B.A. Journalism and Public Relations
Courses

120 credit hours
98% career outcome rate
1 degree option

Journalism and Public RelationsFeatured Courses

As a student in the journalism and public relations major at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the journalism and public relations profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various journalism and public relations careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Journalism and Public RelationsSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
15
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 2

GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
15
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 3

ART 235
Digital Photography
Explores photography as an art form. Development of a critical eye for photography through historical and cultural context, as well as in-class group critiques. An introduction to technical and creative strategies such as exposure, lighting, color, perspective, and editing. A focus on thematic and conceptual projects that require students to challenge how they see and understand the world through a lens.
3
credits
ENG 221
Intermediate Writing
A course designed to allow students to experiment with three types of writing: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Includes study and application of research related to peer writing groups and the process of writing.
3
credits
CTA 241
Media Literacy
Studies in print and electronic media, particularly how to discern the credibility and influence of information that affects the individual and society. Research projects and student media presentations enable the student to explore and experience techniques of mass media and assess their impact.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 4

CTA 203
Communication Theory
Course features an overview of communication theory from the classical tradition to current theoretical approaches in human communication. In addition, the course will offer in-depth study in the following areas: organizational communication, mass communication theory, interpersonal communication and group theory/persuasion. Location, analysis and application of research is a focus of the course.
3
credits
CTA 225
Writing and Reporting
Students will learn about the principles and techniques of news gathering and writing by reporting on stories of interest to the campus community. Students will also explore ethical guidelines and legal issues of contemporary journalism.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 5

CTA 301
Public Relations
An exploration of the diverse field of public relations, as it is practiced in large corporations, small businesses, educational institutions and church-related organizations. Students will examine the role, methods and ethical considerations of the profession.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 6

CTA 211
Public Speaking
Students develop fundamental skills in the art of public speaking through the preparation and presentation of speeches designed for a variety of occasions, audiences, and situations. Skills of organization, delivery, and speech criticism developed.
3
credits
CTA 242
Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
Students will learn about principles and techniques of preparing news programming for radio and television. Students will explore ethical and legal issues unique to broadcast journalism.
3
credits
CTA 327
Advanced Writing and Reporting
A deeper exploration of the topics introduced in CTA 225. Students will study several areas of news coverage and produce stories for the campus newspaper or other publications.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 7

CTA 296
Journalism Practicum
Working on the staff of the student newspaper, students will utilize their reporting, writing, design and/or photographic skills. The course is required for the Journalism/Public Relations emphasis in the Communication major and for the Journalism and Public Relations minor.
1
credits
CTA 300
Placement Seminar
The course includes resume and portfolio creation, attendance at professional placement seminars, mock interviews, meetings with field professionals and internship applications and searches.
1
credits
CTA 400
Communication Research
An overview of the methodological approaches to communication research. Students will conduct and present and original research project. Topics include: types of research questions, approaches, philosophy of knowledge, and structure of research. Required for all communication majors.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
11

Semester 8

CTA 226
Journalistic Editing and Design
Students will learn basic techniques and principles of news editing including digital copy editing. In addition, students will learn basic techniques and principles for designing newspapers, newsletters and other print products, working in a computer laboratory setting.
3
credits
CTA 399
Independent Study
Topic, instructor and hours by arrangement. May be used to pursue special interests in any of the communication major emphases.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
15
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Journalism and Public Relations Faculty

As experts in journalism and public relations, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom.

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