Journalism Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

JLS  130 WRITING FOR COMMUNICATION CHANNELS      (3)

Fundamentals of style, grammar, and structure in writing for specific communication channels.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

JLS  130H WRITING FOR COMMUNICATION CHANNELS - HONORS      (3)

Fundamentals of style, grammar, and structure in writing for specific communication channels.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  Honors student group.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

JLS  131 MEDIA WRITING AND REPORTING      (3)

Focuses on information gathering, story organization, and basic news writing.  1.5 hrs. lecture, 1.5 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: JLS 130 or 130H

 

JLS  199 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

JLS  200 MASS MEDIA AND SOCIETY      (3)

Development and functions of mass media in Western civilization and their relationship to social, economic, cultural, political, and regulatory systems.  SPW

 

JLS  200H MASS MEDIA AND SOCIETY      (3)

Development and functions of mass media in Western civilization and their relationship to social, economic, cultural, political, and regulatory systems.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPW

 

JLS  208 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-6)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate organization for students who have a limited background in a discipline.  Pass-Fail only.  Instructor consent required.  

 

JLS  230 HUMOR WRITING      (3)

Introduction to the elements of humor writing, including the creation of jokes, sketches, monologues, and articles.  Letter grade only.  

 

JLS  231 ADVANCED REPORTING      (3)

Development of news beats and news judgment; techniques of information gathering, including an introduction to computer-assisted reporting.  1.5 hrs. lecture, 1.5 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: (JLS 130 or 130H) and JLS 131

 

JLS  232 BASIC EDITING      (3)

Developing news judgment, copy editing, headline writing, stylebook usage, photo editing, and newspaper design.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

JLS  299 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

JLS  330 FEATURE WRITING      (3)

Writing and marketing of nonfiction feature articles for newspapers, magazines, and other print media.  1.5 hrs. lecture, 1.5 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: JLS 131 and JLS 231

 

JLS  331W PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING      (3)

Reporting that focuses on municipal, county, and state governments; judicial systems; education; and institutions. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: JLS 131 and JLS 231 JWRT

 

JLS  332 ADVANCED EDITING: VOICE, STORY STRUCTURE, AND PUBLICATION MANAGEMENT      (3)

Applying publication design principles, structure, and styles for the print media.  Type, illustrations, color, and new technology; writing publication specifications.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  JLS 232

 

JLS  333 SPECIAL PROJECTS WORKSHOP      (1-3)

Advanced practice in planning and producing verbal and visual information materials. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

JLS  340W SCIENCE WRITING      (3)

Explores skills needed in writing about science for a general audience, including assessing newsworthiness, dealing with jargon and controversy, and conveying the excitement of discovery.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: JLS 131 and Junior Status or higher JWRT

 

JLS  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-fail only.  Fee required.  No repeat limit.  Department consent required.  

 

JLS  399 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-6)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

JLS  401 STUDENT PUBLICATIONS ADVISER     (3)

Techniques of advising for the junior high or high school yearbook, magazine, and newspaper. Production basics; intensive hands-on projects and activities.  Prerequisite: JLS 231 and PR 332

 

JLS  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  

 

JLS  431C CRITICAL AND ANALYTICAL REPORTING      (3)

Researching, reporting, and writing interpretative articles, editorials, columns, and reviews.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: JLS 130 and JLS 131 and JLS 231 CAP

 

JLS  433 MEDIA MANAGEMENT      (3)

Investigates the management responsibilities of publishing print media. Examines business, editorial, advertising, circulation, technological, and decision-making aspects.  

 

JLS  434 MAGAZINE EDITING AND PRODUCTION      (3)

Advanced editing techniques, design principles, and magazine production. 1.5 hrs. lecture, 1.5 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: JLS 231 and JLS 232

 

JLS  440C ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND REPORTING      (3)

Researching, reporting on, and publishing articles about environmental issues for a variety of media.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher CAP

 

JLS  466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.  

 

JLS  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  Department consent required.  

 

JLS  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.  

 

JLS  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only.