the student’s academic needs.