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Everything you need to know about the International Media Program in under 3 minutes.

In an increasingly shrinking world, it is vital for communicators to understand diverse societies and cultures, their media and communication systems, and the links between communication and social development in different world regions.

The Master of Arts in International Media offers students a unique opportunity to be prepared to operate in this dynamic global media environment by learning international communication theory and research while at the same time developing professional production skills.  Students take concurrent courses in the School of Communication and School of International Service that emphasize strategic communication, research methods, international communication and global media.  Hands-on courses are designed to hone students’ writing skills over a broad range of media, and production classes will introduce them to such areas as filmmaking, digital imaging, Web design, photography, and public communication writing.  The graduate program requires completion of 45 credit hours and is designed to be completed on a full-time basis. Students generally enroll in 9 credit hours during each fall and spring semester and often also take classes during the summer sessions. Students must undertake a 6-credit capstone or research requirement.

International media graduates will be prepared to pursue careers as communication managers and strategists for U.S and international public, private and not-for-profile organizations, as well as being equipped to work in the areas of public relations and international development.

Courses for the 2012 – 2013 Academic Year include:


Required courses (12 credits)
SIS 640 International Communication
COMM 549 Topics in International Media  


AND CHOOSE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING THREE COURSES:

SIS 645 International Communication and Cultural Policy
SIS 644 Communication and Social Economic Development
COMM 640 Principles of Strategic Communication* ~ 

*(Students who take COMM 640 as part of the core curriculum must take either SIS 628 Global Innovations Without Frontiers: Cultural, Social and Political Dimensions or SIS 644 Communication and Social Economic Development as an SIS elective) 

~ (Students who take COMM 640 as part of the core curriculum and who complete the Research/Capstone Requirement in SOC may choose only one SOC elective).

PROFESSIONAL COURSES (6 credits)

COMM 688 Media Writing (offered fall only)
COMM 638 Production Practicum (offered spring only)

METHODS REQUIREMENT (6 credits)

SIS 600 International Affairs Statistics & Methods (to be taken first spring semester)
COMM 738 Public Communication Research Methods (to be taken second fall semester)

RESEARCH/CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT (In-lieu of thesis) (6 credits)

COMM 710 Seminar in Public Affairs (offered fall only) and COMM 691 Internship
COMM 744 Public Communication Seminar offered spring only) and COMM 691 Internship
SIS 795 Master’s Research /SRP and SIS 691 Internship

For students whose home school is SOC:
COMM 796 Capstone Seminar in International Media (to be taken final spring semester)
and
COMM 691 Internship  

For students whose home school is SIS:
SIS 795 Master's Research Requirement
and
SIS 691 Internship

ELECTIVES AND CONCENTRATION (15 CREDITS) INCLUDING 6 CREDIT HOURS FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCENTRATIONS (IC OR SOC)

SOC electives (6 credits) **may include:

Theoretical

COMM 511 History of Documentary
COMM 512 Social Documentary
COMM 516 Topics in Film and Media Arts
COMM 517 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
COMM 527 History of Photography
COMM 531 Political Communication
COMM 535 Special Topics in News Media
COMM 539 International Public Relations
COMM 541 Media Relations
COMM 544 Foreign Correspondence
COMM 546 Foreign Policy and the Press
COMM 548 Global Journalism
COMM 735 Communication Theory

SIS 628   Advanced Topics in International Communication (1- 3) (approved topics)
SIS 633   International Communication Skills Institutes (1 - 3) (up to 3 credit hours of approved topics)

Students who take COMM-640 Principles of Strategic Communication for the Core must take either SIS-628 Global Innovations Without Frontiers: Cultural, Social and Political Dimensions or SIS-644 Communications and Social Economic Development as an elective.

International Communication (IC) (6 credits):

Professional

COMM 521 Opinion Writing
COMM 567 Communication and Social Change
COMM 630 Principles of Photography
COMM 631 Film and Video Production I
COMM 635 Introduction to Studio Television
COMM 644 Public Communication Writing
COMM 650 Digital Imaging and Design
COMM 652 Web Studio

** (Students who take COMM 640 as part of the core curriculum and who complete the Research/Capstone Requirement in SOC may choose only one SOC elective).

9 Additional Credit Hours in approved elective courses NOTE: Degree will be awarded by the school in which student has successfully completed 24 credits. Students may take no more than 24 credits in either SIS or SOC to fulfill degree requirements.

Capstone Report: 3 to 5 page report discussing the importance of the capstone project to the field of International Media.

Foreign Language Requirement: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language.