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Specialization in Media Law and Ethics (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS20)The Media School

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Specialization requirements

The specialization requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Media Law and Ethics. Three (3) courses from the following:
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101. History and philosophy of laws pertaining to free press and free speech. Censorship, libel, contempt, obscenity, right of privacy, copyright, government regulations, and laws affecting the Internet and social media. Stresses responsibilities and freedoms in a democratic communications systems. Credit given for only one of JOUR-H 300, JOUR-J 300, MSCH-H 300, or MSCH-J 300. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-H 300, or MSCH-J 300; and at least junior standing. Study of law relating to media content and production. Advanced examination of the rights of journalists in the American legal system and their role in an evolving media environment. Research using primary legal materials. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 407 or MSCH-J 407. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-H 300, or MSCH-J 300; and senior standing. Examines functions and influences of news and public relations professionals in a networked society with primary focus on the United States. Analyzes professional and ethical values of journalists and public relations practicioners working in a digital, participatory media environment. Critical analysis of the relationship of media institutions and society, and the effects of political, economic, and cultural factors on media professionalism. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 410 or MSCH-J 410. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, TEL-T 205, or TEL-T 207. An analysis of the media environment, including organizational structure, corporate responsibility, and the role of the individual in the media environment. Formulation of ethical principles to guide media policy and practice. Credit given for only one of MSCH-L 317 or TEL-T 316. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 207; or consent of instructor. Overview of basic U.S. law and government. Specific analysis of who makes U.S. telecommunications policy, how it is done, and its effects. Course includes a case study of recent policymaking that varies each semester. Credit given for only one of MSCH-L 322 or TEL-T 321. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, TEL-T 205, or TEL-T 207; or consent of instructor. Surveys the constitutional foundations of telecommunications law and policy in the United States. Primary focus on the philosophies informing the freedom of speech and press traditions, the First Amendment and how it applies to electronic media, and government regulations purporting to promote First Amendment values. Credit given for only one of MSCH-L 424 or TEL-T 424. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101. A comparative study of the development of broadband networks in different parts of the world. The interaction between national telecommunications policies and international arrangements, institutions, and structures. Credit given for only one of MSCH-T 427 or TEL-T 427. (3 credit hours.)
  2. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the specialization.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the specialization—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    3. Exceptions to specialization requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.